Mt. Gimie, its highest peak, soars more than 3,000 feet skyward. Although St. Lucia has a population of about 160,000, its expansive banana plantations, picturesque hamlets, and beautiful harbours are more reminiscent of the Caribbean when it was less developed. Spend your holiday sailing between some of the most beautiful anchorages in the Caribbean from Marigot Bay to the volcanic peaks of the Pitons. Venture south to the stunning Grenadines, or north to the lush islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe and Martinique.

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Sailing conditions

The Windward Islands form the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. The trade winds typically blow from the northeast during the winter months, prime time for a St. Lucia yacht charter, and more southeasterly during the summer. The north-south orientation of the islands means the wind will be on the beam more often than not when sailing south. This is ideal for fast sailing on the longer passages between some of the islands. Heading north, sailing close-hauled or on a close reach is typical. Some sailors opt for a one-way charter, allowing them to cover more ground and avoid sailing to windward.

Wind velocities run the gamut from a gentle 10 knots to a more spirited 25 knots, often strengthening off the northern ends of the islands due to land effect. Temperatures range from 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 29°C) December through May, and from 75°F to 95°F (24°C to 35°C) June through November. Navigation is straightforward, though plotting courses and keeping an eye on the GPS is important. The tall, cloud-topped peaks of the islands can be seen for miles.

Sea conditions in the lee of the island are relatively calm but the waters between islands are exposed and can have a bit of a swell.

St Lucia is classed as a level 3 destination due to the higher winds and more exposed atlantic swells.

Getting there

There are direct flights from the UK to St Lucia or regular flights via Barbados.

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