St Lucia

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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing around St Lucia.

St Lucia
13°53.725'N, 060°57.911'W Chart icon.png
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Capital Castries
Language English (official), French patois
Currency East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Time zone (UTC−4)
Calling code +1 758

Saint Lucia is part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is an independent country and a member of the British Commonwealth. The island population is 160,145 and covers an area of 620 km2. The island was originally populated by Carib Indians.

The island is steep with very lush tropical vegetation. The scenery, especially near Soufrière is dominated by the dramatic presence of the twin peaks: Gros Piton and Petit Piton, 615 m (2019 ft.) and 750 m (2461 ft.) tall.

Charts

BA
956 Guadeloupe to Trinidad
NIMA
2521 St. Lucia
Imray-Iolaire
A4 Guadeloupe to St. Lucia
The Pitons in St. Lucia

Weather

The climate is tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season January to April, rainy season May to August.

Sources of weather forecasting:

Passages

Communication

  • Rodney Bay 0830 VHF 68 Monday-Saturday

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

Approaching Saint Lucia is straight forward and presents no hazards.

Entrance

Vessels MUST clear out at an official Port of Entry so as to obtain a clearance certificate.

Warning: Be aware that the authorities will request and hold a document showing that the yacht has been cleared for the previously visited country. Since many countries do not automatically issue such documents be sure to request one.

Immigration

The up-to-date visa requirement information is available on the St Lucia Website and Online Application Forms (download)

Visas are not required for the citizens of Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Venezuela and the US. "Arrival Visas" (at US$50) will be granted to citizens of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, Panama, Poland, Portugal and Sweden. Arrivals from the Russian Federation require a visa obtained in advance.

A six week stay is granted when clearing in, with a possible further 30 day extension that can be obtained in Castries.

Some of the countries (including St Lucia) in the Caribbean use an electronic method for pre-registering your arrival in the country. When it works, it eliminates the need to fill out the customs forms in quadruplicate. It sometimes works. In general, The Customs and Immigration service is a throwback to the good old days of bureaucracy, when masses of paperwork is generated at great inconvenience for no apparent benefit. And remember to wear a shirt.

Customs

Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared to Customs on arrival.

PETS: Pets must have a Veterinary Import Permit before entering St Lucia. Cats and dogs must be microchipped, have been vaccinated against Rabies and have been treated against ticks and fleas within 48 hours of arrival. Animals (and their documentation) MUST be inspected by the Veterinary Officer before being allowed ashore. For full requirements and information: St Lucia Veterinary Office Email. Forms can be downloaded in advance from Pet Travel

It is possible for visiting yachts to stay for up to 6 months (crews are subject to immigration rules).

Health and Security

Health

Submit any health warnings/information. Remove any of these sections do not apply to this particular country.

Security

It is advisable to lock your boat and dinghy.

Berthing

Ports

Poe.jpg = Port of entry, Anchor Icon.png, Marina icon.png = Marina, = Anchorage, Question icon.png = Needs data.

Facilities

Also see each port above.

Water

Give details on water for any ports that provides it. If there are no water outlets just enter "None".

If you have the GPS coordinates of a water outlet. Please provide them along with any applicable telephone numbers etc. If you do not have the GPS coordinates, remove the "|lat=" & "|lon=" entries,

Port1/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EPort1.3C.2Fspan.3EWater icon Port1  [[St Lucia#Port1|Port1]] DD.dddDD.ddd water outlet location etc, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Port2/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EPort2.3C.2Fspan.3EWater icon Port2  [[St Lucia#Port2|Port2]] DD.dddDD.ddd water outlet location etc, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Electricity

Give details on electricity outlets for any ports that provides them. If there are no electricity outlets enter "N/A (Not Available)".

If you have the GPS coordinates of the electricity outlet area. Please provide them along with any applicable telephone numbers etc. If you do not have the GPS coordinates, remove the "|lat=" & "|lon=" entries,

Port1/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EPort1.3C.2Fspan.3EElectricity icon Port1  [[St Lucia#Port1|Port1]] DD.dddDD.ddd electricity outlet location etc, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Port2/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EPort2.3C.2Fspan.3EElectricity icon Port2  [[St Lucia#Port2|Port2]] DD.dddDD.ddd electricity outlet location etc, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Toilets

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Showers

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Laundry

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Garbage

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Supplies

Fuel

Give details on water for any ports or nearby stations that provides it. If there are no fuel pumps in the island just enter "None".

