Scenic St. Lucia Island Drive and Castries Guided Tour
Castries, Saint Lucia
- Castries: Browse the vast Castries Market and see Derek Walcott Square, site of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
- Morne fortune: Called "the hill of good luck," this popular lookout point offers a spectacular view of the city, the north coast, and the sea.
- Eudovic's art studio: Visit the workshop of one of St. Lucia's premier wood sculptors, where local artisans work daily and his one-of-a-kind creations are available for purchase.
- Roseau Valley sightseeing drive to the bay: See the island's largest banana plantation and get a glimpse of island life in the villages of Sarrot, Vanard and Millet.
About this Castries tour
The serenity of this island's briny sea breezes, swaying palms and sunshine belies a tumultuous history. From 1650 to 1814, control of St. Lucia changed hands seven times, French to British, back and forth, over and over. One of the most hotly contested areas is now one of the most popular island destinations, and for the same reason: From the strategically placed fort on the "Hill of Good Luck," you can see for miles and miles.
The centuries of "My island!" "No, my island!" are over now, and people in Castries, where almost one-third of the population lives, occupy themselves with routines keyed to peaceful island rhythms. Marvel at the handicraft of local artisans, and taste the fruit of the island's fertile volcanic soil at the bustling Castries Market. We'll go to the heart of the city, Derek Walcott Square, and see one of the largest churches in the Caribbean: the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
At Eudovic's Art Studio, you'll see what a true wood sculpting master is capable of. He uses only local woods, and his favorite is the laurier canelle. It's extinct on the island from over-logging for dugout canoes, but Eudovic goes deep into the forest to salvage the stumps and uncovered roots. And since every tree is unique, so is each sculpture. No two pieces are the same.
So it is throughout St. Lucia. The center of the island is different from the coasts; the village of Sarrot is different from Vanard, which is different from Millet. A Caribbean gem with many facets, St. Lucia invites you to make it your island.
You ought to be in pictures
With steep hills on three sides, the stunning Marigot Bay is perfect for sheltering yachts during hurricanes. Its pristine beauty has also served as a setting for quite a few movies, including the original 1967 Dr. Doolittle, Fire Power, Superman 2, Water, White Squall, and Creature.
Please proceed outside the Cruise Terminal Building to meet our GoBe Rep.
Travelers have the opportunity to purchase craft items and fruits (to be consumed before returning to ship) at the local market. US dollars are accepted at most shops; however, change will be given in local currency. For this reason, it is recommended to have smaller denomination of bills available.
Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, or steep terrain. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing.
Bus Tour, Budget, Family Friendly, Scenic, Shopping
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Suitable for travelers weighing up to 250 lbs.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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