Thanks to its Pitons – twin pyramid-shaped peaks – St. Lucia is one of the most easily identifiable islands in the Caribbean. It is a garden of delights for nature enthusiasts, who come to hike its volcanic mountain slopes, which soar up to 3,000 feet above the sea, and visit its rainforests, waterfalls and sulphur springs. The coral gardens at the foot of the Pitons are a hotspot for scuba divers and snorkelers.
Saint Lucia is a great charter destination for nature enthusiasts and also has a well-protected harbor. The best time of year for yacht chartering in Saint Lucia is from November to April.
For centuries, St. Lucia also has been a haven for sailors. The gem-like Marigot Bay, located on the west coast, is a natural hurricane hole where the British fleet hid from the French back in the 18th century. Today, it is home to a modern megayacht marina.
But it is Rodney Bay, at the island’s northern end, that is the island’s true yachting capital. The 232-slip Rodney Bay Marina, an Island Global Yachting facility, is the “finish line” for the annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) in November, which draws more than 200 sailboats. The marina’s new superyacht pier hosts luxury charter vessels, while several bareboat charter fleets are headquartered in the area. With beaches, shopping and nightlife near at hand, Rodney Bay is both a happening destination in itself, and gateway to the southern Caribbean.