A city of cul­ture

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - CASTRIES -

Ven­dors spring up like mush­rooms on the side­walk as the sun rises. School­child­ren clutch­ing satchels run left and right to get to the bus stops. Cheer­ful chat­ter fills the air. Wel­come to Castries! Founded in 1650, Castries is a melt­ing pot of St. Lu­cian cul­ture and a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion.

Re­cently named one of the top 3 mar­kets in the world by Na­tional Ge­o­graphic, the Castries Mar­ket is a showcase of the is­land’s many ex­otic spices, fruits and vegetables. The Craft Mar­ket Con­tains the best of St. Lu­cian hand­i­crafts, with in­tri­cately hand wo­ven bas­kets and bags, jew­ellery and leather san­dals. Castries Har­bour houses duty free shop­ping fa­cil­i­ties at Point Seraphine and La Place Carenage.

St. Lu­cian his­tory is em­bed­ded in the streets of Castries. Sev­eral gov­ern­ment build­ings dot the water­front. Land­marks such as the Cathe­dral of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, Derek Wal­cott Square and Fort Char­lotte are only a hand­ful of the attractions that can be found in the city. Castries has a well-es­tab­lished and re­li­able bus and taxi sys­tem, pro­vid­ing routes to all the other dis­tricts in St. Lu­cia. There is also a ferry ser­vice that goes be­tween Castries and Fort-de-France in Mar­tinique. Though the cruise ships are the largest boats to dock in Castries, yachts are also free to an­chor in the area pro­vid­ing that they first clear cus­toms.

Truly is a busy Caribbean cap­i­tal, there is so much of St. Lu­cia con­cen­trated in the down­town area that you can ex­pe­ri­ence a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing.

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