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 invites visitors lodging in this neighborhood. Even if you aren't staying nearby, you are free to stop by to check out the sights.

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

And, one of the most exciting options while spending some time exploring the area could be eating a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of the park. The closest place to eat to Derek Walcott Square is Pink Plantation House, which dishes out Caribbean meals. The eatery is a small ways away, but far enough that you might decide to make advance plans for using a type of transport to visit there. Church's Chicken Castries and Kimlan's Restaurant are some of the additional restaurant options close-by where guests can experience the flavors of St. Lucia, and munch on some tasty cuisine.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find other activities nearby, including Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which is less than a hundred yards away downtown Castries. Furthermore, you can consider heading over to Walcott House, which is another attraction not far away.

Parks are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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
Walcott House Museum 0.2 mi. (0.3 km) SE Castries Saint Lucia
King George V Gardens -- 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) NE North Castries Saint Lucia
St. Lucia Folk Research Centre Museum 0.4 mi. (0.6 km) N 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
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

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Cost

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

Location: Bourbon Street, downtown Castries, Saint Lucia

 

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