Castries Market#8 in Best Things To Do in St. Lucia
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The Castries Market has been the capital city's local food and flea market for the last century. Open every day except for Sunday, locals gather to sell homegrown produce and spices as well as St. Lucia-stamped souvenirs for tourists.
The Castries has been a hit or miss for travelers. Some recent visitors were delighted by their experiences and enjoyed interacting with local vendors to buy unique items, such as fresh coconut and handcrafted woodworks. However, other visitors said some aggressive vendors they encountered hindered their ability to fully enjoy the market. Most travelers agreed though that there isn't a lot of diversity in the market, as many of the vendors, especially those in the craft market, sell much of the same items.
Although the market is open every day except Sunday, you should time your visit for a busy Friday or Saturday morning when more tourists are around and the market comes to life with plenty of vendors. The Castries Market is located off John Compton Highway, between Jeremie and Baptiste streets, less than a mile south of the cruise ship terminal.
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#1 Pigeon Island National Landmark
Pigeon Island can appeal to an eclectic mix of travelers. You could get a history lesson about the landmark's previous occupants (including a pirate with a wooden leg) or learn more about the formation of the man-made causeway that currently connects the island to the mainland. You could also attend a concert (this is the site of the annual St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival) or explore 18th-century military ruins, including Fort Rodney, which affords panoramic views of the ocean and Rodney Bay. There are also two beaches and a few restaurants situated within the 44-acre national landmark.
Recent travelers highly recommended a trip to Pigeon Island. Many were fascinated by the history of the area, with informational signs posted throughout the area. Others raved about Fort Rodney, saying views at the end of the hike – which some found to be a bit strenuous – were well worth the climb. There are also some uncrowded beaches, which many visitors enjoyed. Travelers recommend going early in the morning as the lack of visitors made it feel like they had the whole island to themselves.
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