Founded by the French in 1650, St. Lucia’s bustling capital city is now home to over 11,000 people. A popular port of call for cruise ships making their way through the Caribbean, it’s often used as a jumping off point for visitors passing through on their way to explore all that St. Lucia has to offer. However, although this small city doesn’t boast the most obvious tourist attractions, it’s certainly not without its charms. The small museum and military cemetery at Morne Fortune boasts some of the best views on the island, while Castries Market gives a glimpse into island life as locals shop and haggle for local goods. And if it’s the beach you’re looking for (and of course you are!), the gorgeous white-sand beaches of Reduit Beach are only 20 minutes.Whether you find yourself in Castries for just a few minutes or choose to stay and explore for a few hours, it won’t take long for this tropical paradise to reveal its laid-back charm and welcoming vibe as you set off to explore.