Castries Travel Guide

  • Leaving the harbor in 2013
    Leaving the harbor in 2013
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  • Vigie Light
    Vigie Light
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  • In 2013
    In 2013
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Castries Things to Do

  • Trapse through the Town

    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. There are duty-free shopping facilities such as Point Seraphine and La Place Carinage (where I did not shop)....

  • Wander the Waterfront

    There are also lots of photographic opportunities along the water. Castries is in a flood gut and is built on reclaimed land. Its sheltered harbor is a good place for cargo vessels, ferry boats, and cruise ships to dock. If you are staying here on land, take the chance to walk around. Since we were on a ship, we had an elevated vantage point to...

  • View from the Deck

    Many cruise ship passengers can see the harbor from the deck of their ship - all they have to do is go out on deck and take notice

  • St Marks - Colonial House Above Castries

    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...

  • Bird Sanctuary in a hotel garden

    As hotels go the Auberge Seraphine must be up there in the stratosphere of uniqueness. It is a town hotel but separated from it in its own cove with the added advantage of hosting birds on its front trees. These white-feathered creatures must love what the hotel charges them since there are there for the long haul. One tree “houses” the singles and...

  • Take a tour!

    A driving tour is a must to see some of what Castries, as well as St. Lucia has to offer. I booked my excursion from the ships so I couldn't tell you how much the taxis and stuff on land are. From the port everything is in good walking distance. Along the way you'll see improptu jam sessions in the streets and locals selling their wares for the...


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Castries Transportation

  • Cruises Galore

    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...

  • Little Yellow Ferry

    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....

  • George F. L. Charles Airport

    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...


Castries Shopping

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    La Place Carenage: Duty Free

    by grandmaR Written Apr 2, 2013

    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.

    La Place 2007 Shopping area from the van 2013 Shops at the dock 2013 More shops at the dock 2013 Red roofs of shopping area 2007
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Castries Local Customs

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    Concept of Hygiene

    by Assenczo Updated Feb 20, 2013

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    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.

    Solely for your amusement
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Castries Off The Beaten Path

  • For a View of the City

    Vigie Light built in 1914 by Chance Brothers. The station was established in1883. It is an active lighthouse; the light is 320 ft high and has two white flashes every 10 seconds. The tower is 36 feet tall - a cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with red trim; lantern painted red. In October, the lighthouse was in poor...

  • Good beach on the outskirt of...

    If you are visiting Castries on a cruise ship and only have limited time for a beach visit then Vigie Beach could be a good choice.When you leave the ship follow the road that takes you pass Castries Airport.When you reach the large roundabout at the end of the runway take the track on the left hand side,this will take you onto Vigie Beach.Walking...

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    Look all around......

    by HispanicYob Written Nov 29, 2007

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Enjoying the view, if only briefly
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