Overview – St. Lucia
St. Lucia is a fascinating island whose coast is home to volcanic beaches, reef diving sites, fishing villages and luxury resorts, and whose interior is home to rainforests, waterfalls and rivers with exotic animal and plant species. In addition to St. Lucia’s nature appeal, it also offers great shopping opportunities in the cruise port and elsewhere, nightlife and gambling at the casino. A St. Lucia yacht charter has something to offer everyone!
Located in the Caribbean Windward Islands, St. Lucia is south of Martinique and north of St. Vincent. Bareboat charters and crewed yacht charters usually sail south from St. Lucia which shares the cruising area with St. Vincent and Grenada – the Grenadines. However, an alternative itinerary is to sail north and enjoy the French island of Martinique. Whatever itinerary you choose, you will enjoy the thrill of sailing and the tranquility of these islands, along with the rich culture, cuisine and history.
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Events & Activities – St. Lucia
Here’s a preview of a few things you can expect on your St. Lucia yacht charter with Virgin Island Sailing®:
- Excellent sailing. Island hopping this chain of islands ranges from 1-6 hours of sailing daily (more if you prefer) depending on your itinerary.
- Superb snorkeling and diving on lively reefs. St. Lucia alone has 22+ world class dive sites offering exploration opportunities for the advanced to novice diver.
- Classic Caribbean experience. Beaches lined with coconut palm trees, local restaurants and beach bars with delicious local food, cold drinks and warm, welcoming people, and fascinating historical landmarks and stories.
A Few of the Best Places to Visit in St. Lucia:
- The Pitons. This iconic pair of dramatically tapered volcanic mountains can not be missed on a St. Lucia yacht charter. Located on the southwestern coast of St. Lucia, the two Pitons are Gros Piton (largest at 2,530 ft) and Petit Piton (slightly smaller at 2,438 ft.) You will definitely savor the view of the Pitons as you sail around them, but also stop for an excursion ashore to explore the volcano crater, Diamond Waterfall, warm sulfur baths and the botanical gardens – Sulphur Springs Park is deemed the world’s only drive-in volcano.
- Mustique. Many luxury homes dot the hillsides and serve as private getaways for the rich and famous. This stunning island is an ideal place to swim, snorkel and play in the water. Take an excursion ashore for souvenir shopping and of course a drink at the famous Basil’s Bar where you can also check your emails (if you must) and take some amazing pictures. The views toward Union Island and the Tobago Cays are spectacular.
- Canouan. Approximately 5 square miles, Canouan has power-white sand and is home to some of the Caribbean’s most spectacular beaches. It’s an excellent spot for swimming, snorkeling and exploring ashore. Canouan draws many famous people as it is also home to an 18-hole Trump International Golf Course and modern casinos.
Weather & Seasons – St. Lucia
Sailing from St. Lucia to the surrounding islands includes some open water passages with an ocean swell and wind speeds typically between 10-25 knots. This destination offers warm and humid tropical weather year round, averaging in the pleasant low 80’s.
St. Lucia and the Windward Islands dry season is typically from January to May, when many travelers are making their winter escapes. More rain is expected from June to December, with the temperatures and humidity levels the highest in August and September. The hurricane season is June through November, but St. Lucia is just south of typically affected areas and thus much less risk of tropical storms. Even during the low season, you can expect mostly sunshine with passing rain showers.
|Temp Max (°F )||Temp Min (°F )||Avg. Water Temp (°F )||Avg. Rainfall (in)||Avg. Wind Speed (kts)|
|January||82||76||5||NE 10-25 |
|February||82||76||4||NE 10-25 |
|March||84||76||4||NE 10-25 |
|April||88||76||3||NE 10-25 |
|May||88||76||6||SE 10-25 |
|June||89||76||9||SE 10-20 |
|July||89||76||9||SE 10-20 |
|August||90||76||11||SE 10-20 |
|September||90||76||10||SE 10-20 |
|October||88||76||9||SE 5-15 |
|November||86||76||9||NE 10-20 |
|December||82||76||8||NE 10-25 |
Sample Itinerary - St. Lucia
Petit Byahaut, St. Vincent
6 hours | 45 miles
- Excellent scuba diving and snorkeling
- Scenic natural beauty
Petit Byahaut is a destination for those who want to experience nature expressively. A destination where solitude is realized with trees, flowers and a natural scenic beauty. Scuba diving and snorkeling in and around the secluded bay is some of the best you will experience. Originating from Petit Byahaut are hikes through the rainforests where you will see stunning waterfalls and a volcano.
2 hours | 12 miles
- Stunning white sandy beaches
- Hiking opportunities
- Variety of shops, bars, and restaurants
Explore this unique island and enjoy a feast in a welcoming Caribbean restaurant, visit the Bequia Maritime Museum, head for the beach to swim, snorkel and sunbathe, or hike the beautiful trails around the island. Hiking is popular along the beaches and on the trails in the hills of Mount Pleasant. Hike to the top of Mount Pleasant see the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. For those wanting a more relaxing day consider stunning and quiet Friendship Bay with its beautiful white sandy beach.
