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Before You Travel | How to Get There | Boarding Time/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and care free. 

We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

It is important that you refer to our main COVID-19 page for St. Lucia to see detailed guidelines and information sources before you go on vacation.

Read Covid Travel Guidelines 

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Before You Travel

Address 
The Moorings 
Rodney Bay Marina 
Rodney Bay, St Lucia, WI

Base Hours 
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week (evening staff to cover until all flights have arrived)

Time Zone
UTC/GMT -4 hours

Tourist Information Center
Tourist Board, St. Lucia 
P.O. Box 221 
Castries, St. Lucia, West Indies 
Tel: 758-452-4094/5968 
Fax: 758-453-1121 
Email: [email protected]

General Information
Area: 619 Sq Km (239 Sq Mi) 
Population: 153,100 
Capital City: Castries 
Official Languages: English & French-based patois 
Ethnic groups: African, mixed decent, European and East Indian 
Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant 
Government: Constitutional Monarchy 
Industries: agriculture, clothing, electrical components, fishing, food processing, rum distilling, tourism
For more information, view this destination's Cruising Conditions.

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How to Get There

Airport 
There are two ways to get to St.Lucia: 
1. Fly to St.Lucia’s George Charles airport; take a taxi to the base; distance is approximately 30 min by taxi. See Taxi costs below. 
2. Lucia’s Hewanorra International airport; take a taxi to the base; distance is approximately 1½ Hours by taxi. See taxi costs below.

Flights
Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our inhouse flight specialist at 866.649.2003 before you book your flights.

Private Charter Flights
Through our partnership with a number of reputable airlines The Moorings can arrange private charter flights to St. Lucia and any other of our Caribbean destinations. Contact our in-house flight specialist at 866.649.2003 for more details.

Transfers 
Transfers are not included in your charter price, so you must arrange or pay for your own on arrival (see below) or, for your convenience, you can arrange return taxi transfers in advance. Please contact your Moorings Holiday Planning Specialist who will be happy to do this for you. While we will arrange these transfers, they must still be paid for locally in US Dollars.

From Hewanorra International airport - (85 minutes) Collins Taxi Service will 'meet and greet' you and take you directly to your yacht. On arrival, after immigration and customs, please walk straight ahead and look for your driver holding a sign with your name on it - standing by the green iron bars. Approximate cost: 1-3 pax $90: extra passengers $25 per person, each way.

From George Charles (Vigie) airport - (30 minutes) Collins Taxi Service will 'meet and greet' you and take you directly to your yacht. On arrival, look for your driver holding a sign with your name on it. Approximate cost: 1-3 pax $25: extra passengers $10 per person, each way.

Taxis
From Hewanorra Airport: 1-3 person is $90US. More than 3 is $25US per person. 
Collins Taxi Service - Tel: 758-518-7959

From George Charles Airport- 1-3 persons - $25US. More than 3 is $10US per person.
Vigie Airport Taxi Service - Tel: 758 452 1599

Car Rentals
Most major car rental agencies are located at both airports and at the major hotels. 

Available are Avis, Budget, Cool Breeze Jeep-Car Rental, Courtesy Rent-A-Car, CTL Rent-A-Car, Hertz Rent-A-Car, Inter Island Car Rental, National Car Rental, St. Lucia Yacht Car Rental, Wayne's Motorcycle Centre.

Driving is on the left, British style. Seat belts should be worn.
Drinking and driving is against the law. Observe the speed limits, especially a 30 mph limit within Castries. Parking tickets are issued for vehicles parked in "no parking" zones, and the penalties start at around EC$500.

In case of a breakdown or accident, make sure to have the telephone number of the car rental company. If a breakdown occurs during business hours, the company will send a mechanic to fix or exchange the car. If it is after business hours, leave the vehicle and report the breakdown first thing the next morning.

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Boarding Time/Check Out

CBoarding Time Procedures
Charter Boarding Time: 12:00 PM 
Sleep Aboard Time: 6:00 PM
Briefing Times: 10:00 AM for regular start times and 3:30 PM for Sleep Aboards

All skippers must attend a Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.

Late Arrivals 
If arriving after hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating the location of your boat. The Chart Briefing and Boat Briefing will be held the following morning prior to departure.

Check Out Procedures
Charter End Time: 11:00 AM for Sailing Charters & 10:00 AM for Power Charters

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this before the charter end time.

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What's on Board

Provisioning
Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your holiday. Additional items are available to be purchased and delivered directly to your yacht. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

Mobile phones 
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region.

Music/iPods 
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

Electricity
Electric current is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. (A few hotels are 110 volts, 60 cycles.) Most sockets take 3-pin square plugs (UK standard) but some take 2-pin round plugs or flat American plugs, which are rarer. Adapters are generally available at the hotels. 

Yachts - The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. In order to use electronic equipment that is 110v, you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter unless your boat has a generator. You can rent an inverter at the base while available.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Cruising Licenses
A formal sailing license is not mandatory to charter here. A completed Sailing or Power resume is required to ensure you have the necessary experience required to charter yourself.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-colored, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

Drones
The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws-in-saint-lucia/

Currency
The local currency in St Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar 

US Dollars and travelers cheques are also used throughout the Windwards. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most places.

Gratuity
10-15% is generally acceptable if it has not been added already. 

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards. Please see our Base Notes for additional information.

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunization Information
This destination is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
Your health and safety are important to us. For advice on how to stay safe while on charter, please review our Travel Advice InformationCurrent travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting travel.state.gov

Swim Safe 

Swimming is often a fun and important part of a vacation. However local rules, flag systems, currents and where swimming may be permitted, can be different and vary from country to country. Snorkel vests, Life Jackets and Diver Down flags are all available on board. 

Children:

  • Talk to children about water safety at the start of a vacation, making them aware of the potential dangers.
  • Accidents can happen at any time on vacation, but often they happen on the first and last day, so keep watch and do not get distracted when your children are playing by, or in the water.
  • Children in or near water should always be supervised by an adult and never left unattended. 
  • Get in the water with them, it is easier to keep an eye on them as well as good fun. Floatation devices are highly recommended for children but are not a substitute for supervision.

Be aware of your surroundings

  • Check warning flags and signage on the beach and only swim where it is permitted. 
  • Beware of dangerous currents, these can be very powerful. Not all beaches have lifeguards and/or warning flags.
  • Beware of underwater hazards, such as reefs, rocks, sudden changes in depth and marine life.
  • Never swim where a sign says not to e.g. in zoned areas for jet boats or jet skis.
  • Never swim at night or after drinking alcohol.

Look out for others

  • Never swim alone, ‘buddy up’ with others in your party and use the snorkel vests provided.
  • Know how and where to get help. If you see someone in difficulty; raise the alarm, preferably the emergency services. Ensure you know the correct number for the country you are in.

Do not overestimate your ability

  • Consider swimming lessons before you go if you think it would be useful to learn proper swimming technique.
  • Even if you regularly swim in a pool, remember that open water swimming can be very different.

Safety

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets, harnesses, snorkel vests & diver down flags. You can see all this equipment demonstrated in our online safety briefing, and we strongly recommend that you make use this equipment during your vacation. This safety equipment will be displayed in the saloon of your boat on boarding - If you have any questions feel free to ask our base staff during your briefing. 

We have a very limited supply of children's life jackets on base so highly recommend that if you are travelling with children, you bring their own. This ensures that children have correctly fitting jackets that are comfortable for them.  

Children should not be allowed in the dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and should wear a buoyancy aid or harness whilst on deck. 

Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy. 

Travel Insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings holiday.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunization requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.

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