This is an exceptionally beautiful island
It seems to me that there are a lot of interesting things to take photos of in the area of the port - not even counting the cruise ships. I confess that I have not taken the chance to do this in the way I have done at other ports. But I do have some photos of the harbor to pique your interest.It's freemore
The first place we went on the Island Splendor tour from the ship was an 18th century plantation type house situated above Castries. St Mark’s was built in 1887 on the foundation of an old lodge called ‘Diamond Jubilee Lodge’ and rebuilt again in 1942. Views from outside offer a panoramic view of the city, where inside the antique furniture, some...more
Used to be called Sandals Regency - I've stayed here twice. Grounds are well-kept, rooms are clean...more
If you are looking for an elegant resort with spectacular views of the Caribbean and the island, the...more
Choc Bay, PO Box 129 , Castries, Caribbean
Good for: Business
A lot of people come to Castries on a cruise ship. Each time we have been there have been other ships in port with us. The first time when we came on NCL Pearl, there were two other ships there - one the Carnival Destiny and the other Saga Rose which I think was a German ship. The second time when we were on the HAL Maasdam there was a Silversea...more
We saw a little ferry from the ship. It says on it that it is a ferry. I find there are several ferry options in and around Castries. I don't know which one of these the little boat we saw wasThe two sides of Marigot Bay are connected by continual ferry service. Rodney Bay has hourly ferry service from its marina and shopping area between 9:00 a.m....more
I have not seen the big international airport at the south end of the island. But the little airport in Castries for local Caribbean flights was visible. The flights are primarily with turboprop aircraft such as the ATR-72 or de Havilland Canada Dash 8 DHC-8-300. Smaller air carriers also operate flights with prop aircraft. The airfield currently...more
As always, there are shops around the port for people to buy gifts and souvenirs. I do not do much shopping, and I didn't do any in Castries either time we came to St. Lucia.
What to buy: I did take a photo in 2007 of La Place Carenage was opened in December, 1996 by SLASPA in an effort to carry out projects designed to stimulate social and economic growth and to serve the increasing number of cruise ships berthing at the Queen Elizabeth II docks. La Place Carenage is an air-conditioned, three story duty free shopping mall featuring a perfect mix of shopping, dining and entertainment.
Well known throughout the Caribbean, Pointe Seraphine is home to the cruise dedicated berths on the Island. It is located within walking distance of the city of Castries, and consists of a number of shops offering a range of both locally made and international products. Water taxis are also available from Pointe Seraphine to La Place Carenage.
I thought pissing in the streets or in any place other than a urinal was some feature of the Spanish colonial legacy but St. Lucia proved me wrong. Unless, of course, this is a crude joke cleverly planted by the town hall officials to attract the cruise ship world travelers and give them a lesson on cultural diversity and inevitable intercourse; or, most often the “attractions” that these “individuals” are attracted to are of the artificial Disney Land quality so why not create one with some pungent local flavor. At the same time, considering that this spot is at the entrance of the central market where in addition to the numerous stalls there are a bunch of eateries, this is definitely not the right location for a relief of this sort. Mind you, it is not immediately clear whether there is a legal toilet in the vicinity.
Cap Moule à Chique Light - the old lighthouse located above Vieux-Fort was built in1912 a concrete or stucco-clad cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery. Tower painted white, lantern red. A short concrete block post near the lighthouse carries the active light. In 2007, I glimpsed the lighthouse from the tour bus and I saw it again from several viewpoints in 2013. It has been restored and is apparently a good place for weddings as there are wonderful views. I have not been up to the lighthouse - only taken photos from afar.
Castries was your typical town in the Caribbean. Hot, packed and colorful. There were a little of little places that were significant in the town's history.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory had to be looking at the view of the town from one of the lookout points as you go up along the winding roads. I'm a sucker for a good view.