Castries Attractions

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Castries is a lively port town that serves as a great destination for tourists who want to do more than relax on the beach -- though this is certainly an option.  Within the city there are numerous historic attractions, government buildings, and landmarks, as well as several parks for a hint of the more natural side of the island.  If you're one who really wants to explore the local eco-system, there are trails and waterfalls nearby.  In contrast, a few gaming centers keep those who'd like to do a bit of gambling busy. 


La Toc Beach

You will find a large number of beaches to visit in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some locations, for visitors who enjoy this relaxing pastime. Click on the name of each beach to read a detailed article concerning that specific beach.

La Toc Beach: From the center of Castries City, go west past the Ferry Terminal on Millenium Hwy. The road winds a bit, and taking your fourth right will put you on the road with access to the beach.

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A second alternative to consider is Vigie Beach. The beach runs alongside the Vigie Airport runway, which seems like an immediate drawback; but the airport is relatively quiet, and its presence means a lack of hotels and resorts, keeping the beach clean and peaceful. Being close to Castries, it also puts you in a good location for shopping, dining, and other activities when you're day at the beach is finished.

Malabar Beach: While not overly urbanized, this is a beach that does see quite a number of visitors. Its location adjacent to the the runway of Vigie Airport make it quick and easy to access for those staying along the northwest coast - the most popular tourist area.

These are just a sample of your choices. To navigate to our full guide to beaches, click here.

Landmark Attractions

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Many travelers choose to visit St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. It is located in the heart of Castries. The St. Lucia Folk Research Centre features exhibits that represent the daily lives of the native people of the island of St. Lucia. Additionally, the research center includes a library with an extensive collection of books, articles, and other text related to the people and culture of St. Lucia; videos of cultural events; and images that span several decades.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Le Pavillion Royal Museum. It is located in western Castries. With a focus on the Government House of St. Lucia, the museum details the affairs the building and the governor Governor-General, and the role they have played on St. Lucia history. As the representative of the Monarch, the Governor-General has been the day to day manager of St. Lucia since 1627, and you can bet in the nearly four centuries that the office has played a role.

Walcott House: The childhood home of Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott, stands for those who wish to visit. The Saint Lucia National Trust keep it open in hopes of facilitating a space for education and inspiration.

But that's not all -- you'll find some other landmark attractions. If interested, you can obtain more information concerning other interesting places to visit in this area by following this link.

Natural Attractions

Derek Walcott Square

Visitors who enjoy natural surroundings will typically enjoy Derek Walcott Square. Named for St. Lucian author Derek Walcott who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, this public square is located in the heart of St. Lucia's capital city of Castries. Not only is there a spot to honor Walcott, but the park also pays homage to residents who lost their lives in battle.

King George V Gardens is a second option to consider visiting. Named after a British King of the early 1900's, the gardens are a popular place for a walk in the middle of the day. Located nearby many other attractions, it is a place easily visited without going out of your way.

Castries has many other choices. To read a more complete discussion of this topic, see this article.


St. Lucia Casinos

People do not usually stay in Castries to gamble, although there is one such place nearby, Treasure Bay Casino. <p>Amass a treasure of your own at Treasure Bay Casino on St. Lucia. With 250 slot machines and a number of table games, along with the opportunity to join the Player's Club, the opportunities for big wins are endless.</p>


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