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Castries
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Castries

Villa Beach Cottages
Villa Beach Cottages
3 out of 5
Choc Bay, P.O. Box 129, Castries
The price is $260 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Castries, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 15-minute walk of Windward Islands and Vigie Beach. St. Lucia Town Hall ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (113 reviews)

"Villa Beach Cottages are situated towards the North of the beautiful paradise island of St Lucia. The accommodation is spotlessly clean and the kitchen is perfectly equipped. It has the most luxurious four poster bed and the view from our balcony was breathtaking. The grounds and gardens are stunning. ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

Villa Beach Cottages
Sandals Halcyon - ALL INCLUSIVE Couples Only
Sandals Halcyon - ALL INCLUSIVE Couples Only
4.5 out of 5
Castries - Gros Islet Highway, Castries
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Located in Castries, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Windward Islands and Vigie Beach. St. Lucia Town Hall is ...

4.3/5Excellent! (127 reviews)
Good, but read review

"Good, but not what we expected. Foam parties and bingo to entertain a silver generation. We hacked at enjoyable stay."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

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Sandals Regency La Toc - ALL INCLUSIVE Couples Only
Sandals Regency La Toc - ALL INCLUSIVE Couples Only
4.5 out of 5
La Toc Road, Castries
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Nestled on the beach, this Castries property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Windward Islands, St. Lucia Town Hall, and La Toc Beach. Mont Fortune Historic Area and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (236 reviews)

"The food was good and the resort was clean and beautiful. The service was great"…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Sandals Regency La Toc - ALL INCLUSIVE Couples Only
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.

Vacation Rentals in Castries

Tranquility Getaway
Tranquility Getaway
3 out of 5
Mt Fortune, Castries, Castries
The price is $140 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Situated in Castries, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Windward Islands and Eudovic's Art Studio. Mont Fortune Historic Area and St. Lucia Government ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"Really nice property. Will def be back. I realise there was water issues in the room"…"

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

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Villa Xona
Villa Xona
3 out of 5
3 Good Lands Orchard, Castries, Castries

Situated in Castries, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Windward Islands and within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Lucia Town Hall and La Toc Beach. Mont Fortune Historic ...

Villa Xona
Villa Xona - a Luxury villa with stunning views - perfect for entertaining
Villa Xona - a Luxury villa with stunning views - perfect for entertaining
Castries, Castries
The price is $174 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated in Castries, this romantic villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Windward Islands and within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Lucia Town Hall and La Toc Beach. Eudovic's ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
I had an amazing time

"Lovely property, extremely spacious with a wonderful view. Your entire stay feels like a dream. The host was very helpful and friendly, the pool was very clean and everything in the house worked perfectly, I would definitely be back for a longer period of time, I loved it!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Villa Xona - a Luxury villa with stunning views - perfect for entertaining
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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Reviews of Castries

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4/5 - Good

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Jan 23, 2020

I highly recommend going to the Big Chef Steak House in Rodney Bay Village. One of the best restaurants that I have ever been to. The meal was absolutely delicious. Also, I have to say that I found the people of St. Lucia to be very nice.

4/5 - Good

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Jan 12, 2020

Some vendors a little to aggressive in the market.

4/5 - Good

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Dec 31, 2019

our hotel Auberge saraphine was conveniently located

4/5 - Good

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Aug 19, 2019

Lovey, rustic island space that sits outside of the walls of the resort world. Real people at their best.

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 29, 2019

Beautiful place, Lovely scenery.

3/5 - Okay

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Apr 17, 2019

We only stayed one night and left to bunk in with relatives at Coco beach.

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