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“Great 2 hour time waster on a fine day!”
Review of Castries Market

Castries Market
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St Lucia North Island Half-Day Shopping Excursion
Ranked #7 of 25 things to do in Castries
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Owner description: A lively and colorful market bursting with tropical fruit and vegetables.
Reviewed March 12, 2015

It's worth visiting the market for your locally grown vanilla beans, nutmeg and cinnamon sticks. You can buy outrageously priced souvenirs that repeat themselves endlessly if so inclined (we weren't). But go out back and check out the fresh fruit, coconuts (you have to drink one) and the food alley. We had some delicious food there, simply by joining the longest line! Walk out to the side street and visit the bakery and other little shops. If you need more souvenirs, cross the street and find a little flea market right on the corner (the Arcade, I think). Go all the way to the back of it to catch the water taxi past the huge cruise ships, across to the duty free shopping. The short ride is refreshing, but we found the duty free area a waste of time. Chat with the local vendors... people are so friendly! Way out the back of the market, on the street, taxis (multi seat mini vans) are lined up to take you to Rodney Bay and Gros Islet and other areas, for a couple local dollars. We loved doing this too! Bottom line, go with an easy going attitude have a fun market day!

1  Thank Denise M
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Reviewed March 12, 2015

Went to Castries on the way to Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island. I was not impressed with the outdoor shabby marketplace stocked full of island wraps, dresses, tee shirts and Knick knacks begging for the large cruise ship dockers to patronize. Waste of time unless you are into that sort of thing.

1  Thank Carl A
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Reviewed March 11, 2015

This town ruined our whole trip to the point we will NEVER return to St Lucia. We were threatened, and robbed in the middle of the day, while eating lunch. Staff either couldn't hear what was going on, or more likely didn't care. Sorry St Lucia, you have a beautiful Island, and plenty of nice people........but far too many bad people who drive tourists like ourselves away. We've travelled around the world, and have never felt as unsafe as we did in St Lucia. We have also never been hassled anywhere like we were in St Lucia, by people begging for money. Take your hard earned dollars somewhere else, life is too short.

4  Thank Perry-Eh
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Reviewed March 10, 2015

There were 4 of us in our group. We were there durning the week but heard Saturday was the best. We wanted to get some local produce and spices during our stay. We had plenty to pick from. I wanted to take a few pictures and did ask as I read in someones review. One vender didn't want any pictures. Maybe she was a wanted lady…. ?

The craft side really wasn't a craft side. There were a few things hand made but mostly t-shirts, dresses, baskets that could have been made anywhere. I can't stand pushy people and a few vendors were. I understand this is there living but we just kept walking. It's no way to shop. We bought from the non-pushy vendors. We were going to spend the day but after 2 hours we were done.

If you need to use the bathroom plan on paying .50 cents a head. LOL

1  Thank Hbeaute
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Reviewed March 2, 2015

Enjoyed the shopping experience and conversing with the different vendors. No one was pushy or demanding. If you're seeking inexpensive vacation gifts, you're in the right place.

If you get hungry, eat at Aunty's (Booth11). I was skeptical at first, but changed my mind quickly. They overload your plate, it took me to seatings to complete the take out tray! The price was absolutely reasonable.

1  Thank Georgette214
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