Fodor's Expert Review Derek Walcott Square
The city's green oasis, bordered by Brazil, Laborie, Micoud, and Bourbon streets and formerly called Columbus Square, was renamed to honor the late Derek Walcott, the hometown poet who won the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature and one of two Nobel laureates from Saint Lucia. (The late Sir W. Arthur Lewis won the 1979 Nobel Prize in Economics.) Some of the 19th-century buildings that have survived fire, wind, and rain can be seen on Brazil Street, the square's southern border. On the Laborie Street side, there's a huge, 400-year-old samaan (monkey pod) tree with leafy branches that shade a good portion of the square.