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. St. Lucia 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.
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.
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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.