Castries is the capital and the largest city of Saint Lucia. The city was founded by the French in the year 1650 as ‘Carénage’, meaning 'safe anchorage'. The city motto also translates to "A safe harbour for ships," as its sheltered harbour serves several types of ships, including ferry boats, cruise ships, and cargo vessels. There aren't many travellers who choose Castries as its primary destination; regardless, there are often several tourists around the city due to the cruise ships that dock at Pointe Seraphine. A tourist information service can be found in Point Seraphine, a 15-minute walk away from the town centre.
The layout of the city is designed in a grid pattern, a much smaller scale of metropolitan cities like New York. Additionally, the city contains the main post office of Saint Lucia. Any mail or package sent to Saint Lucia without a town name winds up in Castries. Castries has a total population of 70,000.
La Place Carenage - The three-storey duty free shopping mall offers shopping, dining, and entertainment for all visitors. First-time visitors of Castries or those who aren't quite sure of where to go in Castries can enquire at the information desk. They will provide everything travellers need to know about what to do and where to go when in Saint Lucia.
Marigot Bay - The Marigot Bay can be found surrounded on three sides by forested heels on the western coast of Saint Lucia, about 3.73 miles southwest of Castries. The bay is a short distance away from Saint Lucian National Marine reserve. Apart from being a stunningly beautiful Caribbean bay, the Marigot Bay is also a historical landmark; it was the battlegrounds between the French and British navies.
Morne Fortune - The scenic view from the Hill of Good Luck is breath-taking, but the area is not as peaceful then as it is now. The hill and residential area was one of the principle sites during the battle between the French and the British over possession of Saint Lucia. Morne Fortune now houses the Saint Lucian campus of the University of the West Indies and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.
How to get around within Castries
Several car rental companies can be found right at the airport. There are cars for rent without air-conditioning, but these come at a cheaper price. Note that the roads in Castries tend to be steep. There are motorcycles and scooters available for rent also at car rental companies, but only experienced riders are advised to consider this option.
One cheap way to get around without renting is by taking advantage of the city's bus service. There is no bus schedule or timetable to follow, but you can hail one from anywhere on the street as long as the bus can still take passengers and there's enough space for the vehicle to pull over.
How to get there
Serving Castries is George FL Charles Airport, located 2km north of the city. The airlines that operate to George FL Charles Airport are Air Antilles, Air Caraïbes, Caribbean Airlines, Caricom Airways, and LIAT. They provide scheduled air passenger flights to and from Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre in Grande-Terre, Port of Spain, Paramaribo in Suriname, St. Johns of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, St. George's of Grenada, Saint Vincent island, and Saint Martin.
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