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Castries is the capital and largest city of Saint Lucia, an island in the West Indies bordering the Caribbean Sea to the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Castries is located in a flood plain and is built on reclaimed land. In 1814 the British finally took control of the island Saint Lucia and in 1835 the British built the western wharf to facilitate the coal trade.
Castries is one of the major tourist destinations on St Lucia and is visited by cruise ships. Castries landmarks include the Cathedral Immaculate Conception, Derek Walcott Square, City Library, Government House and Fort Charlotte, at the top of Morne Fortune. Castries also has beaches that are worth visiting including Vigie Beach, Malabar Beach, Choc Beach, and La Toc Beach.
Basic info and car hire in Castries
- Location: Saint Lucia
- Population: 20,000 (2013)
- Official language: English
- Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
- Weather: Castries has a tropical climate that is hot all year round, with a relatively cool, dry season from January to mid-April and a hot, humid and rainy season from mid-June to November. November is the hottest month in Castries with an average temperature of 28.5°C. The coldest month is January at 26°C and the most daily sunshine hours are in March with 10 hours. The wettest month is September with an average of 193mm of rain. The best month for swimming in the sea is August with an average water temperature of 29°C.
- Holidays in Castries: With Castries' year-round tropical climate, beautiful scenery, great food and exceptional and unique accommodation options, Castries is a marvellous place to explore.
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: The roads are reasonably well surfaced, but can be poorly marked in places, are narrow and winding and have steep inclines and declines throughout the island. There are few guardrails in areas that drop steeply from the road.
- Car hire in Castries: Hiring a car at Saint Lucia George F. L. Charles Airport with Orbit Car Hire gives you plenty of freedom to get around Castries. With a wide range of vehicles to choose from, you can be sure to find the one that suits your needs and gives you the most benefit on your trip.
Driving in Castries
If you are an independent traveller, renting a vehicle and driving around Castries is a great way to explore the city, visit areas you might not get to see on a package tour, and truly experience Castries like a local. But it's always good to do some homework in advance so you are better prepared for the driving experience. The roads are safe to drive on, but they are mountainous and there are some elevation changes when you are in Castries. The local drivers tend to speed sometimes, so you should be aware of that and be on your guard. There is left-hand traffic as you would expect in the UK.
- Age limits: The age limit is between 21 and 25, depending on the car rental agency. Many agencies will either charge a young driver fee if you are under this age or not allow you to rent the car at all.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if your driver's license is not identifiable as Driving License, for example, if it is written in a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese).
- Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driver's license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to take out insurance with the car rental company in case your policy does not cover you when driving in Saint Lucia).
- Additional requirements: Warning triangles, spare wheels and a hands-free kit with hearing aids are required if you are talking on the phone while driving.
- Children in the car: All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt. Children under twelve years of age or over 5 feet tall may ride in the front passenger seat.
- Driving side of the road: Left.
- Lights: Headlights must be on at all times (day and night).
- General speed limits: 80 mph / 130 km/h on motorways, 49 mph / 80 km/h on main roads outside built-up areas and 31 mph/50 km/h inside built-up areas.
- Parking suggestions: Almost all car parks are metered, with the average price per hour being around GBP 1.90/ € 2.20.
Car Hire in Castries
Most popular car hire at Castries
The most selected hire car in Castries is the Chevrolet Spar with the great Suzuki Jimny and Suzuki Swift also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Castries are mini and economy car categories.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Castries
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No problem! Orbit Car Hire offers you the possibility of a one-way trip Car Hire outside Castries. Driving around and exploring new places can be a very exciting option that is also very convenient. So if you want to do just that, one-way car hire is ideal to travel to another city. You'll save time by not having to return to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great deals on one-way car hire.
- If you are in Castries with your hired car and want to explore a bit outside the city, a drive from Castries to Vieux-Fort is a really good option for a one-way trip with your hired car. The drive takes about 1 hour and the distance is about 56 km.
- Starting your trip in Castries but flying from Vieux-Fort to another destination? Taking your hired car to Vieux-Fort and dropping it off there is no problem and very convenient.
Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options for one-way car hire in Saint Lucia.
Popular day trips in Castries
The city of Castries has a lot to offer and there are many day trips, activities and fun things to do that you should consider!
From Castries: Full-Day Catamaran Tour of Saint Lucia. Sail along the west coast of Saint Lucia on this full-day catamaran tour. Departing from Castries, visit Soufrière and Marigot Bay, explore the natural volcanoes and waterfalls, and visit Morne Coubaril Estate for a Creole buffet lunch. The duration of the tour is 8 hours.
Private Pitons Tour: Mud Bath, Snorkeling and Waterfalls. Experience the island Saint Lucia by speedboat. See the Piton Mountains, go snorkelling and enjoy a Creole lunch. Enjoy the natural beauty of Soufrière during a private tour with an experienced local guide and a steadfast captain. The duration of the tour is 7 hours.
St Lucia Full-Day Dream Tour. Spend a day exploring the breathtaking sights of St Lucia. Visit the colourful towns and famous banana plantations, explore the stunning rainforest, splash around at a waterfall, and sample local produce and a delicious Creole lunch along the way. The duration of the tour is 6 hours.
Gros Piton Mountain Climb St. Lucia. A scenic drive along the west coast of St. Lucia will take you to the base of Gros Piton, where you will be welcomed by the locals. Together with a knowledgeable guide, you will hike along a trail that winds around the mountain at a slight incline. The duration of the tour is 8 hours.
What to see in Castries
The interesting and beautiful city of Castries is very laid back and allows you to roam the streets of the city in a relaxed atmosphere and explore what Castries has to offer.
Aside from the fantastic shopping at Duty-Free Pointe Seraphine, Castries' vibrant and colourful Market has a lot to offer and it's no less fun to shop for all kinds of local produce there.
