Port of Call Castries, St Lucia
Cruise ship docked at Port Careenage (to the right), and another across the bay at Pointe Seraphine. Castries, St Lucia.
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 15 minutes by cab to the north of Castries.
Soufrière is a popular destination for shore excursions. The town is St Lucia's oldest - it was named by the French after the sulphorous 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.
St Lucia’s rugged terrain is ideal for jungle adventures. On offer are walking, biking and horse-riding. If you've a head for heights try out the zip-wire rides soaring above the jungle.
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