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Walking Tours

We will be docked at St. Lucia on a Royal Carribean cruise. We would like to go on our own and walk around the town. Is this possible or should we take a taxi? We are senior citizens and don't want to walk more than 1/4 mile from ship to town. .

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1. Re: Walking Tours

Depends on where the ship docks - at Point Seraphine you will need to take a short cab ride to town. If it docks at the Carenage, you're literally in town when you step off the boat.

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Castries is the town where ship will dock. Another question: can tourists use restrooms in restaurants w/o ordering food? Are there public restrooms available?

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Castries harbor has 2 cruise ship docks - Point Seraphine which is newer and has lots of duty-free shopping including high-end luxuries. Carenage is the original cruise ship dock which also has some DF shopping. My wife and I have used the restrooms in the restaurants free of charge but each establishment is different. I don't know about public washrooms but would hazard a guess they are only available at the docks.

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Bon jou paa9,

Take a walk into town (+/-1/4 mile from Pt. Seraphine or just outside the door at La Place Carenage) to see Derek Walcott Square, ancient Saaman Tree and the Immaculate Conception Basilica (minor).

Hire a taxi for a drive up the Morne Fortune for views, Morne Battery ruins, Government House, Caribelle Batik Studio, Eudovic's Arts & Crafts Studio (extraordinary woodcarving)... and lunch at The Pink Plantation House (restored 140 yo French Colonial plantation house).

Then make a round to Tapion Roc/La Toc for the beach, La Toc Batterie ruins (built to repel the Americans)...

On the return, shopping stop at Castries Farmer's Market & it's adjacent Arts & Crafts Market and, across the street, at the Vendor's Arkade... for Cocoa Stick, Spices, Coffee, Coconut Oil, Honey, Spice Rum, basketry, wood carving, etc...

Bless up! Paul

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5. Re: Walking Tours

Paul,

It is a lot further than +/- 1/4 mile from Porte Seraphine to Castries Centre. It must be nearr 3/4 mile to a mile. Far too far to walk unless you are very energetic. I did do it once. never again!

Paa9. If you dock on the Porte Seraphine side you can get a water taxi across the bay for about USD 2 per person. It will drop you at the local market and you can walk around the town centre from there and/or get the taxi that Paul above suggests. And lunch at the Pink Plantation House is fantastic.

STEVE

Edited: 08 February 2013, 13:55
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@ paa9

Public restrooms for visitors (clean, TP, soap & running water) are available at Pt. Seraphine Shopping Plaza or at La Place Carenage Duty-free Shopping Center.

In town, no one will stop you from using the restroom at restaurants or fast-food outlets, even if you do not buy anything.

Public restrooms for Lucians are located at the Castrie's Farmer's Market (most frequented) and close to the Courthouse in town.

May not be what you are used to... XCD .50 - 1 entry + wad of TP, rarely soap or running water, not often cleaned.

Though when you really need one...

Edited: 08 February 2013, 14:04
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We were in Castries yesterday. About 3 blocks from where the cruise ships dock - is the Post Office in the center of town. We asked someone in there about restrooms and they pointed us to the Mall across the street (Rituals Coffee Shop is located there). Public restrooms - no charge and clean - are available there on the second floor at the Food Court.

The outdoors famers market in Castries (about 3 blocks from the mall where the bathrooms are). is definitely worth seeing.

My guess is that if you hire a taxi and let the driver know you need to find some "facilities" he'll know where to go.

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Thanks to everyone for providing these helpful tips and responding to my questions. Much apprecitated.

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