Saint Lucia

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The beautiful St Lucia is rich in history and culture while maintaining its Caribbean charm. From its amazing crystal clear sailing waters and dramatic waterfalls to its lush tropical rainforests and soft sandy beaches St Lucia is a fabulous yacht charter destination guaranteed to please.

Saint Lucia is a volcanic and mountainous island with some broad, fertile valleys. It is located in the Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, north of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and south of Martinique and Dominica.

St Lucia is famous for the twin peaks of the spectacular Pitons (Gross Piton and Petit Piton), these striking cone-shaped peaks south of Soufriere, are one of the scenic natural highlights of the Caribbean, soon to be among the UNESCO’s classified sites.

Rainforest walks, amazing waterfalls, golden sandy beaches and bubbling volcanic springs. The island even has a volcano you can drive into!

Today there is access to two inner lagoons, one of which includes the Rodney Bay Marina that plays host each year to the ARC transatlantic yachts which arrive in December after crossing from the Canary Islands. This famous and well protected lagoon has many facilities and places to stock up on provisioning, fuel and water.

There are many restaurants in the area serving a large variety of local Creole dishes and spectacular seafood including the fresh local crabs, lobsters and conch.

Marigot Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the whole of the Caribbean, and is definitely worth an overnight visit, with its convenient location for your onward sailing adventure in this beautiful undiscovered paradise.

» Beautiful beaches
» Line of sight navigation
» Picturesque harbours
» Abundant marine life
» Diverse sailing options
» Volcanic springs

Weather Conditions

Climate

General weather for St Lucia

The weather here is a tropical climate moderated by northeast trade winds. The dry season is from December to June and the wet season is from June to November. The average daytime temperatures are around 290C. The average night time temperatures are around 180C. Water temperature is fairly constant at 83°F or 28°C.

The topography of St Lucia is mountainous, - more mountainous than most of the other Caribbean islands. There are beautiful beaches and some black volcanic sand. The area is affected by hurricanes during the storm season from June to November.

The Windwards are blessed with almost perfect weather for 12 months a year. Sea state in the passages between the islands can be moderate but are rarely rough.

Visitors should bring cool, comfortable clothing.

Current, between the islands, generally sets towards the west at approximately 0.5 to 2 knots and the swell is mainly northeast to east, but can occasionally be north during the winter months.

The north-south orientation of the islands means the wind will be on the beam more often than not when sailing south. This is ideal for fast sailing on the longer passages between some of the islands. Heading north, sailing close-hauled or on a close reach is typical. Some sailors opt for a one-way charter, allowing them to cover more ground and avoid sailing to windward.

Wind strengths range from 10 knots to a more spirited 25 knots, often strengthening off the northern ends of the islands due to the effect of the land. Navigation is straightforward, though plotting courses and keeping an eye on the GPS is important. The tall, cloud-topped peaks of the islands can be seen for miles.


Average Conditions - St Lucia


  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

High Temperature (c)

27

27

28

29

29

29

29

29

29

29

28

28

Low Temperature (c)

24

23

24

24

26

26

26

26

26

26

25

24

Precipitation (mm)

132

100

97

113

143

197

275

257

258

311

292

171

Average Sunshine Hours

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

7

8

8


Current Forecast:

St Lucia
Day Min Max Wind Weather
Tue
21st
27°C 33°C
E

13 kts

Wed
22nd
27°C 32°C
E

9 kts

Thu
23rd
27°C 32°C
E

10 kts

Fri
24th
27°C 32°C
E

13 kts

Sat
25th
27°C 32°C
E

12 kts

General Information

Base Facilities:
Restaurant, hotel, pool, gift shop, ice, snorkelling gear, kayak rental, showers/toilets, customs for clearance, supermarket, laundry, car rental, post office and bank. Portable phones are available.

Arrival & Departure:

There are two ways to get to St.Lucia:

1. Fly to St.Lucia’s George Charles airport; take a taxi to the base; distance is approximately 30 min by taxi; approximate cost is US$30 for 1 – 3 persons; US$8 each additional person.

2. Fly to St Lucia’s Hewanorra International airport; take a taxi to the base; distance is approximately 85 min. by taxi; approximate cost is US$70 for 1 - 3 persons; US$20 each additional person.

Servicing Airlines
Air France
Air Canada
American Eagle 6777
British Airways
BWIA
Caribbean Star
Delta
LIAT
US Airways
Virgin Atlantic

Customs / Immigration:

A valid passport (for each passenger) & crew list is compulsory for clearance.
Expiry date must be no earlier than 3 months after your planned return.  
A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry

Taxes / Departure Tax:
Departure taxes are included in the price of the airline ticket.

