The 10 Best Things to Do in Castries, St. Lucia

September 7, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

The bustling port city of Castries is St. Lucia's capital. Shoppers flock to the city's dozens of stores and to Castries Market for fruits, vegetables and handicrafts. Sightseers admire murals painted by a local artist inside Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and relax in Derek Walcott Square, named for the St. Lucian Nobel-prize-winning poet. Atop Morne Fortune (Hill of Good Luck) - where the French and English battled over control of the island - visitors take in panoramic vistas.
Restaurants in Castries

1. Shashamane Experience

Marigot Bay, Marigot Bay, St. Lucia
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5 based on 143 reviews

Shashamane Experience

Experience St Lucia the authentic way on tailor-made land or water tours between Rodney Bay, Marigot and Soufriere. We will pick you up from your resort , cruise ship or the airport and drop you back at the end of your trip. You may book a full, half day or just transportation from the airport. Your day can include one or more of the following amazing St Lucian experiences: Snorkeling amongst the world-famous coral reefs, visiting remote Beaches, fishing the Caribbean Sea, and beach barbecues. Visiting Soufriere for an authentic St Lucian lunch with spectacular views of the Pitons, climbing the Pitons, and sunset cruises. Visits to local attractions such as mineral-baths, drive-in volcano, hidden Waterfalls, and shopping trips to Castries market. Like us on Facebook: Shashamane Experience Water Taxi and Boat Tours

Reviewed By 995bill - Enterprise, Oregon

A dilemma! What to do on St Lucia on Christmas Day? No presents to open, no relatives to visit or to invite for Xmas dinner. But we found the solution in a traditional St Lucian custom—Xmas day beach barbecue excursion!
Denver Sava of Shashamane Experience together with his able and genial helper Dylan, picked us up at the Marigot Bay ferry dock, and together with another family with two teenagers, whisked us off for an all day adventure! Sava’s solid and seaworthy motorboat (see website for image) was perfect for coastal exploration and Dylan pointed out all the Beaches, rivers, and villages as we headed south along the east coast of St Lucia. Even a huge molasses pipeline assembled monthly to load a ships cargo from the beach factory.
Shortly after b noon we arrived at Anse Mame and disembarked onto the loveliest sand beach imaginable complete with palms, a fresh water stream, and thatched umbrella barbecue stations! Snorkeled at both ends of the beach while homemade charcoal was lit and red snapper and king fish were cooked “en papillotte”! Coconut, pineapple, banana, all super fresh and tasty wee appetizers along with peeled sugar cane stems. The fish, served with rice, carrot salad, and plantain was perfect! We found lobster while snorkeling and almost got one to barbecue—but it was Christmas.
Relaxed then on to view the Pitons from sea and landed at the incomparable Sugar Beach for more relaxing and snorkeling. Water so clear and fish so plentiful it was all like a dream—including three foot long squid cruising like a formation of F-16s!
Sava made a great day for us and has a wide range of outings to offer. He can help you to make your own memorable days!

2. Island Mix

Seagrape Rd | Side Rd, next to big chef. First driveway on right. Lots of signage., Rodney Bay, St. Lucia +1 758-584-7877
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5 based on 67 reviews

Island Mix

Island Mix is the home to over 60 St Lucian artisans and the only shop of its kind, featuring a collection of art, clothing, jewelry, pottery, food and snacks, carvings, home decor and much more. Most times you will find a visiting artisan or a class or two on our patio. We are situated in the heart of Rodney Bay along the loop road. Our view of the marina and bay from the patio just adds to the ambiance where we serve tea, coffee and a limited snack menu all made locally. New to our cafe is a daily lunch of curried chicken, lamb, beef or vegetarian A water front casual dining experience in Thursdays for fish and chips, yes with malt vinegar but no mushy peas. High tea is also an option but we ask for a booking 48hrs in advance. in addition, We have now added a room for visitors on airbnb https://abnb.me/EVmg/LPYyD5f79J and an apartment https://abnb.me/EVmg/LE6Gevn79J We look forward to your visit very soon.

