WELCOME TO CASTRIES!
A city of culture
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.