Sailing Holidays in St Lucia
St Lucia is a lush tropical treasure island with beautiful anchorages and plenty going on ashore.
St Lucia is a perfect holiday destination, with gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains. Plan a romantic getaway with tropical cocktails under a vast starry sky. Or take the kids and discover rainforest skyrides, mountain biking and eco-tours. St Lucia is one of the top sites for scuba diving in the Caribbean, especially at Anse Cochon and Anse Chastanet where the shallow coral reefs are home to a profusion of colourful tropical fish. Check out the world-famous Jazz festival every May or the Gros Islet street party every Friday.
St Lucia has some of the most beautiful anchorages in the Caribbean, including Rodney Bay, a short walk from the perfect Reduit beach and Marigot Bay, the perfect backdrop to that sunset rum punch. Its most famous and breathtaking sight has to be the Pitons in the southwest, twin volcanic peaks rising majestically and dramatically from the water. This area is a magnificent marine park with excellent snorkelling.
Sailing in St Lucia
From St Lucia you can sail north to Martinique or south to the Grenadines but you may be tempted to linger on this lush island paradise. In 1 week you can explore the west coast of St Lucia and visit Martinique, some 20 miles to the north, an easy sailng itinerary with plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing.
For a 2-week itinerary head south to the Grenadines. This involves longer sailing passages, especially between St Lucia and St Vincent and although the southbound trip is a lovely broad reach, the return passage into wind can be gusty, so less experienced crews may consider a one-way trip dropping their yacht "down-island" at St Vincent or Grenada at extra cost.
DAY 1 : Board your yacht at Rodney Bay Marina, the finish point for the ARC Transatlantic Rally, with supermarkets, shops and plenty of bars and restaurants.
DAY 2 : All set for the 3 hour sail south along the west coast of St Lucia to the towering twin peaks of the Pitons (15nm). Take a mooring outside Bennies Restaurant and Benny will look after you and your yacht. This area is a magnificent marine park with excellent snorkelling.
DAY 3 : After a visit to Soufriere in the morning, head up to Marigot Bay (10nm), one of the Caribbean’s spectacularly beautiful anchorages.
DAY 4 : A fast reach almost due north about 6 hours brings you to Grande Anse D’Arlet (32nm) on Martinique. Anchor overnight at this quaint fishing village set in a white sandy beach.
DAY 5 : Anchor off Anse Mitan, part of the Trois Islets area (8nm). This place is humming with yachts, people, beaches, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Take the fast ferry across to Forte de France for customs clearance – check in and out at the same time and there’s no charge!
DAY 6 : Sail south around Diamond Rock to Ste. Anne (20nm), a delightful seaside town. Relax on the beach or take a day ticket at Club Med. Good market, great restaurants and excellent snorkelling on reefs.
DAY 7 : The nice easy reach back to Rodney Bay (22nm) takes about 4 hours. Anchor off Pigeon Island and hike up to the old naval fort. Head back into the marina, there’s still time for a late swim off the perfect Reduit Beach.
Temperatures in St Lucia remain around 30°C all year with short tropical rain showers. Steady trade winds blow from the north-east at 20-25 knots during the peak winter months. Experience Level 2-3 depending on itinerary.
SAIL & STAY IN ST LUCIA: Extend your sailing holiday with a few days or a week ashore in a beach hotel in St Lucia.
Yacht charter in St Lucia
Yachts are based at Rodney Bay Marina on the north-west coast of St Lucia. Charters start and finish any day (minimum 5 nights), giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates.
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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO ST LUCIA:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick. Transfer time to Rodney Bay Marina 45 minutes.
NEW FOR 2014: Thomas Cook have a direct service Manchester to St Lucia on Sundays.