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“good for souvenir shopping”
Review of Castries Market

Castries Market
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$20.00*
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St Lucia North Island Half-Day Shopping Excursion
Ranked #17 of 54 things to do in Castries
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Owner description: A lively and colorful market bursting with tropical fruit and vegetables.
Reviewed June 6, 2013

escellent variety of souvenirs and you can bargain for the best price. local restaurants and the back. on weekend they close the side street and have a flea market also.

1  Thank Latoyaa1
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

This market is the essential stop for souvenirs when you are in St. Lucia. It is a little crowded and they try to get you to buy EVERYTHING, but just resist and say "No Thanks" if you don't want to buy. Also, HAGGLE with people. They will be resistant at first, but make them a fair offer and be firm - they will eventually give in!

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We decided to visit Castries market to look for some presents to take home. There are 2 parts to the market, goods and spices. Within the goods section you can find the usual mix of ornaments, tee shirts, hats, bags and Nik naks. Most of the stalls have similar items.make sure you barter if you want something. If you don't like the constant 'sell' of these types of places then don't go. In the spices section there were stalls with various spices, ginger, vanilla pods, nutmegs, etc. they also sell vegetables and live chickens.
To complete our little adventure we caught one of the local buses (small minibus with green number plates) to Rodney Bay, the cost was 2.25EC dollars each which is considerably cheaper than hotel taxis and far more interesting.

1  Thank Paul E
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Don't go here just to shop...

Go to see St. Lucian life and culture. Notice how many elderly men and women are manning their stalls. Ask who made the basketware and discover it's the younger stall holders' relatives. Peer into the tiny bars which line the market to see what's happening on a Saturday afternoon. It's a fascinating insight into life in St. Lucia and the obvious hardship that many people face.

The market is the best I have seen. It's extensive and packed with luscious fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and crafts. I bought star anise and also two baskets - both very different designs - from separate stalls.

Visit open-eyed and with an open mind.

6  Thank Wendy R
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

there are a lot of vendors there but after awhile things just seem to repeat themselves. There are some deals to be had but you need to look hard

Thank sportsbuff
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