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 want to enjoy more of your vacation under the open sky? You can experience one hiking trail and some nature preserves near Castries.
Pigeon Island National Landmark is a nature preserve located on Pigeon Island, 6.1 mi. North of central Castries. While the island used to be only accessible via boat, today there is a causeway open to the public. It's a located fairly close to accommodations in the Rodney Bay area, but is in an otherwise fairly isolated location -- most other attractions of interest to tourists are in other parts of the island, at least an hour's drive away.
|Pigeon Island National Landmark||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Pigeon Island, 6.1 mi. North of Central Castries||Pigeon Island|
Although most travelers are attracted by the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Castries some great options, including 5 waterfalls.
You might want to visit Sault Falls, which is found 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 chart right below lists a few details concerning waterfalls.
|Waterfall||5.6 mi. South of Central Castries|
|Sault Falls||Waterfall||8.9 mi. Southeast of Central Castries|
Visitors can visit the local park, or a botanical garden in 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.
Another attraction 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 worth looking into are shown here:
|Derek Walcott Square||Park||Downtown Castries|
|King George V Gardens||Botanical Garden||0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Castries|
Another fun idea is to visit some of the more popular area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Castries are listed in the following table.
|Point||0.8 mi. West of Downtown Castries|
|Point||1.2 mi. Northwest of Downtown Castries|
Keep in mind, Castries is home to other attraction types. To reach our page about other attractions, read this page.
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