Castries Shore Excursions
Derek Walcott Square
Derek Walcott Square is named after the Nobel Laureate for Literature, well known for his emotive poetry. The grandest building on the square is the Cathedral. Its grey exterior hides a impressive interior with richly colored stained-glass windows. Whilst in the square appreciate the four hundred year old samaan tree. A short cab ride away will take you to Morne Fortune, meaning lucky hill. At the top sits Fort Charlotte, from here you can enjoy a sweeping vista of Castries.
St Lucia is reputed for its stunning beaches. The easiest to get to from Point Seraphine is Vigie Beach, a beautiful curve of golden sand, backed by swaying palm trees. It's located about a mile to the north of the port. (Even nearer to the port is Malabar Beach, but this one's located directly across the airport runway, so it's actually a longer journey). If you get bored of the beach, a pleasant walk is the hike to Vigie lighthouse, which you'll find at the end of Beacon Road on the peninsula overlooking the harbor.
Rodney Bay is the island's largest resort, a lively town of shops, beach bars, restaurants, and hotels behind Reduit Beach, a gorgeous sweep of fine sand. The resort is 8 miles (14km) north from Castries, about 15 minutes by taxi.
Pigeon Island is a National Landmark, reflecting its important place in St Lucia's history. The island was a strategic British naval base in the late 18th century. But even the history-adverse will enjoy the short hike to the top of the hill with the reward of spectacular all-round views, followed by a relaxing visit to one of two sandy (but small) beaches. Pigeon Island is a short distance north of Rodney Bay.
Soufrière is a popular destination for shore excursions. The town is St Lucia's oldest - it was named by the French after the sulfurous smell that seeps down from the nearby volcano. Situated to the south of the island and in a beautiful setting, it is about an hour's trip from Castries, along a winding road. The town still has some very old Creole wooden houses. Soufriere excursions typically also include a stop to view the famous twin Pitons, a visit to the world's only drive-in volcano, and a chance to see the impressive Diamond Falls waterfall.
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