Sailing area: Saint lucia
Saint Lucia is an island state in the West Indies that covers an area of 620 km². It is located in the eastern part of the Caribbean and is part of the Windward Islands. It is surrounded by the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the south, Barbados to the south-east, and Martinique to the north. It distinguishes itself by its two volcanic peaks that are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The island was conquered several times, in turn by Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Nowadays, it is part of the Commonwealth, therefore, Saint Lucia offer a mixture of Creole, British and French culture.
Sailing in the Caribbean from Saint Lucia
It is an ideal base to rent a boat and discover the "Windward Islands". Embark on a dream cruise around Saint Lucia from Marigot Bay or Rodney Bay in the North - you could even head to St. Vincent or the Grenadines to the south As you head south, you will easily reach dream destinations such as St. Vincent, Mayreau, Bequia, Tobagi Cays or Mustique.
Saint Lucia is also a beautiful and useful second stopover if you are departing from Marin in Martinique and are heading towards the Grenadines. After a long first crossing, you will be delighted to stop and recharge your batteries before diving into the other wonders of the Caribbean. Saint Lucia is a fantastic destination for a sailing boat cruise with ideal sailing conditions and a constant breeze. It also offers protecting moorings, super bays where you can drop anchor and spectacular nature. The best time of year to head to the Caribbean is from November to April. During your cruise you will be able to enjoy temperatures between 23 and 35 °C.
Places to visit
The capital of Saint Lucia, Castries has 70,000 inhabitants. There, you will find Marigot Bay, a magnificent spot where you will be able to drop anchor and fish in a fantastic setting. The bay is surrounded by lush vegetation and luxurious hotels. Then, visit Pigeon Island, a magnificent white sand beach with turquoise crystal-clear waters where you will be able to swim. This beach is a true paradise as much for relaxing in the sun as for divers and snorkelling enthusiasts who will enjoy admiring the many species of multi-coloured fish and turtles. Continue via Vigie Beach, surrounded by luxuriant vegetation and white sand. It is the perfect spot for sailing, water-skiing and wakeboarding.
By night, Rodney Bay is the perfect place to enjoy the excitement and beauty of the island. This part of the island is very dynamic and you will find restaurants, cafés, shops and the Bay Walk shopping centre there, as well as nightclubs and the Treasure Bay casino. Make your way towards the village of Gros Islet to the north. This small village has managed to retain all of its authentic charm in spite of the arrival of luxury hotel complexes and a lively night life in the marina. This village has also been able to hold on to its traditional identity which will guarantee you an authentic Creole atmosphere.
Soufrière and the Pitons
This is the most well preserved and interesting part of the island. It is a complete contrast to Rodney Bay with charming little hotels, rich, well-preserved nature, peace and quiet, little Creole restaurants for tasting all the local specialities and very few tourists. With this stopover you can visit interesting sites such as the Morne Coubarile Estate or Sulphur Spring.
Plants and animals thrive there and 27 species of bird, five of which are endemic, nest on the slopes of Gros Piton. You will also notice the presence of turtles as well as gigantic whale sharks that will never fail to turn your underwater outings into a great show.
When it comes to hiking, these two mountains offer a true challenge for the very bravest. Difficult to access, it is necessary to be in good physical shape to embark on the adventure to climb these two mountains which takes several hours. Around Gros Piton, a specially prepared path allows you to admire the landscape.
If you would like to hire a boat departing from Saint-Lucia, Coolsailing can offer you advice on the best way to reach the island and the best itineraries to guarantee you fantastic stopovers. We offer several types of catamarans that are perfect for sailing in the Caribbean, with or without a skipper. Please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you