The capital Castries proves to be a good stopover point between Saint Lucia’s islands. Place a giant mirror in Saint Lucia and see its fine and dandy island reflecting back the image. Floating in the middle of the Caribbean just off the coast of Central America, Saint Lucia is actually like two islands stitched into one. In the north, the Rodney Bay offers travellers all the modern comforts sprawled against a backdrop of natural wonders, while in the South, gorgeous array of old plantations, charmingly hidden beaches, and nature’s wonders seemingly calls for still, photographic moments. And don’t forget Castries. It may have been razed by major fires between 1785 and 1948, but it never got eradicated off the grid for nothing. Come in for an interesting stroll.
What to see & do
In Castries, it would be hard to miss the Fort Charlotte in Morne Fortune. Located about 3 miles south of the Castries centre, the Forth Charlotte was once a perennial fighting between the French and the British in colonial times. It was built under the French supervision, and was continued by the British. The Fort underwent renovation and is now known as the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. You should also not miss the Derek Walcott Square, a quiet park in the city surrounded by a number of 19th-century wooden attractive buildings. The park is named after the local writer Derek Walcott, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. On the South of Castries, the golden-sand beach of La Toc is silently waiting to be discovered by the maddening tourist crowd. If you want to reach the glistening place, just go back to where you’ve started. Head to the direction of Morne Fortune, then go straight to the Sandals Regency Golf Resort & Spa, and ask for the guards to lead you to the direction of the off-the-beaten track beach.
How to get around
From George FL Charles Airport, you can reach Castries in a jiffy. The airport’s proximity to the inclusive resorts makes it a favorable airport to land into among many passengers. The pristine Vigie Beach seemingly invites you to soak up in its waters, or take a stroll in its fine sand. The airport also has a modest terminal and runway that easily support inter-island commercial flights. The airport’s terminal is also located 2 miles, or 3.2 kilometres from downtown Castries, which is a fairly achievable walk if you don’t have much luggage with you. If you are staying in one of the hotels in the city, you can also make pre-arrangements for your transportation prior to your arrival for a hassle-free travel.
How to get there
You can book a flight and reach the city of Castries via Skyscanner, your online source for cheap flights and tickets. Castries is being served by the George FL Charles Airport, located approximately 2 kilometers from the city centre. The airport is being served by airlines such as Air Antilles, Air Caraïbes, Caribbean Airlines, Caricom Airways, Hummingbird air, and LIAT. In addition, it is also being served by Air France and Corsair, which serves seasonal flights. The aforementioned airlines fly to selected European and American destinations.
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