Natural Attractions in Castries

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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. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Pigeon Island National Landmark

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation under the open sky? There is one hiking trail and some nature preserves near Castries.

Pigeon Island National Landmark is a great nature preserve found within 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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Castries
Name Type Location Island
Pigeon Island National Landmark Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Pigeon Island, 6.1 mi. North of Central Castries Pigeon Island


Although most visitors have heard about the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Castries multiple choices, including 5 waterfalls.

You should consider visiting Sault Falls, which is located 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 table below provides you with more details on waterfalls.

Waterfalls Near Castries
Name Type Location
River Rock Waterfall Waterfall 5.6 mi. South of Central Castries
Sault Falls Waterfall 8.9 mi. Southeast of Central Castries

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Derek Walcott Square

Guests can enjoy a 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.

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 shown in the chart below.

Parks and Gardens In Castries
Name Type Location
Derek Walcott Square Park Downtown Castries
King George V Gardens Botanical Garden 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Castries

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Castries are provided right below.

Land Formations In Castries
Name Type Location
Cocoa Nut Pt Point 0.8 mi. West of Downtown Castries
D'Estrees Pt Point 1.2 mi. Northwest of Downtown Castries

Keep in mind, Castries includes other attractions. To get more information on other attractions for Castries, use this link.


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