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Castries, St Lucia

St Lucia has been a part of the British Commonwealth since 1803. But prior to that, it was often occupied by the French, which is evident in much of the island's culture. Castries offers a colourful local market and great shopping. And the surrounding areas offer lush rainforests, striking waterfalls, beautiful beaches and Sulphur Springs ? the world's only drive-through volcano.

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Castries, St Lucia

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

See the beautiful coastline of St Lucia from the deck of a catamaran. You'll have an unbeatable view of the scenery and get an exhilarating ride, too.

Other Fun Things to Do

Take a tour of St Lucia's green mountains, banana valleys, rainforests, fishing villages and the town of Soufrière. Drive by bus through Castries, Cul de Sac, the Roseau banana plantations and the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye and Canaries. Then board a boat for a relaxing ride back down the scenic coastline to Anse Cochon for swimming in beautiful crystal-clear waters.
Hike Soufrière, home of St Lucia's most famous landmark, the towering Pitons, a set of primeval twin peaks topping 610 m (2,000 ft). Then take a relaxing dip in one of the warm sulphuric pools full of special nutrients.

Sporting Adventures

Fish for blue marlin and other big game fish on a challenging deep sea fishing adventure.

Shopping for Bargains

The best duty-free shopping in this port is near the harbour in Castries, at the Spanish-style complex of Pointe Seraphine. Fine china, crystal, perfume and leather goods are found there.  Designer jewellery and watch brands are available at great savings, including Caribbean Hook, Honora, John Atencio, John Hardy, Kabana, Roberto Coin, Starnight, Alfex, Cartier, Concord, Gucci, Maurice LaCroix, Michele, Movado, Wenger and more. The outdoor market on Jeremie Street offers a wide array of straw goods. The best known products are the hand-silk-screened and hand-printed fabrics and fashions created by local craftsmen.

Local Currency

The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD). U.S. dollars, credit cards and traveller's cheques are widely accepted.

Weather in Castries, St Lucia


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 82.9° 28.28°
Average Low 70.5° 21.39°
Mean Temperature 77° 25°
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 4.7 in 11.94 cm

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