Visitors with the skill set and desire to sail to Castries can do so easily so long as they keep in mind that this port is geared towards cruise ships more than yachts. If this is a turn-off, you can sail to a less busy port on the island or instead make plans to participate in a sail hosted by a local.
Around Castries you'll be able to find a number of yacht operators who can be hired to take guests out for sailing tours as well as snorkeling, diving, and fishing. One such operator is Carnival Sailing, who are known for day sails with their luxury catamaran.
If you're simply wanting to experience some time on the open water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you can join an excursion. Take a look at the listing that follows for names and phone numbers for area excursion providers.
|Barefoot Holidays||(758) 450-0507||Downtown Castries|
|Carnival Sailing||(758) 452-5586||Bisse|
|Hackshaw's Boat Charters||(758) 453-0553||Vigie Marina - 0.8 mi. (1.2 km) Northwest of Castries|
|Herod's Island Tours||(758) 716-6540||Downtown Castries|
|Pursuit Boat Trips||(758) 584-6392||Downtown Castries|
Chartering a boat to sail yourself is also a possibility here. This is a great choice for those who love to sail autonomously but don't want to make the trip internationally. A few different charter companies are located in an around Castries, so you can call around to find out who has what you're looking for.
Seriously considering renting a charter boat? The following table indicates how to get a hold of charter companies serving this area.
|B.B.C Yachting||(758) 458-4643||Rodney Bay Marina - Rodney Bay|
|Caribbean Yatching B J||(758) 452-9705||Rodney Bay Marina - Rodney Bay|
|DSL Yachting||(758) 452-8531||Rodney Bay Marina - Rodney Bay|
...avoid the dangerous shoal...
As previously mentioned, Castries is an extremely busy port on St. Lucia. If you feel more comfortable sailing into a less busy port, Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay may be a better fit. To gain clearance you can either anchor your boat in the quarantine anchorage or head straight to the customs dock in Castries. Customs and immigrations officials are available from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on week days. They will review the boat's official documentation, check passports of all passengers, and collect any fees.
As you enter the harbor, make sure to avoid the dangerous shoal to the west of Tapion Peak. If you're traveling at night, a lighthouse atop Vigie Creek flashes every 10 second to help light the way. Once you've entered the harbor, gained clearance, and docked, you'll find facilities to include yacht services, several restaurants, and duty free shopping.
Planning to sail to Castries using your own boat, or one you charter? Take a look at the table below to get information on marinas in the area.
|(758) 452-0324||Castries-Gross Islet Highway - Rodney Bay|
|--||Seraphine Road - 0.7 mi. (1.2 km) North-Northwest of Castries|
The opportunity to sail to and around Castries is one you just won't want to miss. Whether you have to hire someone to take you on a tour or you're planning a high seas adventure that will land you at this port, advanced planning is a must.
|Port Castries - Downtown Castries||14.0134042762||-60.9913730621|
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