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Castries is the capital city of Saint Lucia. Founded by the French in 1650, Castries now has a population of just over 11,000.

The view over Castries harbour from the viewing point just below Government House.

Of itself, Castries doesn't have a huge amount to offer visitors, and it's usually just a place that you'll pass through on your way to the more obvious attractions of Saint Lucia.

Even though Castries doesn't have much to offer, you can usually find a fair number of tourists wandering about the place, as the cruise ships that visit Saint Lucia dock at Pointe Seraphine, in the northern part of the city.


There is a tourist information office, a 15 minute walk from the town centre in the cruise ship dock at Pointe Seraphine.

Free maps are available from the information desk in the La Place Carenage mall on Jeremie Street, just along from the St.Lucia Fire Service building.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • George FL Charles Airport (SLU) is just outside of Castries. See the Saint Lucia#Get_in section for more information.

By boat[edit]

Many visitors will come into Castries on the cruise ships that dock at Point Seraphine.

For details on the ferries that operate from Castries, see the Saint Lucia#Get_in section.

There is actually an anchorage for sailing boats in Castries harbour, although most visitors on sailing boats tend to dock at Rodney Bay Marina, just outside of Gros Islet and then get a bus or taxi in.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

These provide a cheap and fun way of getting around:

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  • wander around the lively local market on Jeremie Street.
  • visit the viewing point over the harbour, at Morne Fortune, just below Government House.
  • relax in Derek Walcott Square.
  • top up your suntan on Vigie beach.

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There are duty free shops in Pointe Seraphine, where the cruise ships dock, and also in La Place Carenage mall on Jeremie Street.

For more local goods, the busy market on Jeremie Street is worth a visit.

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There are cheap local eatries in a small alley that runs alongside the market and down to Jeremie Street.

A friendly and cheap cafe selling local food is on the first floor of a building on Derek Walcott square.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Fond Bay Suites, Fond Bay Drive Escap (Castries Highway/Escap (north of Micoud)), 758 714-1177, [1]. Located on the east coast overlooking Fond Bay. Luxury villa and suites, vacation accommodation.  edit
  • The BodyHoliday Resort, Cariblue Beach Cap Estate Post office box 437, Castries, Saint Lucia, 758-457-7800, [2]. An all inclusive St. Lucia resort with an extensive spa and wellness program.  edit
  • Rendezvous Couples Resort, Malabar Beach PO Box 190 Castries, St.Lucia, 758-457-7900, [3]. A 4 star, all inclusive couples resort, dedicated to personalizing romantic vacations for couples.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • take a bus or taxi to Marigot Bay, where the 1967 film Dr. Doolittle was filmed.
  • If you arrive by cruise ship, it is possible to rent a car without having to leave the terminal. You will pay a premium, but it does make pick up and drop off easy. Dan's Car rental charges roughly $120 per day, which includes the required permit (price as of December 2018). They require a credit card to preauthorize a security deposit but you can pay for the rental by either cash or credit. Beware that gas on the island is expensive but a little goes a long way and there are plenty of gas stations on the island.
  • Soufriere is roughly 1.5-2hrs drive from Castries.

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