By Lori Eastes / Photos by Boatopia Media Group
For those seeking an unforgettable destination in the Caribbean, search no further than Saint Lucia. With its stunning volcanic beaches, lush rainforest, and picturesque mountains, this eastern Caribbean island nation offers a scenic backdrop for a world-class, adventure-packed charter yachting experience. The glittering waters of the Caribbean Sea are crystal clear, and the surrounding islands and Saint Lucia’s picturesque mountains complete the stunning views that can be enjoyed while on board. Once out on the open waters, you can explore a variety of locations around the island, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Pitons, the island’s signature pair of dramatically tapered mountains.
Hands down, Gros Islet is one of the best charter yacht destinations in the Caribbean. Located in the north of Saint Lucia, it is renowned for pristine beaches, nightlife, and vibrant culture. With so much to do and see in Gros Islet, it is no wonder that it is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. First, you should check out Pigeon Island National Park. The trails are perfect for hikers, as they offer stunning views of the surrounding area and access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. The island also has an observatory where visitors can observe the local wildlife, as well as a fort from the 1700s that is worth exploring.
If you’re looking for some fun in the sun, you should next head to Reduit Beach. This white sand beach is great for swimming, snorkeling, and windsurfing. You can also rent jet skis and kayaks, or just relax in the sun. Or, if you want to experience some of the local culture, then you should make sure to attend the Friday Night Jump Up. This street party is a great place to experience some of the live music and dancing that St. Lucia is known for. Gros Islet is home to some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, so make sure to sample some of the delicious local cuisine. Some popular dishes include fish and chips, fried plantains, and roasted corn. For shopping, you should head to the local markets. Here, you’ll find everything from fresh produce and handmade crafts to souvenirs and clothing.
Attention, nature enthusiasts: be sure to check out Soufriere. This small town is located on the isle’s west side and is full of stunning landscapes and breathtaking sights, making it a great place for yacht charters to visit. Take a tour of Sulphur Springs, the world’s only “drive-in” volcano, thus named for the crater’s close proximity to the roadway. Here, you can learn about the history and geology of the volcano and its surrounding area; and, located just a couple hundred yards away from the main volcano crater, you can also take in a cleansing mud bath in one of the cooler volcanic pools. Another great cultural experience is a visit to the St. Lucia National Trust Center. The center provides visitors with a chance to learn about the local culture and history, and to witness traditional crafts and art forms.
Soufriere also offers plenty of chances to explore the local wildlife. Take a hike in the Saint Lucia National Park, and you’ll come across a variety of beautiful plants and animals. For bird watchers, the nearby Des Cartiers Bird Sanctuary is a must-see. Here, you can spot numerous species of birds, including toucans and parrots. Lastly, take a boat ride to the nearby Petit Piton, where you can go on a dolphin and whale-watching tour.
For those who prefer to relax, Marigot Bay offers plenty of pampering and spas to choose from, plus you can also take advantage of the many yoga classes offered in the area.
When it comes to nightlife, there are several great bars, restaurants, and clubs in Marigot Bay. The Baywalk Club is a popular spot, offering live music, dancing, and delicious cocktails. You can also visit the local casino or take a romantic evening cruise around the bay. This area is also a historic sight, as many battles between the French and British navies took place in this area.
Whether you’re looking to explore the island’s beauty, soak up the sun at its stunning beaches, or try your hand at a variety of activities, Saint Lucia’s yachting scene offers something for everyone. With its crystal-clear waters, stunning scenery, and a variety of activities, it’s no wonder that Saint Lucia is a top destination for luxury yachting.