SAILING ST LUCIA

Sailing St Lucia showcases some amazing scenery.

Saint Lucia Flag Map of Saint Lucia The Pitons viewed from Anse Chastanet Marigot Bay

Some nations boast a singular landmark. Saint Lucia has a pair of them called the Pitons, sibling west-coast mountains jutting 2,500 feet from the Caribbean Sea.

Sailing St Lucia is convenient from Binti’s home is Marigot Bay, “the most beautiful in the Caribbean” according to James Michener.

Friday night jump-ups, which are spirited street parties with music, dance and scrumptious creole treats, are part of Saint Lucian culture. Saint Lucia is a mix of African, French and English influences. English and Creole are the languages. Sailing St Lucia can include a stop at otherwise quiet Anse La Raye on Friday night. The food and music are great.

This island is no theme park. It pulsates with real Caribbean life: blaring reggae, grilling meats, fresh-baked rotis, Soca Dance, non-stop energy.

Lucians are in love with music: soca, zouk, kompa, reggae, gospel, country, jazz…you name it. The annual Jazz Festival in May, which also features R&B and Calypso, is an international blowout…one of the best anywhere. After sailing St Lucia during the day, you can anchor at Rodney Bay for the evening show.

Sailing St Lucia can be a complete vacation for several days. You can also island hop to any of our beautiful island neighbors.

If you have arrived on a cruise ship, enjoy a day charter to experience the beauty of St Lucia’s west coast.

SAILING SOUTH FROM SAINT LUCIA

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Flag Map of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Aerial view of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines aerial view of The Tobago Cays

After sailing St Lucia, head south to St Vincent and the Grenadines. This nation consists of thirty-two islands: Saint Vincent (the largest and northern-most island) and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines. Grenada to the south, claims the remainder of the Grenadines. Saint Vincent is home to the bustling, historic capital of Kingstown, whose cobblestone streets are reminiscent of colonial days.

Sailing St Lucia and St Vincent along their leeward sides offer breathtaking views.

The big island of St Vincent has lush tropical rainforests full of eco-adventures. Hike to hidden waterfalls, the top of a volcano and along coastal trails. Watch for the Saint Vincent Parrot.

Sailing south from Saint Vincent, you can island hop the Grenadines. Unexploited, and mostly uninhabited, they offer up the white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and colorful reefs the Caribbean is know for.

The Tobago Cays are in the Southern Grenadines. The Cays are a wildlife reserve with fine white sandy beaches and good snorkeling. Many movies have been shot there, including parts of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.”

GRENADA

Grenada Flag Map of Grenada including its portion of the Grenadines Grenada Beach and palm trees Grenada Sunset

After sailing St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada is your next stop. Many charterers make this a one-way sail, catching a flight home from here.

Grenada is known as the “Island of Spice”. It supplies the world with 20% of its nutmeg, making Grenada second only to Indonesia in production. That’s a nutmeg on the flag. It’s also known for cocoa, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, mace, allspice, and orange peels. There is so much spice grown on the main island that the wind can carry the sweet smell to approaching boats.

St. George’s (the capital) is a historical snapshot with its stone buildings, colorful houses and forts. It’s one of the prettiest cities in the Caribbean. Grand Anse Beach in St. George’s is ranked as one of the finest in the world.

SAILING NORTH FROM SAINT LUCIA

MARTINIQUE

Martinique Flag Map of Martinique Mount Pelee, the volcano in northern Martinique Grilled fish steak on a bed of greens and polenta

Or, you can head north after sailing St Lucia. Martinique is the next island.

The cuisine here is a superlative mix of African, French and South Asian styles. You will not run out of choices.

Martinique is one of the four overseas regions of France, just like Guadeloupe. In case you don’t want to look them up, the other two are French Guiana in South America and Réunion in the Indian Ocean. The native residents of these countries are French citizens.

The northern part of the island is more mountainous and home to several extinct volcanos. The famous Mount Pelee is the island’s highest mountain. It is an active volcano. It destroyed the city of Saint-Pierre in 1902 killing over 30,000 people in the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century. It is currently quiet.

The southern terrain is milder and receives most of the tourist traffic. Whereas some northern beaches are gray or black due to volcanic ash, the southern ones are white.

You can be laid back or quite active on this island. An abundance of sports are available for the active traveler. Among the many choices are golf, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking.

Martinique has a very rich culture. Check the internet for festivals. Carnival is big, as are Christmas and Easter. French holidays are celebrated. The Yole Boat Race is a must. The jazz festivals are exceptional.

DOMINICA 

Dominica Flag Map of Dominica Inland waterway with small boat surrounded by tropical vegetation Emrald Pool and waterfall in Dominica

After sailing St Lucia and Martinique, Dominica is your next stop.

Dominica the least developed of the destinations, the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean.” To this day, it is one of the least visited of the Caribbean islands. But, don’t wait. It is becoming increasingly popular as an ecotourism destination.

Mostly covered by rainforest, the island has over 300 rivers.

It is home to Boiling Lake, the world’s second largest hot spring.

There are numerous hiking trails through the mountains.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a distinction shared by only four other Caribbean islands.

Diving and snorkeling are excellent.

Its waters are home to numerous cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). So, it is a popular whale watching destination.

GUADELOUPE

Guadeloupe Flag Guadeloupe Satellite Image with blue water and sparse clouds Guadeloupe Mount Soufrière Guadeloupe mountains

After first sailing St Lucia and heading north, you can end a one way journey in Guadeloupe. Catching a flight here is easy. Or, you can extend your vacation, by heading south and sailing St Lucia again.

The western wing of the butterfly, Basse-Terre is rugged and volcanic. The eastern wing, Grande-Terre, consists of rolling hills and planes with many fine beaches. The two wings are divided by a mangrove swamp, a narrow channel of sea water called Salt River.

Parc National de la Guadeloupe is central to Basse-Terre, where the volcano La Soufrière towers. There are lots of hiking trails and a Jacques Cousteau underwater reserve to burn your calories.

Grande-Terre can help you put them back. There are lots of beach bars and restaurants, and long stretches of white sand.

To the south are the Îles des Saintes. La Desirade or Marie-Galante for the ultimate rural relaxation. Each of these destinations in the archipelago has its own character. Cosmopolitan to rural, mountainous to flat, busy to quiet.

There are numerous festivals year-round. Check the calendar before you go.

Food, glorious food. This country shares the culinary pride of metropolitan France.

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