Castries is the capital and the largest city of Caribbean country Saint Lucia. The city is designed in a grid pattern, like a much smaller scale version of a metropolitan city like New York. Castries does not offer too many tourist attractions yet, but numerous tourists can always be spotted in the area as cruise ships to Saint Lucia dock at the northern part of the city, at Pointe Seraphine.
Vigie Beach - Vigie Beach is situated just 2km north of Castries, running alongside and immediately adjacent to the George F. L. Charles Airport. Despite this, there isn't much noise pollution at all and one can still have a fun, relaxing time chilling at the beach. There may not be too many hotels by the area, but visitors will never go hungry on a day trip at the Vigie Beach as there are restaurants nearby at a walking distance.
Pidgeon Island - Pidgeon Island is actually an islet situated in Gros Islet, artificially joined to the western coast of the mainland via a man-made causeway built in 1972. It serves as a major venue of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, an annual event that lasts a few days and brings together local and international musicians.
Morne Fortuné - Locals refer to this hill and residential area as 'The Morne', although Morne Fortuné technically means 'Hill of Good Luck'. Unfortunately, instead of having a history of spreading good luck, Morne Fortuné was actually the major battleground between the French and the British over possession of Saint Lucia. It was also the site of Fort Charlotte. Construction of the Fort began under the French, and continued on after the British took over. The fort buildings were eventually renovated to house the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, a monument of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers that commemorates the battle, and the Saint Lucian campus of the University of the West Indies.
How to get around within Castries
There are car and motorcycle rental services in Saint Lucia, some of which offer unlimited mileage and can easily be booked at the airports. When deciding on your vehicle of choice, note that many of the roads in Saint Lucia are steep and have potholes. The most efficient way to get around Castries and out to other main towns is the privately owned minivans that offer bus service. There are no fixed schedules, but buses generally run until 10 in the evening and even later on Fridays. There are very few buses that run during Sundays.
How to get there
There are two airports in Saint Lucia. The larger of the two is the Hewanorra International Airport, located near Vieux Fort Quarter. It offers flights to and from some parts of Canada, USA, and Europe. The smaller airport, George F. L. Charles Airport, is nearer to Castries, only 2km north of the city center. It is served by airlines Air Antilles, Air Caraïbes, Caribean Airlines, Caricorn Airways, and LIAT and operates to the French West Indies, France, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Grenada, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Collectivity of Saint Martin. Both airports are managed by the Saint Lucia Air & Sea Ports Authority.
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