St. Lucia, is an independent nation
with a British tradition and strong French influences. It is
mountainous and lush, with many beautiful white sand beaches.
Tropical rain forest covers the steep slopes of the center and
gives way to cultivated agricultural land around the more
moderately sloping coastal fringe. Bananas are the principal
crop. For sheer physical beauty, the area around Soufriere and
the Pitons is outstanding.
St. Lucia is well developed and
offers two major marinas. IGY Rodney Bay Marina, is an
excellent full service facility including haul out. IGY took
over this marina a few years ago and have done an excellent job
of rebuilding both the marina and the haul our from scratch,
setting up holding reservoirs at the mouth of the rivers to
improve the water quality in Rodney Bay and prevent silting.
This full service marina can provide everything for the visiting
Marigot Bay Marina, is in the
secluded and protected Marigot Bay. It has room for all sizes of
yacht and can provide in-water services including fueling.
St. Lucia is a charter center, with
charter companies in Rodney Bay. Ashore you will find lots of
shops, golf, and other activities.
St. Lucia offers excellent
sightseeing and hiking. You can see most of it by taxi, bus, or
rental car. Adventurous travelers willing to combine driving
with hiking will want to rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle and
explore some faraway corners like Grand Anse or Anse Louvet on
the windward shore. Any taxi driver will be delighted to take
you on a tour, or you can join organized tours through most
travel agents. Popular routes are; round the island, plantation
tours, where you get to see the backbone of the St. Lucia
economy at work, and rainforest tours, where you hike across the
middle of the island. Those interested in nature should contact
the National Trust, which runs tours to Frigate Island and the
Maria Islands as well as turtle watches. It is also worth
calling the forestry department about rainforest tours. They can
supply knowledgeable guides.
There are many marked trails in St.
Lucia you can follow on your own, including rainforest hikes at
the height of land as you drive across the island on the main
road to the airport.
Major anchorages are to be found in
Rodney Bay, Marigot Bay, the Soufriere Marine Management area,
Laborie and Vieux Fort.
General Yacht Services
Rodney Bay Marina
Harmony Yacht Services
Technical yacht Services
Destination St. Lucia
Liferaft and inflatable center
Dr Kent Glace, (dentistry)
Marine Industries Association of St. Lucia (MIASL)
Soufriere Marine Management Assn
Courbaril Estate ziplining
Golf and Country Club
Restaurants and accomodation
on the Bay
Provisioning and Shopping