This page provides useful pre-departure, travel and base information. From airport procedures to visa requirements, 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.

Address & Map

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

Hours of Operation
8:00am - 5:00pm, 7 days a week.

Base Facilities
Restaurant, hotel, pool, gift shop, ice, snorkelling gear, kayak rental, showers/toilets, customs for clearance, supermarket, laundry, car rental, post office and bank. Portable phones are available.

Base Map
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Arrival & Departure

How to Get There
There are two ways to get to St.Lucia:
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.
Lucia’s Hewanorra International airport; take a taxi to the base; distance is approximately 1½ Hours by taxi. See taxi costs below.

Servicing Airlines
Air France
Air Canada
American Eagle 6777
British Airways
BWIA
Caribbean Star
Delta
LIAT
US Airways
Virgin Atlantic
Due to the number of flights we organise, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Vacation Planner before you book your flights.

Customs / Immigration
Customs & Immigration is open daily from 9AM to 4PM, closed for lunch from 12AM to 1PM
A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance. Expiration date must be no earlier than 6 months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.

Airport 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 Vacation 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.

Arrival / Departure Procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 12:00 noon or 6:00pm (with evening start).
Briefing Times: Boat/Chart Briefings are scheduled at 10:00am for noon starts / 3:30pm for evening starts. All Skippers are required to attend the briefings.
All skippers must attend the briefing and everything you need to know will be covered from customs regulations, use of the radio, making dinner reservations, how to get help etc... please save all questions of this nature until then. The Moorings operations manual will be on board your yacht for your use throughout yor charter.
Disembarkation: All charters end at 12:00 noon at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.
IMPORTANT: If you intend to visit the French Islands (Martinique), please advise the Moorings prior to your departure as we cannot guarantee all yachts will be able to visit. .

Late Arrival Procedure
If arriving after office hours, a welcome letter and the keys for the yacht will be left with security. A welcome board on the yacht will indicate the Skipper's name.

Security Excess
If you haven't purchased Yacht Damage Waiver, a security deposit (amount as per your invoice) is payable at the base by travelers cheques, Visa or Master Card, and is refundable at the end of the charter subject to there being no loss or damage. The liability includes loss or theft of the dinghy and/or outboard.

Taxes / Departure Tax
Departure taxes are included in the price of the airline ticket.

Taxi
From Hewanorra Airport: 1-3 person is $90US. More than 3 is $25US per person.
Southern Taxi Association - Tel: 758 454 6136

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

Car Rental
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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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
Tipping: 10-15% is generally acceptable if it has not been added already.
Electricity: Electric current is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. (A few hotels are 110 volts, 60 cycles)
Time: UTC/GMT -4 hours

Hotels

Restaurants
Rodney Bay Marina is pleased to be the home of an array of eateries and bars that offer guests a variety of dining and entertainment options.

  • Big Chef Steak House
  • Key Largo
  • The Edge Restaurant Bar & Sushi
  • Razzmatazz
  • The Lime
  • Fire Grill & lounge
  • Chef Xavier Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Delirious
  • Rehab
  • Ocean Club
  • Rituals Café
  • The Bread Basket
  • Bosuns
  • Elena's
  • Cafe Ole
  • Captain Mike’s bar and Grill

Post Office
There are Post Offices in most towns in St. Lucia. Hours are 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Cards and letters can be posted from the base.

Internet Connectivity
Free Wifi in the Marina

Mobile Phones
Your mobile phone may work in the Caribbean, check with your service provider for coverage. Leave your phone number with Customer Service before casting off.

Tourist Information Centers
Tourist Board, St. Lucia
P.O. Box 221
Castries, St. Lucia, West Indies
Tel:  758-452-4094/5968
Fax:  758-453-1121
Email:  SLUTOUR@candw.lc

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Banks & Money Exchange

Banks
First National Bank of St. Lucia is located in the Marina.  Also, The Moorings reception will be able to change cash for you.

Currencies / Money Exchange
The local currency in St Lucia is teh Eastern Caribbean Dollar
US Dollars and US$ travelers cheques are also used throughout the Windwards. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most places.

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Activities & Sports

Snorkeling or Diving
All of our bases offer snorkelling gear. Please check availability for children’s sizes.  You may wish to pack your own snorkeling gear.  Scuba diving packages are available through Scuba Steves which is close to The Moorings Base.  Scuba Steves

Fishing
No fishing license is required. Fishing equipment can be rented through The Moorings base at $8 USD per day.

Deep Sea Fishing
A number of boat charter operations on the island offer whole and half-day deep sea fishing excursions. Seasonal catches include mackerel, king mackerel, white marlin, barracuda, kingfish and sailfish.

Kayaking
Kayaks can be added to your charter contract. Please contact your Moorings Vacation Planning Specialist for more details.

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Cruising Information

Experience / Qualification requirements
A sailing qualifiactions is not mandatory to charter here - but you must demonstrate that you have the necessary experience and ability. If our base staff are not confident in your ability when you arrive, they will arrange for a Moorings skipper to travel with you - at your own expense. Please ensure you have completed a Sailing Resume or a Power Resume to ensure you have the necessary experience required.

Cruising Permits
There is no formal cruising tax for the windward regions. However, clients must clear customs as they pass through each country and, generally fees are associated with the clearing process.

Skippered Charters
There are several different countries represented within the cruising grounds of the Windward Islands and each of them require customs/immigration clearance upon arrival and departure. Fees vary based on the country, yacht, number of passengers, itinerary etc.  All charters with a skipper are encouraged to provide the skipper with an initial $500 at the beginning their charter. This money will be used to cover costs for customs fees as well as mooring ball fees for the duration of the charter. The total amount needed may be less or it may be more.  At the end of the charter the skipper will return any remaining funds along with receipts for all money spent.  ATMs are limited in the cruising grounds so it’s important to plan ahead for these fees.

Electricity Information
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.

Mooring & Park Fees
There is no formal cruising tax for the windward regions as the BVI. However, you must clear customs as you pass through each country and, generally, there are fees associated with the clearing process.

Sailing Area Restrictions
In St. Lucia, anchoring is strictly forbidden in Soufriere in the area managed by the Soufriere Marine Management Area, but they do supply moorings.

Charterers can choose to explore the island and its anchorages on the western coast, head south to the Grenadines, or head north to Martinique and Dominica.

Customs Costs
Customs cost when sailing to Martinique is approximately $40 USD per boat to depart St. Lucia and $25 USD to clear back into St. Lucia - approximate total of $65 USD.

Interesting Sites
We recommend you visit the Itinerary page, your chart briefer and cruising guide, but among our favourite places are: The Pitons, Souffriere and Rodney Bay, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island and the Tobago Keys.

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Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat)

Provisioning Services
This destination offers the convenience of The Moorings Provisioning Service! Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking online or over the phone. Or choose to order online from our Online Provisioning Store which also offers all packages and an extensive a la carte inventory. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

Supermarkets
Glass Mini Mart is located just next to our reception and the Super J SuperMarket is a short 3 minute taxi from the base.

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Health & Safety

Travel Insurance
Moorings offers 'Charter Care' which is a comprehensive travel insurance scheme for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your Moorings vacation.

Vaccination and Immunisation Information
St. Lucia is generally risk-free of contagious disease. You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus and Hepatitus B vaccines. An International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

Travel Advice
Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting Travel.State.Gov!

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