Castries, the capital of St Lucia and the 4th biggest city in the Eastern Caribbean, is a popular spot for cruisers, day trippers and those wanting a bit more from a Caribbean break than a beautiful beach. This easy-going city is a great place to try out some local St Lucian food as well as being a great base to explore other Caribbean islands such as Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica.
Castries is well treasured by people with a love for Caribbean culture and a fondness for doing a spot of shopping. Go down to the harbour and hop on a catamaran to explore the coastline and the unmistakable pitons of St Lucia or rent out a kayak where you can explore the ocean at a more leisurely pace. For amazing duty-free shopping, head to La Place Carenage Shopping Plaza and show your passport for great bargains!
For families in Castries, go to Rainforest Adventures where you and the kids can take an open aerial tram ride through the rainforest and swing through the canopies from 18 separate platforms! For more adventure take a hike up the Gros Piton Mountain, one of St Lucia most recognisable landmarks, where a walk can take up to 5 hours depending on how far you want to climb. However, the views you’re rewarded with are priceless!
There are plenty of choices for food and drink in Castries. La Place Carenage Shopping Plaza is one of the main places to stop for a quick bite to eat but Castries Market is where you’ll find some real culinary gems. Go early for breakfast and enjoy the local’s favourite of green fig and salt fish pie or alternatively there’s a rich spiced chocolate drink which is perfect for an evening treat.