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