Posted January 2nd, 2018, 10:55 AM
WOW, I have been sailing 25+ years in the Caribbean and for some reason was never able to book one with St Lucia. I am St Thomas, Antigua'd out, with the other islands being hit every couple of years. SO, I have been looking forward to visiting St Lucia, but these posts remind me of it being kind of an Antigua. Which we have no problem, because we just go over the boardwalk and leave through the other gate. What is at the port, being our first time, we don't want to do a tour, just get a lay of the land, so they say. What kind of shops are nearby, restaurants?
There's little in Castries proper for visitors. It's not a pretty city, it's very much a working capital and there's not much in walking distance to explore.
Castries Craft and Food Market is right nearby, and was named third best food market in the world by NatGeo a few years back. Interesting to stroll and see the different produce, meats, spices, etc. There's some food stalls if you want to have a local meal.
The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception is fairly close by, worth a walk past - you'll also pass Derek Walcott Square, which is a small lovely Park.
Or walk over to Vigie Beach - 20-30 minute walk, with boardwalk, beach, chairs, local food and drink, etc.
There's shopping inside the port areas, typical tourist ships, DI, etc. St Lucia isn't a shopping destination like other islands, namely St Thomas or St Maarten.
Pigeon Island is a lovely natural Park with history, ruins, small beach, some hiking, and excellent fare at Jambe des Bois.
Otherwise, for views, etc you'll need a cab ride at the least - up Morne Fortune for some excellent views, then over to Pink Plantation for wonderful fresh local meals. Or up to Rodney Bay for more dining options, beach, etc
St Lucia is much better known for our natural lush tropical scenery and Pitons, etc - none of which is near port. You'd need a tour or taxi ride down to Soufriere to see what really sets ups apart from the likes of Antigua or St Thomas, etc.