If you have the GPS coordinates of a fuel station. Please provide them along with any applicable telephone numbers etc. If you do not have the GPS coordinates, remove the "|lat=" & "|lon=" entries,

Station1/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EStation1.3C.2Fspan.3EFuel icon Station1  [[St Lucia#Station1|Station1]] DD.dddDD.ddd fuel station location etc, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Station2/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EStation2.3C.2Fspan.3EFuel icon Station2  [[St Lucia#Station2|Station2]] DD.dddDD.ddd fuel station location etc, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Cooking gas

Give details on cooking gas (Camping Gaz, butane, propane, etc) suppliers. If there are no suppliers in the island just enter "None".

Suplier1/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3ESuplier1.3C.2Fspan.3ECooking icon Suplier1  [[St Lucia#Suplier1|Suplier1]] DD.dddDD.ddd gas supplier location etc, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Suplier2/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3ESuplier2.3C.2Fspan.3ECooking icon Suplier2  [[St Lucia#Suplier2|Suplier2]] DD.dddDD.ddd gas supplier location etc, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Chandlers

Submit addresses and contact details of chandlers and other marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers. If there not any in the island just enter "None".

Submit addresses and contact details of chandlers and other marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers. If there not any in the island just enter "None".

Chandler1/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EChandler1.3C.2Fspan.3EChandler icon Chandler1  [[St Lucia#Chandler1|Chandler1]] DD.dddDD.ddd chandler location etc, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Services

Repairs

List repair services. If no or limited repair services are available on the island write "None" or "Limited".

If repairs are included in every port pages, the following line is appropriate, otherwise remove it. Also see each Port.

If repairs are specific ports or by individual mechanics provide specific information as follows:

Yard or Mechanic's name/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EYard_or_Mechanic.27s_name.3C.2Fspan.3EService icon Yard or Mechanic's name  [[St Lucia#Yard or Mechanic's name|Yard or Mechanic's name]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, location, tel. ++XX XXXX XXXXX, Email: xxx@xxxx.xx.

Internet

Are any internet or WiFi connections available in the island? If so where?

Mobile connectivity

Is there mobile telephone signal such as G4, G3, GPRS in the island? How strong is the signal? Are there any blind spots?

Vehicle Rentals

Are cars, motorbikes, and bicycles available for rent? If so give the name, location, tel number of the rental outlets.

Rental establishment/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3ERental_establishment.3C.2Fspan.3ECar icon Rental establishment  [[St Lucia#Rental establishment|Rental establishment]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, location, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX, Email: xxx@xxxx.xx.

Provisioning

Give the names and locations of supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, etc..

Store name1/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EStore_name1.3C.2Fspan.3EProvisions icon Store name1  [[St Lucia#Store name1|Store name1]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, location, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Store name2/wiki/St_Lucia#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EStore_name2.3C.2Fspan.3EProvisions icon Store name2  [[St Lucia#Store name2|Store name2]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, location, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Transportation

There are flights to England and to the US via Barbados. Also there are ferries from Rodney Bay to Martinique.

Eating out

Give the name of recommended restaurant, tavernas, pastry stores, etc.)

  • Location1
Name/wiki/St_Lucia#.27.27.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EName.3C.2Fspan.3E.27.27Eatingout icon Name  [[St Lucia#Name|Name]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.
  • Location2
Name/wiki/St_Lucia#.27.27.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EName.3C.2Fspan.3E.27.27Eatingout icon Name  [[St Lucia#Name|Name]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Tourism

History

The Europeans first arrived in the 1550s led by the notorious buccaneer Francois le Clerc, a.k.a. Jambe de Bois, or Wooden Leg. Peg-Leg le Clerc set up a fine little base on Pigeon Island, from whence he issued forth to prey upon unwitting and treasure-laden Spanish galleons. The island is named for the Roman Catholic Saint Lucy of Syracuse. Around 1600, the Dutch arrived, establishing a fortified base at Vieux Fort. Then the English colonists arrived in the 1600s. The French also settled in Soufrière in 1746. The British and the French contested the island throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979. Despite this long English rule, the island's French cultural legacy is still evident in its Creole dialect.

Places to Visit

See individual ports.

Friends

Submit details/contacts of cruiser's "friends" that can be contacted in advance or on arrival - who can offer information and assistance to our cruising "family".

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

Comments

We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

  • Despite the dramatic beauty of the island and its many attractive anchorages, I found our stay rather unpleasant. We were continuously harassed by an endless procession of money hungry young men. --Istioploos


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