Castries

Travel Guide
La Toc Beach
Dive head first into St. Lucia’s vibrant capital city to experience Creole-inspired cuisine, funky nightclubs, historic buildings and bustling markets.

Castries is a wonderful feast for the senses. In this bustling city, home to 40 percent of St. Lucia’s population, music wafts along the streets, colorful fruit and vegetables grown on the island’s fertile soils decorate market stalls and women sport brightly colored traditional dress. Set off on a walking tour of this enigmatic city to experience the heart of St. Lucian life.

Start your explorations in Derek Walcott Square, named in honor of one of the country’s two Nobel laureates. Colonial buildings line the edges of the square, which features carefully tended gardens, as well as a memorial to fallen soldiers.

From there head to the nearby Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Admire the stone exterior of one of the city’s most important cultural centers before heading inside, where bright colors adorn the walls and high ceilings.

Haggle for souvenirs and trinkets at the Castries Central Market. Buy plump fresh fruit and vegetables and sample some local cuisine from the food stalls. Food is an important part of St. Lucian life and Castries is home to excellent haute cuisine restaurants as well as local eateries. Enjoy dishes with ingredients such as coconut, papaya, mango, fish and green figs.

Make your way to the top of Morne Fortune, which looms 852 feet (260 meters) above the city. Visit the fortress there and learn about Castries’ military history at the small museum. It also boasts some excellent views so don’t forget your camera.

When your feet are tired from walking, head to the beach for a well-deserved rest. Lay on the warm golden sands of Vigie Beach, La Toc Beach or Choc Beach, where turquoise-colored waters lap against the sand. Find shade under swaying palm trees.

There are two arrival points into Castries: George F.L Charles Airport, located a short distance from downtown, and Pointe Seraphine Port for cruise ships. It is a small city and easily navigable. Hail a cab to get out to the beaches in just a few minutes or hop on a catamaran to explore the beautiful west coast including famous Marigot Bay.

Where to stay in Castries

Bel Jou Hotel – Adults Only – All Inclusive
Bel Jou Hotel – Adults Only – All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
La Pansee, Castries, 00124
The price is $260 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 3.5-star all-inclusive property in Castries. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (92 reviews)
"This was a great property overall. It was quite inexpensive, yet you still felt well treated by the guest. The free shuttle is great. The food was great, a combination of local cuisine with international cuisines. The only issue is the location is isolated, which could be a pro & con. You are near ..."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Bel Jou Hotel – Adults Only – All Inclusive
Villa Beach Cottages
Villa Beach Cottages
3 out of 5
Choc Bay, P.O. Box 129, Castries
The price is $285 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Castries. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (162 reviews)
"Unbeatable views. Friendly and helpful staff. Fantastic."

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2022

Villa Beach Cottages
Rendezvous
Rendezvous
3.5 out of 5
Cap Estate, Castries
The price is $877 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 30
Stay at this 3.5-star beach property in Castries. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 3 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Vigie Beach and Vendor’s Arcade are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (11 reviews)
"Amazing resort! Character and charm at every turn, the PERFECT romantic getaway, breathtaking ambiance and views, lots of activities included throughout the day, wonderful food (even for Vegans) and the personal connection with the staff was what made the trip unforgettable and the resort unlike ..."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Rendezvous
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tranquility Getaway
Tranquility Getaway
3 out of 5
Mt Fortune, Castries, Castries
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Castries. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Eudovic's Art Studio and Mont Fortune Historic ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Really nice property. Will def be back. I realise there was water issues in the room"

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Tranquility Getaway
Bayside Villa St. Lucia
Bayside Villa St. Lucia
3.5 out of 5
La Toc Road, Castries
Stay at this 3.5-star golf villa in Castries. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an airport shuttle. Popular attractions La Toc Battery and Fort Charlotte are ...
3.7/5 Good! (3 reviews)
Beautiful Villa centrally located...
"My stay was fabulous...the villa was very spacious and extremely clean...view from balcony was awesome...Host made us feel welcomed...tourist attractions were all centrally located and within easy access... will definitely recommend to others...thank you John for making our stay wonderful..."

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2017

Bayside Villa St. Lucia
La Toc Villa, your private Caribbean experience
La Toc Villa, your private Caribbean experience
Castries, Castries
Stay at this family-friendly resort in Castries. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Fort Charlotte and La Toc Battery ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
St Lucia is as nice as you hoped
"We loved St Lucia and loved this place."

Reviewed on May 29, 2022

La Toc Villa, your private Caribbean experience
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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