Reviewed By Jools1979 - Lincolnshire

We arrived in St Lucia on Thursday and the sign for the fish and chip night grabbed our attention.
We were the first people in so hoped we'd picked somewhere good, it was a lovely scenic place to sit and chill and I fell in love with some nice but sadly pricey paintings.
People began to turn up in droves so things looked promising and indeed it was a great experience, the fish and chips were spot on and the rum cake a real delight - it's similarity to British treacle pudding brought back childhood memories :-)
The ladies there do a great job, the only improvement could be a few extra members of staff as they have a hell of a job to do to serve everyone.
I'd happily come here again and recommend :-)

3. Aquaholics Kitesurfing St. Lucia

Cas-en-Bas Beach, Cas En Bas, St. Lucia
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Aquaholics Kitesurfing St. Lucia

We are specialized in lessons, rentals and day trips for Kitesurfers in the most spectacular settings Saint Lucia has to offer. At Aquaholics, we make it our responsibility to create an unforgettable experience from start to finish. We offer everything needed to create lifetime memories for you, your friends, and your family! As the most innovative and exciting water activity today, Kiteboarding has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Our experienced instructors provide closely supervised Jet Ski assisted lessons that are always fun and rewarding. It has never been so easy to become a part of the amazing world of Kitesurfing!

Reviewed By pavka5 - Montreal, Canada

Both Simon and Ron (I hope I dont misspelled their names) are friendly. Initiation to kitesurfing could be quite a challenge. My son (11 y.o.) was stressed at the beginning but the two guys have very secure and friendly approach and the whole experience was very positive. My kid is hooked now, I have to think about quiver for him.....

4. LucianStyle Experiences

11 Reduit Beach Drive, Gros Islet RB2596, St. Lucia +1 758-724-4500
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5 based on 194 reviews

LucianStyle Experiences

LucianStyle Experiences in Rodney Bay is ready to serve ALL of your St. Lucia Tour and Activity needs! Let us help you experience St. Lucia to the fullest! Visitor services include Segway Tours, Soufriere Tours, helpful genuine advice, refreshments/bathroom facilities, free Wi-Fi, sightseeing tours, boat tours, waterfall tours, and much more. LucianStyle... Relentlessly pursuing your perfect St. Lucian experience!

Reviewed By bstrate - Saint Louis, Missouri

We booked a hike up Mt Pimard through Sandals Regency LaToc. We were not disappointed at all. Our tour guide, “Keyes” was extremely informative and explained the history of the mountain and took time to show us local vegetation along the way. The views were amazing and we even enjoyed a glass of rum punch at the end of the hike at a local bar on the beach at the foot of the mountain. This was a fairly strenuous hike at certain points. Wear good shoes and be ready to work your way up. We would totally do this again.

5. Immaculate Conception Church

Bourbon St, Castries, St. Lucia +1 758-452-2416
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4.5 based on 222 reviews

Immaculate Conception Church

One of the largest churches in the West Indies has some lovely frescoes.

Reviewed By Wendy H - Gosport, United Kingdom

When we looked in side we could see lots of children in uniforms sitting listening to other children singing. So we just crept inside & sat for 10 minutes. It's very colourful inside do not be put off by the outside.

