St. Lucia is a gem of diverse wonders, from Mt. Gimie which rises more than 3,000 feet into the sky to the clear water below to the scattering of banana plantations. Aboard your crewed yacht charter you will find the panoramic views from deck breathtaking in places such as scenic Marigot Bay and the two Pitons further south. Your professional captain will bring you below the island’s steep slopes covered in emerald-colored foliage and into picturesque harbors reminiscent of an older time. Walk the trails that wind between wild orchids and giant ferns while watching tropical birds fly overhead. Get a closer look at the dormant Soufriére volcano, locally known as the Sulphur Springs, and where steam still rises from the crater. Your crew will plan ahead so you can experience the many attractions that include St. Lucia as well as the equally enchanting islands of St. Vincent, Bequia, Mustique, Mayreau, and Tobago Cays, plus the island of Martinique to the north. Sailing with a private crew in an area that stretches from Martinique to Grenada lets you savor the Windward chain of islands while leaving the details to us.
The Windward Islands are best traveled on a crewed yacht charter during the winter months when a cool wind usually blows from the northeast. The north-south orientation of the islands is ideal for sailing most the longer passages as the wind will be on the beam and provide a swifter journey southward. A one-way crewed charter may be more favorable as it allows more ground coverage and avoids sailing windward. Temperatures range from 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 29°C) December through May, and from 75°F to 95°F (24°C to 35°C) June through November.
Sailing with a crew aboard your private yacht opens a world of opportunities to explore, swim and simply relax. Leave the navigation to your captain and savor the unique dishes prepared by your gourmet chef onboard while soaking up the surrounding panoramic view of islands, crystal-clear waters and magnificent sunsets. The islands are fringed with stretches of white-sand beaches perfect to diving into the clear water as well as kayaking, windsurfing or trying the many other watersports available. The most spectacular landscapes can be found within serene Marigot Bay as well as in the grandeur of the towering Pitons on the west coast. Sightseeing around the islands gives you a chance to take in historic sties, natural wonders and unique shopping venues.
A favored first stop for those traveling St. Lucia’s waters is at the Pitons, conical peaks that rise more than 2,000 feet from the sea. Gros Piton and the smaller Petit Piton have been named a World Heritage Site and are stunning sites when arriving by sea. The two volcanic plugs have challenged hikers to climb the lush slopes that look out over the breathtaking sea. Further out is the town of Soufriére where you can dine along the beach, swim among the reef or take in the view from the top of Gros Piton.
The island of Bequia is no stranger to sailors as it has a history rich in fishing and seafaring that is still prominent on its coast. Part of the cluster of islands that make up the Grenadines, the island’s residents have a quiet pride for their community and its maritime traditions. The main settlement of Port Elizabeth is located at Admiralty Bay, the principle harbor on the island. Find your own hideaway along the bay where shops spill into the streets and restaurants tempt with the aromas that waft from their kitchens. End the evening at The Frangipani Hotel with a candlelit dinner and a view of the twinkling stars outside.
Whether you choose to jump in the water of The Tobago Cays Marine Park, or simply take it in from your yacht’s deck, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable time. Here among the encompassing Mayreau Island and the small cluster of isles comprising Tobago, scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities abound. The visibility is excellent and marine life can be found all throughout the reefs in the area. Anchor at Mayreau’s Salt Whistle Bay for a protected and scenic stop where ashore a small resort and scattering of restaurants can be found. Fill your senses with the undisturbed surroundings of land and sea by day and the clear sky filled with stars at night.
To the south of St. Lucia lays the larger island of St. Vincent with its spectacular Blue Lagoon. This well protected harbor on the southern end of the island has two restaurants to dine at before heading inland by taxi or car rental to see more of the area. At the head of the Mesopotamia Valley sits Montreal Gardens where you can walk along paths lined with fragrant tropical flowers. Visit The Botanical Gardens, the Falls of Baleine, Fort Charlotte and the 3,000-foot Soufriére volcano where you will leave with memories to last a lifetime.