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Castries, St. Lucia

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Overview

St. Lucia is a volcanic island nation located in the Eastern Caribbean. It's known as the "Helen of the West Indies" because it switched between British and French control quite often over its history. The island gained its independence in 1979.

The island of St. Lucia is very "green," as it's filled with tropical rainforest. It's a mountainous island, with many beaches, hotels and resorts located in it. In fact, St. Lucia is one of the most mountainous islands in the entire Caribbean. St. Lucia happens to be a very popular honeymoon destination because of its wonderful weather and picturesque vistas. The most popular tourist season in St. Lucia tends to be between January and April, but it's a definite year round tourist destination.


Castries is the capital city of the island of St. Lucia, and is also where the major cruise ships port when visiting this island.


Destinations
Castries, St. Lucia is included on several Caribbean cruise itineraries.


Cruise Lines Departing Here

Castries, St. Lucia is not a cruise departure port.


Currency
The official currency is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD). US Dollars are usually accepted in many locations as well. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using. ATM machines will usually give you a better exchange rate than a hotel. Using a credit card is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency.


Language
The official language of St. Lucia is English. However, the majority of the locals speak Kreole (a form of French patois) as well. The particular type of Kroele spoken in St. Lucia is known as Kwéyòlaka.


Tourist Attractions
There are many duty-free shops by the cruise terminals in Catries (Point Seraphine and La Place Carinage). Quite a few restaurants are available in both areas as well. There are even supermarkets there. If you're into bargain shopping head downtown to check out the Castries Market.

Being the main tourist area in St. Lucia, there are many hotels and resorts in Castries, along with the nearby main towns (such as Gros Islet, Soufrière and Rodney Bay).

Like most of the Caribbean islands, the major tourist attractions in St. Lucia are the beautiful beaches. Beaches near Castries include Choc Beach (about a 20 minute drive from the cruise ports), Vigie Beach (a white sand beach near the airport, located 2 km north of Castries), Malabar Beach and La Toc Beach.

Mount Gimie is the highest point on the very mountainous island of Saint Lucia, at 950 meters above sea level. The Pitons (located near the towns of Soufrière and Choiseuland) are two mountains that form St. Lucia's most famous landmark, which happens to be a World Heritage Site.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is a major landmark in Castries. It's located in Derek Walcott Square and is the seat of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Castries. It's nickname is "The Cathedral," and it's the largest church in the Caribbean.

Marigot Bay is a town in St. Lucia where many celebrities own homes. It's located a few miles away from Castries, and is surrounded on three sides by forest-filled hills.


Port Location
Cruise ships dock at either Point Seraphine or La Place Carinage. Both of these ports are located right by downtown Castries.
 
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