6. Splash Island Water Park Saint Lucia

Reduit Beach Avenue | Rodney Bay Village, Gros Islet, St. Lucia +1 758-457-8532
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Splash Island Water Park Saint Lucia

Located on the the Northwest coast of St. Lucia, on the popular Reduit Beach, Splash Island is the Caribbean's first open-water sports park. Opening in August 2015, Splash Island will be located in front of the multi-award-winning Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa located in Rodney Bay Village, Gros Islet, St. Lucia. A WIBIT SPORTS PARTNER Splash Island is an inflatable water park manufactured by Wibit Sports GmBH a German Water Sports company who has been producing commercial grade inflatable water sports products for over 18 years. Wibit products can be found in over 200 locations around the world, but Splash Island is the first in the Eastern Caribbean. FUN IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT Kids, families and weekend warriors alike will delight in this Caribbean water park's many obstacle-course style features. Splash Island St. Lucia's features include a trampoline, climbing wall, monkey bars, a swing, a slide, hurdles, double rocker, flip, and water volleyball. See Gallery. The water park is in compliance with the strictest of European safety requirements (EN 15649) and testing related to materials and performance. The Water Park is staffed by a team of certified lifeguards. All users of the water park (who must be 6 years of age and older) will be required to wear life vests irrespective of their swimming abilities.

Reviewed By Howard T - Los Angeles, CA

When I have been to or seen other water parks - they are on land. The Splash Island Water Park is in front of the Bay Gardens Beach Resort and it's a ton of fun. First, you swim out to the water park and then you navigate from one floating part to the next. Staying on the floats isn't all that easy as the ocean moves with the waves. It's a blast and safe as there is almost always 3 life guards on duty.

7. Rodney Bay

Castries, St. Lucia +1 758-450-2744
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Rodney Bay

Antillia Brewing features its finely crafted, award winning ales at their Craft Beer Garden at Pointe Seraphine.

Reviewed By livetotravel61 - Ontario

He bay is simply beautiful. There are boats of varying sizes to help make the scenery more interesting...not that it needs any help. The marina in Rodney bay is nice with several restaurants. We particularly enjoy the pizza/Italian place on the water. There are beautiful Beaches in Rodney bay. Our favourite place is by pigeon island.

8. Eudovic's Art Studio

Goodlands, Castries, St. Lucia +1 758-452-2747
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Eudovic's Art Studio

See work by the Islands first wood sculptor.

Reviewed By WorkingtoVacation - Jacksonville, North Carolina

We were privileged to visit the gallery of Mr. Vincent Joseph Eudovic on 11 April, 2017. A true master carver, his works are extraordinary. Along with his son, he carves unique, abstract art as well as traditional masks, plaques and sea animal. The abstracts are individually beautiful and reflect Mr. Eudovic’s skill as he allows the wood to tell him what it wants to become. Most of the mid to large abstract can be pricy, but coming from a world renowned artist who signs his work in front of you, they are worth it. Many smaller pieces are at a much lower price point. This is an exceptional place to visit and if you are looking for abstract wood art, the only place to go

9. St. Lucia Rain Forest

St. Lucia +1 758-458-5151
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4.5 based on 209 reviews

St. Lucia Rain Forest

Hike through this magnificently lush rainforest and walk among man-sized ferns and giant trees.

Reviewed By LYNDA T - Montreal, Canada

Took my 95 year old dad. Staff was fabulous . It is a bit of an incline so one of the men working there put dad in one of their wheelchairs and wheeled him up the ramp.
Really wasn't that scary with regard to height. Had a great girl with us pointing out the different plants and birds. At the end of the ride they take you on a hike through the rain forest. It is optional . My daughter did it and enjoyed it. Supposedly there are big snakes, scorpions, wild pigs if you are lucky to see them lol. After tour they have a very nice gift shop and you are given a free lemonade or water. Great for people who have problems walking.

10. Morne Fortune

Castries, St. Lucia +1 758-452-5005
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4 based on 83 reviews

Morne Fortune

Visitors to Morne Fortune, which means "Hill of Good Luck," will find 18th-century Fort Charlotte located here along with sweeping views of Castries and surrounding area.

Reviewed By mikesierra - Bourne, United Kingdom

Morne Fortune or 'Hill of Good Luck' is the mountain, which rises behind the capital, Castries, giving spectacular views of the city below. On the way up - car or taxi recommended, you pass the British Colonial style Governor General's Residence, which is worth a photo.

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