As Gros Islet grows in popularity as a top tourist destination, so too do the amenities and activities available here. As a fishing village, the sailing opportunities have always been good, but at the current time those who sail to the island internationally will still have to make do clearing in at a port nearby.
If you simply want to get out onto the water, without the complications and cost associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. See the chart below for names and phone numbers for area excursion providers.
|Joy's Adventure Excursions and Coastal Cruises||(758) 284-1830||Barons Drive - Gros Islet|
|Saluna Watersports||(758) 518-8236||Bay Gardens Beach Resort - Rodney Bay|
|Typhoon Tours||(758) 284-7575||Rodney Bay Marina - Rodney Bay|
|Wave Riders||(758) 452-0808||Rodney Bay Marina - Rodney Bay|
If you're considering the option of chartering a vessel, you can call one of these area agencies:
|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|
There are five ports of entry on St. Lucia: Marigot Bay, Rodney Bay, Castries, Soufriere, and Vieux Fort. The two nearest Gros Islet are Castries and Rodney Bay, so either will do. If you're planning on docking your boat at a marina in either town, the smartest thing to do will be to clear in where you'll dock, but if you're hoping to moor of the coast off Gros Islet, the direction you are arriving from will likely dictate which option you choose.
In order to be granted entry to the island, you'll need to present all of the boat's official documentation, a crew manifesto, a list of the ship's stores, and each passenger will need to show their passport. Once this has been taken care of, you'll be cleared to sail around the island and begin your vacation in Gros Islet.
Seriously considering traveling to Gros Islet using your own vessel, or a boat you charter in a different location? Take a look at the chart that follows to get information concerning area marinas.
|(758) 452-0324||Castries-Gross Islet Highway - Rodney Bay|
|--||Seraphine Road - 0.7 mi. (1.2 km) North-Northwest of Castries|
|Rodney Bay - 1.4 mi. (2.3 km) Northwest of Rodney Bay||14.0869961203||-60.9599590302|
|Bois D'Orange Bay - 1.3 mi. (2.0 km) West of Rodney Bay||14.0674365584||-60.9663105011|
In the coming years we may see a full service marina in Gros Islet, and perhaps even a port of entry. For now, it is a fishing village on the quiet side, perfect for the sailor who likes things laid back and easy going.
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