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St. Lucia Yacht Charter & Sailing Holidays

Inspiring Itineraries

Pitons, St. Lucia

St. Lucia one-week bareboat

Volcanoes, bays and beaches Discover the heart of the Caribbean on a St. Lucian bareboat charter vacation. You’ll sail the coast of lush, mountainous St. Lucia and cruise between the scattered islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, immersing yourself in irresistible Caribbean culture along the way. Feast on barbecued lobster, snorkel sparkling seas in the company of turtles and tropical fish and admire endless views from the peaks of long dormant volcanoes.   Highlights
  • Stunning Pitons Bay
  • Diving Tobago Cays
  •  Volcanic spa treatments
  • Hiking rainforest mountains
  • Delicious Caribbean lobster
  • Sunbathing on perfect beaches
Where is the best place to sail in St. Lucia?

From our base in Rodney Bay, there are many places to sail depending on the type of sailing holiday you’re looking for. We have our own suggested itinerary available or you can tailor your own route. 

Sailing St. Lucia gives us a unique perspective of this stunning Caribbean Island. From your yacht, you can dive into lush, warm water, see stunning sunrises and explore all the island has to offer. Soak in the warm Caribbean sun whilst admiring this island’s dramatic  jungle peaks and golden-white beaches.

For Families

Our base at Rodney bay is a great starting point, especially for families as it offers a well protected harbour that provides calm sheltered waters – ideal for younger children. From here you can explore Pigeon Island National park or take part in watersports. From here you can sail to the tranquil and serene Marigot Bay.

For Couples

Sunset views and beachfront dining is almost a given in St.Lucia and surrounding islands, however the below are the most idyllic couples spots (in our opinion). 

  • Marigot Bay is also a wonderful destination for couples on a romantic get- away, as it is more tranquil and private than Rodney Bay. There are also a number of waterfront bars and restaurants for delicious, romantic meals out and a cocktail with a view. The sunset view from your yacht will include a backdrop of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea, and watching the waterfront restaurants light up as the sun goes down, a truly magical experience.  
  • Kearton’s Bay in St.Vincent, is a hidden gem with spectacular black volcanic sand and a more intimate dinner setting.
  • Princess Margaret Beach in Bequia is known for its iconic Beach Bar, as well as its beach being capped with soft golden sands and azure waters that create the ultimate romantic retreat.

For First-Time Sailors

The aforementioned, Rodney Bay is a protected and tranquil harbour, perfect for those new to sailing vacations and first-time sailors. 

If looking to sail St.Lucia, we do require you to have at least 20 days experience (or 400 miles) as a skipper on an equivalent sized yacht (level 3 sailing experience), which can be obtained through our sailing school

However, If you are a complete novice sailor, we do offer skippered yacht charters which means you’ll have a skipper onboard to sail you around the island.

For Large Groups

Admiralty Bay, located in Bequia, is ideal for large parties due to its expansive and sheltered waters. With numerous anchorages, vibrant waterfront bars, and restaurants like Jack’s Bar, it provides ample space and lively venues for group celebrations. The bay’s social atmosphere, proximity to amenities and scenic mountain trails offer a unique holiday experience for each individual and enhance the experience of a large gatherings charter around St. Lucia.

What are the best things to do in St. Lucia?

St. Lucia is a Caribbean paradise, an island where natural wonders meet cultural richness and heritage and pristine beaches. There are a plethora of things to do in St. Lucia, from exploring the twin volcanic peaks (Pitons), discovering their sulphur springs or experiencing the first ever drive-in volcano. 

We understand that between the unique geographic experiences that St.Lucia offers and the culture, the dining experiences and coastal views – it may be hard to know where to start. So we have summarised our favourite things to do in St. Lucia, below.

Relaxing

Jalousie Dock is home to Sugar Beach, a resort known for its luxury cabanas, poolside bars, and snorkelling in a National Marine Reserve. This beachfront is nestled into a cove at the base of the Pitons, providing remarkable views and serenity. 

Whilst docked close to the Pitons, we highly recommend a trek up the mountains, and treating yourself to a famed ‘Saint Lucian Mud Bath’, for an invigorating experience in volcanic mud, which will leave your skin soft and glowing.

Exploring

If you’re into snorkelling or diving, you must visit Tobago Cays, this Caribbean gem offers an unparalleled diving experience ideal for all ages and levels. 

