Castries is the capital of St. Lucia. A visit to this bustling coastal town should be on the itinerary of everyone who visits this beautiful Caribbean island.
From shopping in the local markets to witnessing the island’s biggest annual carnival, take a look at the many fabulous things to do in St. Lucia’s vibrant capital.
Visit Eudovic’s Art Studio
Art lovers will feel at home in Castries, as the town is home to many an art gallery, displaying fascinating works of art. One such gallery is Eudovic’s Art Studio. The studio belongs to Vincent Joseph Eudovic, a sculptor who was born on St. Lucia in 1942. This fine artist was employed by the St. Lucian government to teach arts and crafts to students on the island.
Having been carving wood on the island for longer than the locals can care to remember, Vincent Joseph Eudovic is St. Lucia’s most revered sculptor. His abstract carvings are on display in his art studio. The artist holds around three exhibitions at the studio a year.
Wander around Castries market
Shopaholics will also be at home in this laid-back Caribbean town. A highlight of Castries is its busy open-air market, where a network of stalls are erected, selling everything from homegrown mangos and cucumbers to delicious Caribbean dishes like fish cakes, known locally as ‘accra.’
Next door to the market is a craft fair, where locals gather to sell their charming handmade products, such as straw hats that have been handwoven, and unique wooden bric-a-bracs that have been meticulously carved by hand.
Discover the Spices Cooking Studio
Like everywhere on the Caribbean, food is taken extremely seriously in Castries. If you’re keen to learn about the island’s unique cooking heritage and history and to master Caribbean cooking skills you can take back home with you, then make a trip to the Spices Cooking Studio part of your agenda.
The cooking studio is situated in the stunning boutique Cap Estate to the north of the island, where the renowned St. Lucia Golf and Country Club is located, not far from Castries.
Fun and informative cooking classes are held in the home-style kitchens at the cooking school, taught by experienced cooks in Caribbean cooking. Lessons are centred on preparing tasty, simple and healthy dishes that are inspired by Caribbean food, culture and traditions.
Witness the St. Lucia Carnival
Enjoy a slice of St. Lucia’s unparalleled party vibe by heading to Castries in June or July to witness the joyous sounds of banjos, drum, cuatros, reggae, soca and more, at the annual St. Lucia Carnival.
This huge event is one of the most celebrated on the St. Lucian event’s calendar and is dominated by a wildly infectious sea of colour, music, dance, festivity and glamour.
The carnival has something for everyone, including honing up your dancing skills by rotating those hips, dining on tasty Caribbean dishes and watching the spectacularly bright and colourful parades pass by in this unmissable St. Lucian event
Relax on Vigie Beach
When you’ve finished shopping, wining and dining and partying with the locals at the annual carnival, head to Vigie Beach for some peaceful bathing and relaxation.
The sandy shores of Vigie Beach gently shelve into the cobalt waters. Being well sheltered and home to a variety of trees, the beach is a good choice for families with children who can enjoy splashing about in the water and sitting in the shade of a palm tree.
It’s safe to say, the capital of this truly unique and inspiring Caribbean island has something for everyone.
If you would like help booking quality accommodation and excursions on this captivating Caribbean island, contact the St. Lucia Holiday Experts, who will help you find the right accommodation for the best price.