Castries

Travel Guide
La Toc Beach
Dive head first into St. Lucia’s vibrant capital city to experience Creole-inspired cuisine, funky nightclubs, historic buildings and bustling markets.

Castries is a wonderful feast for the senses. In this bustling city, home to 40 percent of St. Lucia’s population, music wafts along the streets, colorful fruit and vegetables grown on the island’s fertile soils decorate market stalls and women sport brightly colored traditional dress. Set off on a walking tour of this enigmatic city to experience the heart of St. Lucian life.

Start your explorations in Derek Walcott Square, named in honor of one of the country’s two Nobel laureates. Colonial buildings line the edges of the square, which features carefully tended gardens, as well as a memorial to fallen soldiers.

From there head to the nearby Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Admire the stone exterior of one of the city’s most important cultural centers before heading inside, where bright colors adorn the walls and high ceilings.

Haggle for souvenirs and trinkets at the Castries Central Market. Buy plump fresh fruit and vegetables and sample some local cuisine from the food stalls. Food is an important part of St. Lucian life and Castries is home to excellent haute cuisine restaurants as well as local eateries. Enjoy dishes with ingredients such as coconut, papaya, mango, fish and green figs.

Make your way to the top of Morne Fortune, which looms 852 feet (260 meters) above the city. Visit the fortress there and learn about Castries’ military history at the small museum. It also boasts some excellent views so don’t forget your camera.

When your feet are tired from walking, head to the beach for a well-deserved rest. Lay on the warm golden sands of Vigie Beach, La Toc Beach or Choc Beach, where turquoise-colored waters lap against the sand. Find shade under swaying palm trees.

There are two arrival points into Castries: George F.L Charles Airport, located a short distance from downtown, and Pointe Seraphine Port for cruise ships. It is a small city and easily navigable. Hail a cab to get out to the beaches in just a few minutes or hop on a catamaran to explore the beautiful west coast including famous Marigot Bay.

Where to stay in Castries

Villa Beach Cottages
Villa Beach Cottages
3 out of 5
Choc Bay, P.O. Box 129, Castries
The price is CA $379 per night from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2
CA $379
per night
Feb. 1 - Feb. 2
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Castries. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (183 reviews)
"Very beautiful setting right on the water. Quiet and calm and able to relax. Staff was very helpful on everything. Sometimes felt pressured to tip for everything but not bad. Only complaint was pool was very cold and spa did not work while we were there. Overall very relaxing yet enjoyable time. ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 26, 2023

Villa Beach Cottages
Bel Jou Hotel – Adults Only – All Inclusive
Bel Jou Hotel – Adults Only – All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
La Pansee, Castries, 00124
The price is CA $441 per night from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22
CA $441
per night
Feb. 21 - Feb. 22
Stay at this 3.5-star all-inclusive property in Castries. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (144 reviews)
"Lovely property, very clean. Definitely need a rental car if doing off property activities as location inconvenient for walking options; Inconvenient walking makes for great views so there is a positive alternative. Shuttle options was great for going into town or beach however we like being on our ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 27, 2023

Bel Jou Hotel – Adults Only – All Inclusive
Sandals Regency La Toc - ALL INCLUSIVE Couples Only
Sandals Regency La Toc - ALL INCLUSIVE Couples Only
4.5 out of 5
La Toc Road, Castries
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Castries. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (284 reviews)
"Amazing beach, mediocre food, super friendly and attentive staff. Will be back."

Reviewed on Jan. 29, 2023

Sandals Regency La Toc - ALL INCLUSIVE Couples Only
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aanola Villas A5 Hushed Hacienda
Aanola Villas A5 Hushed Hacienda
3.5 out of 5
Castries, Castries
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Castries. Enjoy free WiFi, airport transportation, and a garden. Popular attractions Fort Charlotte and La Toc Battery are ...
Aanola Villas A5 Hushed Hacienda
Bayside Villa St. Lucia
Bayside Villa St. Lucia
3.5 out of 5
La Toc Road, Castries
Stay at this 3.5-star golf villa in Castries. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an airport shuttle. Popular attractions La Toc Battery and Fort Charlotte are ...
3.7/5 Good! (3 reviews)
Beautiful Villa centrally located...
"My stay was fabulous...the villa was very spacious and extremely clean...view from balcony was awesome...Host made us feel welcomed...tourist attractions were all centrally located and within easy access... will definitely recommend to others...thank you John for making our stay wonderful..."

Reviewed on Jul. 14, 2017

Bayside Villa St. Lucia
Aanola Villas A3 Quietude Domicile
Aanola Villas A3 Quietude Domicile
3.5 out of 5
Castries, Castries
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Castries. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Fort Charlotte and La Toc Battery are located nearby. ...
Aanola Villas A3 Quietude Domicile
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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