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“A perfect tourist trap”
Review of Castries Market

Castries Market
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US$20.00*
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St Lucia North Island Half-Day Shopping Excursion
Ranked #17 of 54 things to do in Castries
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Owner description: A lively and colorful market bursting with tropical fruit and vegetables.
Reviewed February 22, 2015

The market is situated next to Duty Free shops that cruise passengers have to pass through. It has two parts: fruit & spices and souvenirs & clothes. As noted in previous reviews, all of the crafts are not local (I saw leather masks from Dominican Republic), prices are steep, vendors -not flexible. Though the part where spices are sold is interesting; one can see, touch and smell the real thing.
Best way to get there from Rodney Bay is by local bus. It's very safe and fun and cost only 2.25EC$ per person one way. It takes you into the city, where you can walk around and see the few things there are to see.
The Roman Catholic Church has beautiful stained glass windows.
As a note: if you plan to buy alcohol to take home, it's best to do so in Castries (Duty Free), as at the airport the selection is quite small and some of the same items more expensive.

3  Thank GregTheTraveller51
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Reviewed February 19, 2015

nice place to visit so you can taste locally grown food and fruits, you can asked the vendors permission to take photos of them or with them. don't be afraid to asked to simple before you purchase stuff you don't know .

2  Thank Daron P
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Reviewed February 18, 2015

We tried; but could not find anything of interest worth buying. Visit was not worth the time spent...nough said!.

Thank Tom D
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Reviewed February 15, 2015

If you're looking for little non locally made souvenirs this is your place. They have the same items as other markets in a tourist town but with St Lucia on them instead of town of your choice.If you're looking for truly St Lucian art or made products you have to look elsewhere. Head to Soufriere or Chasoul for true St Lucia art.

Thank Luke W
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Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

Can get some decent finds here for souvenirs, but unfortunately there are some scam artists roaming around, trying to get a quick buck. Some items are overpriced, and some locals will lie and tell you they work at your resort and ask for tips. Meh. I prefer the straw market in Nassau.

1  Thank kristen033
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