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Waterfalls, Volcanoes, and Beautiful Beaches in Castries, St. Lucia

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Gorgeous ocean views at Vigie Beach

I’m really excited to interview Keiwa Simpson of Discover St. Lucia Tours about Castries, St. Lucia. Keiwa’s tips for the best things to do in Castries are awesome because she’s born and raised in St Lucia. She also runs a travel planning company for couples, families, and friends that want to make the most of their Caribbean island vacation.

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Sugar Beach in between the Pitons

Castries, St. Lucia

Castries is the capital of St Lucia. It is a popular cruise port and the largest city on this Caribbean island. St Lucia is one of the furthest east islands in the Caribbean and is due north of Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago. The island is the home to a pair of dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast.

This Caribbean island is the birthplace of Arthur Lewis, winner of the 1979 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, and Derek Walcott, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The weather is fairly sunny all year around. Carnival is held in July and Calypso singing competitions are during June and July. Festival of Lights is on December 13th and celebrates Saint Lucia, which the island is named after. The country’s New Year’s celebration is called Square and is held the first two days of the new year.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Castries St Lucia Keiwa Simpson - The Diamond Falls - found at the botanical Garden in Soufriere

The Diamond Falls – found at the Botanical Garden in Soufriere

Getting around Castries

The local airport is Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), which is about an hour’s drive to Castries.

Keiwa says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around. And I’ve personally found the downtown area very walkable.

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Best things to do in Castries St Lucia Keiwa Simpson murals along the history walk in Castries

One of the many murals along the history walk in Castries

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Keiwa Simpson about Castries, St. Lucia. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Castries, St. Lucia
  • Green dots = best things to do in Castries, St. Lucia
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Castries, St. Lucia

Who is Keiwa Simpson?

Keiwa Simpson is a native of St Lucia. She loves the amazing food, sites, and accommodations of St Lucia. Keiwa describes the people of St Lucia as “magic” because their positive personalities and friendly faces seem to make your dreams come true.

Her vacation booking service is called Discover St Lucia Tours. Keiwa focuses on couples and families to help them create memories that will last a lifetime from the island of St Lucia. Her clients learn the insider tips for traveling to St Lucia so they can have an unforgettable experience while exploring all that the island has to offer.

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Keiwa Simpson at the beach

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Keiwa on her website and on Facebook and Instagram. Also, check out this article – Incredible Things To Do In Saint Lucia, Plus Where To Eat And Stay – that my friend Peggy wrote.

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The mud baths in Soufriere

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