Sailing and Boating Near Gros Islet

You'll have to clear in elsewhere when you sail to Gros Islet

Photo credit © Joy's Adventure Excursions and Coastal Cruises

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.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
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:

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


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.

Name Phone Location
Greg Glace Dock Marina -- Rodney 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
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
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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