Castries may be the most developed town that St. Lucia has to offer, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to find a bounty of beautiful scenery and natural attractions to explore. The easiest way to spend some time outdoors in a controlled environment is at one of the area parks, but if you're feeling adventurous, take advantage of nearby hiking trails which will allow you an up-close look at local flora and fauna.
Do you like being under the open sky? You can explore one hiking trail and some nature preserves near Castries.
Pigeon Island National Park is a nature preserve located on Pigeon Island, 6.1 mi. North of central Castries. Once called the Pigeon Island National Park, this area of St. Lucia has now been dubbed the Pigeon Island National Landmark, and is considered to be one of the most important showings of island history, culture, and nature. Formerly the site of a British Garrison, this park is now a historical park and nature center, with restaurants, community events, and the still standing forts.
|Pigeon Island National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Pigeon Island, 6.1 mi. North of Central Castries||Pigeon Island|
Although most visitors are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Castries some great options, including a couple of waterfalls.
You might want to visit Sault Falls, which is situated 8.9 mi. Southeast of central Castries. Known also by Dennery and Errand Falls, Sault Faulls is one of the biggest waterfalls on the island. It is also one of the lesser-known falls, the perfect reprieve for visitors who prefer a quiet hike and dip in the cool pools that is fills.
The following table shows more details regarding waterfalls.
|Waterfall||5.6 mi. South of Central Castries|
|Sault Falls||Waterfall||8.9 mi. Southeast of Central Castries|
Travelers can visit a couple of parks, as well as a botanical garden in and around Castries.
Derek Walcott Square is located in downtown Castries. 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.
A second popular choice in this category is King George V Gardens. 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.
The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are listed in the table below.
|Derek Walcott Square||Park||Downtown Castries|
|King George V Gardens||Botanical Garden||0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Castries|
|Park||2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Castries|
Another idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Castries are summarized down below.
|Point||0.8 mi. West of Downtown Castries|
|Point||1.2 mi. Northwest of Downtown Castries|
Bear in mind, you'll be able to find a nice selection of types of attractions. Go to this article dedicated to even more attractions if you're looking for some more facts.
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