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.
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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.
Located near the center of downtown Castries, Derek Walcott Square welcomes residents and tourists lodging in this neighborhood or the surrounding area. Regardless of whether or not you're staying nearby, you are free to stop by for some fun in the sun.
Of course, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be chowing down on a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of this park. The closest place to eat to Derek Walcott Square is Pink Plantation House, which serves Caribbean dishes. The dining establishment is a small ways away, but out of the way enough that you might want to make advance plans for using some method of transport to visit there. Church's Chicken Castries and are some of the additional restaurant options close-by where you could try something different on St. Lucia.
Other kinds of local activities include Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which is less than a hundred yards away downtown Castries. Furthermore, you can think about heading over to King George V Gardens, which is another nearby attraction.
If you can't wait to see as many of St. Lucia's attractions as possible, take a look at what is closest in the following table.
|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|
|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|
This is a public park, and costs nothing to stroll through.
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