Sailing holidays in St. Lucia

Sailing holidays in St. Lucia

The Ultimate Guide to St. Lucia Yacht Charters

A complete yacht charter guide that has everything you need to know about your next sailing holidays in St. Lucia.

If you are familiar with a St. Lucia sailing holiday and want to look at boat options for your next yacht charter, then skip to: Request a Tailor-made Quote



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Sailing St. a glance

St. Lucia is often called the "Jewel of the Windwards"; and for good reason!

Here, you will find exhilarating sailing and breathtaking views, that cannot be found anywhere else in the Caribbean. 

On a St. Lucia yacht charter you can easily  explore many hidden beaches and anchorages, as well as rainforests, waterfalls, and of course, the famous Mt. Gimie.

Starting your charter from Rodney Bay and sailing past the twin peaks of the Pitons, you can either head south towards the Grenadines or north towards the leeward islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Weather Conditions & Best time to sail in St. Lucia

According to weather and sailing conditions, the best time for a St. Lucia yacht charter is December to May, when the prevailing NE trade winds average 10-25 knots. In the summer, you will mainly find south-easterly winds.

During peak season, you can expect temperatures ranging from 18°C to 29°C and generally warm and dry weather.


Where to start your St. Lucia yacht charter & how to get there

Most yacht charters in St. Lucia start from Rodney Bay Marina which is located at the North of the island and about 70 km away from the airport.

There are direct and frequent flights to Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) from many North American cities like Miami, New York, Atlanda and Philadelphia.

Transfer Time St Lucia Airport to Marina: 1 hour and 20 mins


St. Lucia Sailing Holiday Tips

One thing not to miss on a St. Lucia yacht charter is snorkeling at the coral reefs and diving off Petit Piton. 

The national currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, however, most places also accept the US dollar as well as credit and debit cards.

Please note that the hurricane season in St. Lucia is during summer and autumn (the wettest month is September) and we recommend avoiding this destination during this period.

We recommend St. Lucia to intermediate and advanced sailors, as the crew will need to be able to understand tidal variations and sudden gusts and to also be able to make long passage plans.

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Our suggested St. Lucia sailing routes


Recommended 7-day Sailing Itinerary from Rodney Bay Marina

⚓ Day 1. Rodney Bay Marina (check-in)

⚓ Day 2. Rodney Bay Marina - Pitons 15 NM

⚓ Day 3. Pitons - Marigot Bay 10 NM

⚓ Day 4. Marigot Bay - Grande Anse D’Arlet 32 NM

⚓ Day 5. Grande Anse D’Arlet - Anse Mitan 8 NM

⚓ Day 6. Anse Mitan - Ste. Anne 20 NM

⚓ Day 7. Ste. Anne - Rodney Bay Marina 22 NM

Recommended 13-day Sailing Itinerary from Rodney Bay

⚓ Day 1. Rodney Bay - The Pitons (15 NM)

⚓ Day 2. The Pitons - St. Vincent (42 NM)

⚓ Day 3. St. Vincent - Bequia (10 NM)

⚓ Day 4. Bequia

⚓ Day 5. Bequia - Mustique (10 NM)

⚓ Day 6. Mustique - Canouan (10 NM)

⚓ Day 7. Canouan – Mayreau (5 NM)

⚓ Day 8. Mayreau – Tobago Cays (5 NM)

⚓ Day 9. Tobago Cays

⚓ Day 10. Tobago Cays - Union (5 NM)

⚓ Day 11. Union - St. Vincent (35 NM)

⚓ Day 12. St. Vincent - Marigot Bay (St. Lucia) (40 NM)

⚓ Day 13. Marigot Bay - Rodney Bay (8 NM)


Prices: How much does it cost to charter a yacht in St. Lucia?

It depends. For example, the most important ones are the type of boat you will choose and whether you require a professional crew on board (e.g. skipper, hostess or cook). So, as you can see, there are many factors that can shape a price for a boat rental.

Check our full guide about yacht charter cost and how you can save much money in your next sailing holidays or request a tailor-made quote from one of our yacht charter consultants!

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