Boating and Sailing Near Castries

Castries is one of the biggest and busiest ports on St. Lucia

Photo credit: © Felix Francois
 

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.

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

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.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
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

Boat Rentals and Charters

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.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
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

Docking

...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.

Marinas
Name Phone Location
Greg Glace Dock Marina -- Rodney Bay
New Pointmarigot Marina -- Marigot Bay
Rodney Bay Marina (758) 452-0324 Castries-Gross Islet Highway - Rodney Bay
Vigie Marina -- 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.

Nearby Anchorages
Name Location Latitude Longitude
Anchorage Port Castries - Downtown Castries 14.0134042762 -60.9913730621
 

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