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Review of Castries Market

Castries Market
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Owner description: A lively and colorful market bursting with tropical fruit and vegetables.
Reviewed 23 March 2015

In summary, this market place is mainly a tourist trap. If you are into looking at endless T-shirts and other souvenirs, then you may like it. One part of the market had spices and food items and was somewhat more interesting, but some of these vendors were too pushy. If you don't spend too much time looking, then they may leave you alone.

But my advice is a quick walk through if you just want to see it, or don't waste your time at all. There are better things to do.

1  Thank igolfCA
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Reviewed 15 March 2015

The market is very crowded and hot. Expect the prices to be high and be prepared to put up some hard bartering. There is some really nice carvings and paintings but you must hold tight to your own price, they mostly don't let you walk away so if you stay strong on the price you want they will give in. The prices are not in Eastern Caribbean dollars but in US dollars. I did manage to make a few nice purchases to bring home.

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Reviewed 12 March 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 12 March 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 11 March 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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