Derek Walcott Square

Photo Credit: © Roger Wollstadt CC
 

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.

The entrance to the square is guarded by two local law enforcement officers who stand beneath an arch reading "Derek Walcott Square," and as visitors walk through the park, they will see busts of both Walcott and Sir Arthur Lewis. The Central Library is set in the west corner and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is located in the east. The walls surrounding the square feature the artwork of artist Dunstan St. Omer.

The Derek Walcott Square features a monument to locals who lost their lives in war, a placard detailing Walcott's literary accomplishments, and a huge Samaan tree said to be over 400 years old. Locals call this towering beauty the Massay tree.

Location

Located near the middle of downtown Castries, Derek Walcott Square happily welcomes local residents and vacationers who are rooming in or close to this neighborhood. Whether or not you are staying very close, you should consider dropping by for some fun in the sun.

Derek Walcott Square is surrounded by Laborie, Micoud, Bourbon, and Brazil Streets. You can park on any of the four roads and enter the park on foot.

Nearby Restaurants

If you build an appetite exploring the park, you're going to be in luck, as you'll find an exceptionally large selection of food offerings within traveling distance. Pink Plantation House, which has a menu full of Caribbean food, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Pink Plantation House is a short ways away, but removed enough that you will probably want to make plans for using a type of transportation to visit there. Church's Chicken Castries and Charms Cafe are some more nearby lunch and dinner possibilities where visitors will be able to try something different on St. Lucia.

Nearby Attractions

There are some additional attractions in the area, including Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which is less than a hundred yards away downtown Castries. You might also consider checking out King George V Gardens, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. The attractions nearest to this particular outdoor site are listed in the following table.

Attractions Near Derek Walcott Square
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Historic Site 0.0 mi. (0.0 km) E Downtown Castries Saint Lucia
King George V Gardens -- 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) NE North Castries Saint Lucia
Government House Historic Site 0.5 mi. (0.9 km) WSW Castries Saint Lucia
Le Pavillion Royal Museum Museum 0.5 mi. (0.9 km) WSW Castries Saint Lucia
St. Lucia Folk Research Centre Museum 0.6 mi. (0.8 km) NE North Castries Saint Lucia
La Toc Battery Historic Site 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) W 1.0 mi. West of Castries Saint Lucia
Choc Cemetery Historic Site 1.0 mi. (1.5 km) N North Castries Saint Lucia
Fort Charlotte Historic Site 1.9 mi. (2.9 km) SSW 1.8 mi. Northeast of Marigot Saint Lucia

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Cost

This is a public park, and costs nothing to stroll through.

Location: Castries, Saint Lucia

 

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