Flights from Castries

The city of Castries is the capital of the Caribbean country Saint Lucia. It encompasses an area of 79 km2, making it also the largest city. Founded in 1650 as Carenage on reclaimed land, the city was given its current name in 1756. Castries houses the seat of government and the main post office. In addition, Castries is a port of call for cruise ships, which dock at Pointe Seraphine, to the north of the harbour.

What to see & do

Morne Fortune

Morne Fortune was originally a fort constructed by the French and captured by the British on 24 May 1796. Today, it is a hill and residential area south of Castries, still containing a memorial to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers to commemorate the battle. It is now also the site of the Saint Lucian campus of the University of the West Indies and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. However, the original fortifications still stand on the summit, and the old military buildings are located in a listed historical area.

Vigie Beach

Vigie Beach is a protected white sand beach located 2 km north of Castries. It is very easily accessible, especially since it runs parallel and immediately adjacent to the George F.L. Charles Airport. No facilities are available, only a snack shack that should be enough for hungry visitors, but Vigie Beach is peaceful and quiet and good enough for lounging around and swimming.

Eudovic's Art Studio

Vincent Joseph Eudovic is the Caribbean’s leading wood sculptor. Established in 1975, Eudovic's Art Studio displays all of his works, some of which are for sale. Eudovic is also a teacher of arts and crafts and welcomes students to his studio.

Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay is technically not in Castries; in fact, it is 3.75 miles southwest of the city. However, Marigot Bay is well worth the visit. It is a historic landmark, the site where several battles between the French and British navies took place. It was also the filming location of the 1967 film ‘Doctor Dolittle’. Marigot Bay is considered by many to be the most beautiful bay on Saint Lucia. It is best viewed from the lookout point on the main Caribbean coastal route to the bay.

Diamond Botanical Gardens, Waterfall & Mineral Baths

The Diamond Botanical Gardens, also known as St. Lucia Botanical Gardens, is one of the best tourist attractions on Saint Lucia. It is located in the town of Soufrière on the West Coast of Saint Lucia, and is home of the Diamond Waterfall, beautiful gardens, and healing mineral hot spring baths.

How to get around

The city is designed in a grid pattern, a much smaller scale of a metropolitan city such as New York. The main means of getting around is by bus. Buses in Saint Lucia are privately owned small transit-minivans. These usually have a maximum city capacity of 14 passengers. The buses start off from downtown Castries. They can be identified by the green "M" license plate and a yellow sticker in front of the vehicle stating the particular bus' route. These buses do not follow a specific timetable; they are generally more frequent on main routes during the weekday and Saturday mornings, and less frequent on Sundays and late evenings.

How to get there

There are two airports serving Saint Lucia; Hewanorra International Airport is the larger one, but George F. L. Charles Airport is nearer Castries, about 2 km north of the city. The latter airport is served by Air Antilles, Air Caraïbes, Caribbean Airlines, Caricorn Airways, Hummingbird Air, and LIAT. There are regular direct flights to Castries from Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port of Spain, Paramaribo, Saint Croix, Antigua, Barbados, Saint Kitts, Sint Maarten, and Saint Vincent.

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