Taxi:
Southern Taxi Association - Tel: 758 454 6136
Vigie Airport Taxi Service - Tel: 758 452 1599

Car Rental:
Most major car rental agencies are located at both airports and at the major hotels.
Available are Avis, Budget, Cool Breeze Jeep-Car Rental, Courtesy Rent-A-Car,  CTL Rent-A-Car, Hertz Rent-A-Car, Inter Island Car Rental, National Car Rental, St. Lucia Yacht Car Rental, Wayne's Motorcycle Centre.
Driving is on the left, British style.  Seat belts should be worn.

Drinking and driving is against the law.  Observe the speed limits, especially a 30 mph limit within Castries. Parking tickets are issued for vehicles parked in "no parking" zones, and the penalties start at around EC$500.
In case of a breakdown or accident, make sure to have the telephone number of the car rental company. If a breakdown occurs during business hours, the company will send a mechanic to fix or exchange the car. If it is after business hours, leave the vehicle and report the breakdown first thing the next morning.

General Information:
Area: 619 Sq Km (239 Sq Mi)
Population: 153,100
Capital City: Castries 
Official Languages: English & French-based patois
Ethnic groups: African, mixed decent, European and East Indian
Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Industries: agriculture, clothing, electrical components, fishing, food processing, rum distilling, tourism
Tipping: 10-15% is generally acceptable if it has not been added already.
Electricity: Electric current is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. (A few hotels are 110 volts, 60 cycles) 
Time: UTC/GMT -4 hours
Holidays & Festivals
1 January: New Year's Day
22 February: Independence Day
1 May: Labour Day
July: Carnival
1st Monday August: Emancipation Day / Bank Holiday
1st Monday October: Thanksgiving Day
25 December: Christmas Day 
26 December: 2nd Day of Christmas

Moveable Public Holidays

2010

Good Friday

2 April

Easter

4 April

Easter Monday

5 April

Whit Monday

24 May

Hotels:
Discovery at Marigot Bay
The Village Inn & Spa
Marigot Beach Club Hotel & Dive Resort
Restaurants
Marigot Beach Club
JJ’s Restaurant & Bar
The Shack Bar & Grill

Post Office:
There are Post Offices in most towns in St. Lucia. Hours are 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Cards and letters can be posted from the base.

Internet Connectivity:
There's an Internet Cafe at JJ's Paradise in the Bay and in Marina Village. There's also WiFi access from Chateau Mygo Restaurant. 

Mobile Phones:
Your mobile phone may work in the Caribbean, check with your service provider for coverage. Leave your phone number with Customer Service before casting off.

Tourist Information Centres
Tourist Board, St. Lucia
P.O. Box 221
Castries, St. Lucia, West Indies
Tel:  758-452-4094/5968
Fax:  758-453-1121
Email:  SLUTOUR@candw.lc

Banks & Money Exchange:

Banks:
A 1st National Bank is located in the Marina Village and is open every day, except Saturday and Sunday afternoon. There's also an ATM machine beside the bank.
Banking Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm / Mon – Thurs; 8:00am – 5:00pm / Fri.

Currencies / Money Exchange:
Accepted Forms of Payment
US Dollars and US$ travellers cheques or EC Dollars are used throughout the Windwards. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most places.

Activities & Sports:
Snorkelling or Diving
All of our bases offer snorkelling gear. Please check availability for children’s sizes. 

Fishing:
No fishing licence is required. Fishing equipment can be rented.

Deep Sea Fishing:
A number of boat charter operations on the island offer whole and half-day deep sea fishing excursions. Seasonal catches include mackerel, king mackerel, white marlin, barracuda, kingfish and sailfish.

Kayaking:
Kayaks can be added to your charter.

Cruising Information:

Cruising Permits:
There is no formal cruising tax for the windward regions as the BVI. However, clients must clear customs as they pass through each country and, generally fees are associated with the clearing process.

Electricity Information:
Electric current is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. (A few hotels are 110 volts, 60 cycles.) Most sockets take 3-pin square plugs (UK standard) but some take 2-pin round plugs or flat American plugs, which are rarer. Adapters are generally available at the hotels. 

Yachts - The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. In order to use electronic equipment that is 110v, you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter unless your boat has a generator. You can rent an inverter at the base while available.

Sailing Area Restrictions:
In St. Lucia, anchoring is strictly forbidden in Soufriere in the area managed by the Soufriere Marine Management Area, but they do supply moorings.
Charterers can choose to explore the island and its anchorages on the western coast, head south to the Grenadines, or head north to Martinique and Dominica.

Customs Costs:
Customs cost when sailing to Martinique is approximately $40 USD per boat to depart St. Lucia and $25 USD to clear back into St. Lucia - approximate total of $65 USD.

 

Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat):

Provisioning: 
Food and Drinks packages which can be pre-ordered and will be on your boat when you arrive.

Supermarket:
There are supermarkets near the base.

Health & Safety:

Vaccination and Immunization Information
St. Lucia is generally risk-free of contagious disease.
At time of publication, an International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

 

 

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