1 hour | 6 miles
- Great dive sites
- Ideal for snorkeling
- Exotic natural wonders
This private tropical island is nearly 71 acres in size. In the front of the island there is a natural harbor that is used by the many yachts that sail through the Grenadines each year. There are many magnificent dive sites around this Caribbean Island and the nearby coral reefs are perfect for snorkeling.
1.5 hours | 8 miles
- The land of the rich and famous
- Pristine white-sand beaches
- Excellent snorkeling
Mustique is home to both charming towns, with vibrantly colored fishing boats lining the shore and the grand island estates of the rich and famous. You can take a tour of this private island and awe in the magnificent homes of celebrities, royalty and business tycoons with their inspiring architectural styles or gaze at them from your yacht. Enjoy the pristine white-sand beaches or treat yourself to some excellent snorkeling opportunities. A popular gathering place is Basil’s Beach Bar, which is built on piers above the sea and is famous for its seafood. Admire the view and you might even get to see a celebrity while you’re there!
Charlestown Bay, Canouan
2.5 hours | 15 miles
- Great shipwrecks to dive
- Guided historical train tour
- Inland crystal-clear river pools and cascades
Unspoiled and virtually undiscovered, this small island of heavily forested mountains has a deep history dating back to 2,000 years ago when Arawak founders named their home Canoun, which means turtle island. Looming Mount Royal, from the interior of the island, offers flawless panoramic scenes from its summit. Visit the local boutiques and the maritime museum, while sampling on some delicious Eastern Caribbean cuisine. Soak up the sun in near seclusion on brilliant white sand beaches or snorkel and dive on one of the Caribbean’s longest barrier reefs.
Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau
1 hour | 6 miles
- Swimming and sunbathing
- Pristine white sandy beaches
Offshore from arching Half Moon Beach, anchor in dazzling Saltwhistle Bay, a popular yachting destination, then step ashore to explore the island on foot. On the smallest inhabited island in the Grenadines, you will find a quaint traditional village perched on a hilltop and located on the only paved road leading from Saltwhistle Bay to Saline Bay. The short hike to the top unveils spectacular views of the Tobago Cays. Explore the friendly local restaurants and bars and taste some delicious island home cooking. In the evening, the Saltwhistle Bay Beach Club is an excellent spot for dinner and cocktails.
1 hour | 2 miles
- Unspoiled beauty
- Fantastic snorkeling
- Teeming with sea life
A treasure of the Grenadines, Tobago Cays Marine Park features some of the prettiest scenery and some the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the entire Caribbean. Visibility is an astonishing 100 to 120 feet. Made up of four uninhabited, palm-lined islets with pristine, sandy white beaches and protected from the open sea by the legendary Horseshoe reef makes this a perfect spot for beach combing, swimming, windsurfing, and stargazing. There is an abundance of sea life, including many sea turtles and the coral reef teems with tropical fish.
Kearton’s Bay, St. Vincent
6 hours | 40 miles
- Beautiful black-sand beaches
- Swimming and snorkeling
- Perfect for kayaking and paddle boarding
With one of the island’s best black-sand beaches, this is an unspoiled retreat great for relaxing, soaking up the sun, or spending the day enjoying your favorite water sport activities like swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking or snorkeling while appreciating the beauty of the surrounding scenery. When you’re ready to quench your thirst or get a meal check out the popular Rock Side Café.
6 hours | 40 miles
- Guided hiking tours
- Excellent snorkeling
- Shopping and dining
Sailing the Pitons is an awe-inspiring experience to the myriad of vacationers who visit every year. Take pleasure in the plentiful window-shopping and dining opportunities available as a nice selection of shops and restaurants abound in the nearby town of Soufriére. Popular attractions in and around the area include visiting the volcanically heated waters of Diamond Baths in Sulfur Springs, the Maho waterfalls, the Jalousie Plantation, guided hiking excursions the rain forest near Morne Fond St. Jacques and for some of the best snorkeling in St. Lucia be sure to check out Anse Cochon.
1.5 hours | 11 miles
One last short adventure before returning your yacht. An attractive waterfront with a nice selection of restaurants serving delicious French, Creole and Caribbean cuisine. The neighboring Marina Village highlights a variety of unique stores and boutiques ideal for shopping. Take a sightseeing tour of the surrounding area or head to St. Lucia’s marine park for some fantastic diving and views of the plentiful shallow reefs near the shore.
Travel Info – St. Lucia
St. Lucia has two airports: Hewanorra International Airport which is located on the southern end of the island and George F.L. Charles Airport, formerly known as “Vigie Airport” which is located on the north side of the island. Unless you are traveling on an inter-island flight from another Caribbean island, you will fly into the Hewanorra International Airport – airport code is UVF. There are several airlines with flights to Hewanorra, including Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue and United.
Rodney Bay Marina is approximately 1.5 hours taxi ride from the airport. Marigot Bay Marina is approximately 1 hour taxi ride from the airport.
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