Castries Cruises

Castries sits on the west coast of St Lucia and is the capital of the island, as well as the largest city.

It’s a popular port of call for ships cruising around the Caribbean, which dock to the north of the main harbour at Pointe Seraphine.

Around the dock, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or do enjoy some retail therapy, with a range of duty free shopping opportunities being located in a complex close to the harbour.

Once you head into Castries itself, you’ll be able to find the main landmarks with ease, with the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Fort Charlotte being two of the major attractions.

The Cathedral sits off what was once known as Columbus Square and is one of the largest in the Caribbean, whilst Fort Charlotte was once the place where the French held their military headquarters on the island.

Located on Morne Fortune and offering stunning views across the city the city, the remains of the fort are listed as an important historical structure and are well worth a visit, with Government House – the official residence of the governor general of St Lucia – located nearby.

Should the duty free shops in the harbour not be to your liking, you might instead prefer to visit the large open air market in the heart of Castries, which dates back to the 1890s and is home to stalls selling all manner of goods.

Travel further afield from Castries and might book onto a trip to Pigeon Island, which is located to the north of the capital. The 44 acre reserve was once home to a fort that was used to defend the mainlaind, with a museum now located in what was once the officers’ mess building.

As you would expect from one of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations, there are plenty of beaches in the area around Castries where you can sit back with a drink and simply relax under the sun on an island that provides a little taste of paradise.

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