Make your way to visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The city's Catholic cathedral was built in 1897 and looks like a normal large stone church from the outside, but walk inside and you'll marvel at the magnificently painted interiors and colourful biblical scenes. The cathedral is located in Derek Walcott Square, a public square and park. The square was named after Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott. The square is usually busy and well visited by both tourists and locals.
If you are tired of lounging on the beach but do not feel like hiking to the Pitons, a visit to Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens is certainly a relaxing compromise that's also easy on the eyes. The waterfall is a feast for the eyes, as the mixture of rainwater and volcanic minerals that flow down the waterfall makes for changing colours throughout the year. Here you can also take a dip in the on-site mineral baths or explore the Soufrière Estate.
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Where to stay in Castries
Villa Beach Cottages
Located just a few steps from Choc Beach, Villa Beach Cottages offers accommodation with an outdoor pool, free private parking, a garden and barbecue facilities. This 3-star resort offers room service and a concierge service. The resort has family rooms. Rooms at the resort have air conditioning, a seating area, a kitchen, a dining area and a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Villa Beach offers 3-star accommodation with a hot tub and a sun terrace.
Located 700 metres from La Toc Beach, Ocean Crest offers an outdoor pool, a garden and air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony. The accommodation features a spa bath. The villa offers guests a terrace, pool views, a seating area, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and an oven, and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. A barbecue and sun terrace is available for guests at Ocean Crest.
Bel Jou Adults Only - All Inclusive
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Bel Jou Adults Only - All Inclusive offers accommodation in Castries. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms have a flat-screen TV. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a tour desk and spa at the property. The hotel also offers car hire. George F L Charles Airport is less than 5 km from the property.
Located 1.2 km from Trouya Beach, Apartment Espoir offers an outdoor pool, a garden and air-conditioned accommodation with a terrace. Each unit has a microwave, fridge, electric kettle, as well as a stove and coffee machine. Some accommodation has a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a kitchen with a dishwasher. The aparthotel offers a barbecue.
Harbour Vista Inn
The Harbour View Inn is located just outside the city centre of Castries. It is just 500 metres from the Caribbean Sea and offers guests spacious apartments. Select apartments at the property feature a kitchenette with pots and pans and a cosy dining area. There is also a comfortable seating area and some apartments offer sea views. Laundry facilities are available on-site and a wide selection of restaurants serving national and international cuisine can be found within 3 km. Beauty treatments and massages are also offered. The accommodation can arrange island tours, car rental and activities such as diving and snorkelling. Meals can be provided upon request
Enjoy the culture in Castries
Where to eat, drink, and party in Castries
If you like Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine, go to Itoko and try perfectly prepared sashimi, nigiri and verrines. You can share delicious parfait and good choux with your friends and have a good time. This place is famous for its delicious matcha. The success of this place would not be possible without the great staff. The professional service is something that visitors appreciate at Itoko. You will enjoy your meal in a spectacular ambience and beautiful decor.
French and Mediterranean cuisine is fantastic at L'Authentic, where you can try perfectly prepared halibut, foie gras and music. Order a beautiful parfait, fruit tart and tarte tatin. According to guests, the wine is delicious. The friendly staff is a recommendation for this restaurant. Cool service is very important for these restaurateurs. The restaurant offers an exotic ambience and a chic interior.
If you want to try Italian food, take your chance and go to Il Romantico. The chef at Il Romantico cooks up tasty risotto, pizza and ravioli. Most guests recommend trying the well-prepared tiramisu, parfait and panna cotta. You will hardly forget the delicious Chianti you can try. Start your meal with a good coffee. The service in this place is something one can call spectacular. The modern decor and pleasant ambience will make you feel at home here.
Try something new from French cuisine. Many point out that you can try delicious foie gras, fish and caviar here. Do not leave without trying a good parfait, ice cream and a mango dessert. You will hardly forget the delicious wine or the good champagne you can order. The excellent coffee is the best drink in this restaurant. The efficient staff welcomes guests all year round. Good service is one of the strengths that play a big role in the success of the Disini. The pretty interiors and nice ambience make the guests feel comfortable here. This restaurant is a Michelin selection and 2 red knife-and-fork symbols mean that this restaurant is one of Michelin's best addresses because it offers the highest level of comfort.
HOPPY TIMES! When the veil of night falls over Saint Lucia, the island's famous nightlife comes to the fore. From the legendary "jump-up" street parties to beach parties under the full moon to clubbing on the lively restaurant streets, the nighttime entertainment options on the island are virtually endless. The nightlife is an experience not to be missed.
Rum Therapy Bar & Treatment Centre
Just off the dock at Castries harbour is one of the most popular and successful rum bars on the island. We suspect that the name of the establishment is a reference to the wonderful medicinal effects of simply walking by, putting your feet up and drinking one of the strong rum punches served by the experienced hands behind the bar. The bar also serves Piton beer and hosts occasional karaoke nights.
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to hire a car in St Lucia?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to hire a car in St Lucia?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age, you must also have held a driving license for a minimum of 12 months. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine Orbit Car Hire.
Do I need car insurance in St Lucia?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Saint Lucia with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include the mandatory insurance in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in St Lucia?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in St Lucia?
It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese)
How do I get the cheapest car hire in St Lucia?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in St Lucia?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Skoda Citigo and Opel Astra often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in St Lucia?
You may find excellent services provided by companies such as Enterprise rent a car, Alamo, National, Europcar, Keddy, and SurPrice car rentals.
What types and makes of car hire deals can I find in St Lucia?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Opel Astra, Volkswagen Golf, Opel Astra Sports Tourer and Renault Kadjar.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for St Lucia?
Most car rentals in Saint Lucia offer unlimited mileage in their offers
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