It would also be criminal to visit St. Lucia and not explore the trails up the Pitons: whether you choose to explore Gros Piton or Petit Piton, is entirely up to you! The summit from both peaks offer panoramic views of the island and look out across the spectacular Caribbean Sea

Eating and Drinking

St. Lucia offers a variety of places for excellent food and drink. Some notable locations include:

  • Boucan by Hotel Chocolat (Soufriere): The combination of gourmet cuisine, stunning views and adjacent bar with dishes and beverages infused with locally sourced cocoa.
  • The Coal Pot (Castries): Known for its waterfront dining and Creole-inspired seafood dishes, The Coal Pot is a popular spot offering a mix of Caribbean and international flavours.
  • Jacques Waterfront Dining (Castries): This waterfront restaurant has a bar with a diverse selection of cocktails and a lively atmosphere. It’s a great place to enjoy drinks in the evening.
  • Spinnakers Beach Bar & Restaurant (Rodney Bay): Located on Reduit Beach, Spinnakers is a beachfront bar offering a laid-back atmosphere and a selection of tropical cocktails.
  • Orlando’s Restaurant and Bar (Soufrière): This popular spot is known for its seafood and Creole dishes. The open-air setting provides a relaxed atmosphere, and the menu features a variety of local flavours.

History and Culture

St. Lucia has a rich history and its bursting with culture, from the military ruins and artefacts on Pigeon Island to the 18th century Morne Coubaril Estate – which provides information and insights into the history of the Colonial Plantation as well as an adventure park with zip lines that fly you above the treetops. Or, immerse yourself in local art at Eudovic’s Art Studio and discover the island’s heritage at the Folk Research Centre in Castries.

When is the best time to visit St. Lucia

The best time to visit St. Lucia is between December and June, when temperatures range between 26°C to 32°C.

July and August can be wet and humid – though still warm, with temperatures around 30°C. St. Lucia is warm and balmy year round with the ‘rainy’ season and hurricane season running from June – November.

What are St. Lucia sailing conditions like?

Boasting favourable year-round sailing conditions, St. Lucia offers consistent easterly trade winds and is a thrilling sailing experience..

As previously stated, the dry season (December to June) is optimal for clearer skies and a pleasant breeze. Although hurricane season (June to November) brings increased rainfall, direct hits are rare. Sailors should monitor forecasts for a smooth and enjoyable experience.
If you want to learn more about the cruising conditions in St.Lucia, take a look at our St. Lucia sailing conditions page.

How much does it cost to charter a yacht from St. Lucia?

A St.Lucia yacht charter starts at £2,400pp basic (based on a 7-nights bareboat charter).

However, at Sunsail, we offer a variety of packages and extras, so whether you’re planning a celebratory birthday weekend with friends, a fun-filled family holiday or a romantic couples retreat, with Sunsail you can design your dream trip to your exact requirements. 

This means that the cost to charter a yacht in St. Lucia differs depending on your specifications. When planning your sailing holiday, consider:

  • Are you looking for a bareboat charter or skippered charter?
  • How long are you looking to charter for?
  • How many people are going with you?
  • How many excursions and activities do you want to take part in?
  • What time of year do you want to set sail?
  • Which of our state-of-the-art yachts will you step foot on?

Build a quote today and find out more about the cost of your St. Lucia Yacht Charter.

How much are the moorings fees in St. Lucia?

Mooring fees fluctuate but typically commence at USD 20 per night. 

Various locations offer mooring facilities for overnight stays, overseen by local establishments or marinas. For more information, look at our essential information page.

How long does it take to sail around St. Lucia?

Our yacht charters around St. Lucia starts at a 5 day trip, however, if it is your first time visiting the gorgeous isle of St.Lucia, we recommend a minimum of 7 days. 

This will give you plenty of time to explore the peaks, bathe on the glorious beaches and discover more about this island’s remarkable history.
Ultimately, this is your charter and whether you want to explore St Lucia for a few days or a week, travel to the (close by) Grenadines or further afield, you can tailor your Sunsail holiday to you.

From the Sailing Blog

What Guests are Saying

St. Lucia

Dubrovnik was a great operation, well organised, well equipped and maintained yachts and a superb sailing area. As always, I think it’s the lead boat crew that really make the holiday – professional, knowledgable, helpful and friendly with great briefings and organisation.

Colin Battle Dubrovnik

Can speak easily to an advisor

Nigel Jones Dubrovnik

Very good quality boats. Good lead crew on the flotilla. Customer service pre-trip was very clear

Ray Coyle Lefkas

Stress free sailing.

Peter Shiret Lefkas

High level of service and quality of boat/condition.

David Henderson Agana

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