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    Castries is best known as a port of call for the multitude of cruise ships that dock in the harbour each year. The city is not renowned for sightseeing opportunities. However, visitors who linger can enjoy the lively market on Jeremie Street, wander through Derek Walcott Square (so-named in honour of the Nobel Prize-winning poet), and take in the views over the harbour from the top of Morne Fortune.

    Most of the buildings are fairly new, Castries having been destroyed several times by fire during its history, most recently in 1948. One of the main attractions still standing is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Built in the late 19th century, it is the largest cathedral in the Caribbean, and home to a collection of colourful frescoes.

    There are a handful of good restaurants on the waterfront. Some remains of the defences put in place by the island's various occupiers still stand to draw the attention of visitors. Castries also serves as a good base for exploring the island, whether by land or by sea.

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    The climate in Castries is tropical, featuring hot and humid weather year-round, which is sometimes cooled slightly by trade winds. June to November sees the highest rainfall in Castries. The best months to travel there are from December to May, when temperatures average around 27°C (80°F).

    Hewanorra International Airport
    Location: The airport is located 34 miles (56km) from Castries, on the southeastern tip of the island.
    Time: GMT -4.
    Getting to the city: The airport is situated on the main highway running north to south on the island, and is served by all taxi companies on the island. The trip to Castries takes about an hour. Local buses are also available but services are infrequent.
    Car Rental: Car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Hertz and Alto.
    Fascilities: The airport has a few shops and bars, an ATM and currency exchange services. There are good facilities for disabled passengers.
    Parking The airport has parking spaces for up to 250 cars.

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