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Castries, Castries

St. Lucia's insider take:

With a population of some 66,000, lively Castries is no great beauty, but it's worth a visit for its daily market of handmade crafts, dried spices, and island produce. On Saturdays, the market extends into a crowded open-air bazaar, with locals selling tropical fruits such as sour orange and star fruit, nuts, vegetables, whole fish, and goat butchered on the grounds. Check out Derek Walcott Square, with its Roman Catholic Cathedral and 400-year-old samaan tree in the center of town. Or drive up to Morne Fortune, "Hill of Good Luck," which has magnificent views over the city and the surrounding hills. Do try to avoid the cruise-ship exoduses—keeping a wide berth from the Pointe Seraphine tax-free Shopping Centre in the harbor is a good start.—Update by Douglas Wright

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