Castries, the capital city of St. Lucia, is a major tourist attraction and also the main port of call for cruise ships to the island. Taxis, rental cars and public transport are readily available to assist visitors to their destinations and the numerous attractions of the country.
The major draw of Casties is the beaches; travelers can enjoy a range of beach activities at Choc Beach, La Toc Beach, Malabar Beach and Vigie Beach, which are within easy reach. The beaches of Castries are usually filled with tourists and may not be "family-friendly"; inquire from the locals for beaches a bit distant from the main bustle if you would prefer a less crowded day at the beach.
The Derek Walcott Square is the central point of the city and houses several French buildings admired for their architectural beauty. Close to the square is the central market of Castries where visitors can find local crafts, souvenirs, spices and fruits. Travelers can also take a tour of the Marquis Estate to see the details of plantation and agriculture in St. Lucia.
On the outskirts of the city is the Morne Fortune where visitors can explore the military cemetery, the Powder & Battery Museum and a smaller museum that features relics of the colonial days. About 8 miles south of Castries is Marigot Bay - a perfect place to enjoy yachting and boating.
North of Castries is the wonderful Pigeon Island National Park. Pigeon Island showcases an interpretation center that explains the history of the area with a multimedia display and also has two spectacular white sandy beaches. Also on the north of Castries is Gros Islet, a small fisherman village, which is bordered by, the Rodney Bay Marina, an excellent destination to relax. Towards the east of Castries is the small village of Morne Pleasant, which has the St Lucia's Folk Research Center. The center has a museum displaying artifacts from the past.
Vieux Fort is the second largest town of St. Lucia and is located on the south coast close to the Hewanorra International Airport. On the outskirts of the town visitors can find the Cape Moule and a Chique Lighthouse from where they can enjoy splendid views of the island. The town also houses the Anse de Sables, which is a popular destination for windsurfers.
Soufrière is the oldest settlement of St. Lucia and is located south of Castries. The town has the main landmarks of the island, two soaring extinct volcanoes called Pitons. The major attraction of the town is the drive-in volcano, Mount Soufriere, where visitors can drive into the volcanic crater and see steam geysers and sulphur springs. The Mount Soufriere crater is open everyday from 9 am to 5 pm. Travelers can also find Diamond Mineral Baths, the Diamond Botanical Gardens and the Diamond Waterfall at Soufrière.
The Muslim population in St. Lucia is very small they are a minority in this island country. However, there are a few Masaajid on the island as well as Islamic foundations. The main Masjid in Castries is Masjid Al- Nur, the Islamic Foundation of Vieux-Fort in Vieux-Fort and the Masjidur Rahman in La Tourney. The Islamic Association of St. Lucia in Castries is the first official Islamic body in the country.