About Saint Lucia
With coasts kissed by both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Saint Lucia blends powerful landscapes of magnificent verdant rainforests, with beautiful protected bays and excellent “Safe harbour” marinas – all making the island a spectacular yachting haven.
Saint Lucia’s growing reputation as a serious yachting destination is supported by duty free imports and fueling for yachts and a single inward clearance allowing for up to 6 months stay.
Whilst on island, Saint Lucia offers yacht crews, their owners and guests a wide array of technical and concierge services, excellent provisioning solutions and a myriad of shoreside adventures, history & culture, retreats and decadent indulgences to choose from. The island is easily accessible; with two airports, both specializing in ground services for private jets, daily international flights from the US, weekly flights from Canada and Europe, plus daily regional flights to and from the surrounding Caribbean Islands. A wide range of shoreside accommodations are available from a choice of luxury boutique resorts, all-Inclusive and family orientated hotels – and charming eco-friendly cottages.
Saint Lucia offers a choice of berthing facilities with marinas and anchorages spanning from the north to the south of the island. These include two dedicated Superyacht facilities: the IGY Rodney Bay Marina (located14°04’32.72” N 60°56’55.63” W) and the Marina at Marigot Bay (located 14°N, 61°W) for yachts up to 285 feet LOA. Both these marinas are also ports of entry. More dockage and anchoring options can be found on the west and south coasts at Vieux Fort, Laborie, Soufriere and Vigie.
Marigot Bay is well known as being a true “Hurricane Hole,” providing protection to vessels during the roughest of seas and is routinely recognized by major marine insurers as an approved summer hurricane storage location. Soufriere is a picturesque docking location (13°51’22” N, 61°03’23” W.) nestled in the shade of the Pitons (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Haul out facilities up to 80 tons are available at IGY Rodney Bay Marina Boatyard. Duty free ‘In slip’ fueling is available at both of the Superyacht marinas (with competitive bunkers also available at Castries Port from SOL).
All these make Saint Lucia one of the Caribbean’s foremost berthing destinations for yachts from around the world. So, set your course to13.9094° N, 60.9789° W and let Saint Lucia inspire you with her mystique and magnificence.
A few words from the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority…
At 13.9094° N, 60.9789° W sits one of the Caribbean’s great treasures, an island touched by the gentle warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and the crisp trade winds of the Atlantic Ocean. Known as the ‘Helen of the West’, Saint Lucia is a gem in the Caribbean Archipelago. From her mountainous interior covered with lush rainforests brimming with endemic wildlife, to deep bays offering luxurious beaches and turquoise clear waters, the island offers luxury, excitement, and adventure wrapped in a creole mystique.
Saint Lucia hosts some of the finest mooring facilities and anchorages in the Caribbean, from the laid-back docks of Vieux Fort, Laborie, Soufriere and Ganter’s at Vigie to the picturesque Marigot Bay Resort & Marina, or the contemporary styled IGY Marina in Rodney Bay.
Yachtsmen and women can engage in a wealth of activities, sites, attractions, history and cultural experiences. The island, once seven times British and seven times French, mixes its Amerindian and African heritages to produce a deeply diverse cultural experience. With old plantation houses, fort ruins, centuries old brigand trails and estates, rustic fishing villages and a deep passion for the Arts – the emergent culture and history of Saint Lucia can be experienced throughout the Island and at every bay along the west coast.
At the top of the list of the myriad of available activities is horseback riding, zip lining, kite surfing, biking, ATV excursions, golfing and diving. Hike to the top of Gros Piton amidst the World Heritage Site, marvel at the steaming caldera of the Sulphur Springs; slather on skin rejuvenating mud beneath the volcano, challenge yourself to a round of golf, or just unwind in a world class spa.
Join the festivities with the weekly Gros Islet Friday Night “Street Party”, Anse la Raye Fish Fry and Saint Lucia’s annual Soleil Festival featuring: Saint Lucia Jazz, Roots & Soul, Saint Lucia Carnival, Food and Rum Country and Blues, Arts and Heritage and the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). Enjoy fine dining, a dab of local cuisine, or browse through the market to scoop up local produce for the galley. Within this small, sparkling gem of the Caribbean, the possibilities are endless. Let this magnificent island inspire you through its ceaseless wonders.
For more information visit: www.stlucia.org
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