Castries Travel Guide

by our St. Lucia expert Conrad Freethy
Conrad FreethyThe lush Windward Island of St Lucia, on the eastern edge of the Caribbean, couldn’t be blamed for being mildly confused about its historic identity - it changed ‘ownership’ seven times between France and England in the 17thC. Now however, it is a relaxed, independent, highly attractive blend of culture, food, patois, all in a background of the original Carib inhabitants. The capital Castries, is on the west coast and is still one of the best deep water harbours in the West Indies, having long been a home to the British Navy. It has thriving duty-free shopping areas - which can get a touch hectic if perhaps four or five massive cruise liners are in port together. There is a small airport, used if you’re island hopping, though the international routes come in further south at Hewanorra, from which most tourists scatter to the many high-standard resorts and beach hotels. The island, with its trademark twin volcanic peaks of the Pitons, is undoubtedly beautiful, very tourist-friendly, with all you could ask in tropical island climate and shores.

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St. Lucia Facts

National Flag: St. Lucian Flag
Language(s): English
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Dialling Code: +1-758*
Time Zone: GMT - 4
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