St. Lucia

St. Lucia travel information

essential information

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Find everything you need to prepare for a charter in St. Lucia. From important base information to required documents for international travel, you can use this information as your guide before and during your charter. Don't forget to pack a copy to take with you.

Plan

Before you go

Address
Rodney Bay Marina
Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, West Indies

Base hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week  with (evening staff to cover until all flights have arrived).                                                       

Time zone
UTC/GMT -4 hours

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 gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the latest information.

Sailing licences
No sailing licences are required for cruising in this region. We strongly advise that you take any sailing certification on holiday with you as this is useful should you be contacted by Customs or Port Police. 

The skipper and first mate will be required to fill in a sailing resume prior to arrival at the base to confirm that they have the necessary skills to sail in this region.

Luggage + packing list
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht. The base has no facilities for holding luggage. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list below 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-coloured, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swim wear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Bug spray and OTC pain relievers/ointments such as motion sickness relief
  • 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
Local currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar

US dollars and US dollar travellers cheques are also used throughout the Windwards. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most places. AMEX is accepted as well, but may incur a 3 to 4 percent charge per transaction.

We cannot exchange any money or traveller cheques at the base.

Gratuity
Gratuity is appreciated and amount of tip is typically 10 to 15 percent of the final charter cost.

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.

What's on board

Coolers
Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign these out and return them clean and undamaged otherwise you will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Mobile phones
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region. Card and coin phones can be found all over the island. You can buy phones cards in post offices and some shops.

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
The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in St. Lucia is 110 volts AC, 50Hz and uses the standard US 2-pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here.

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Sail

About the marina

Marina facilities
A fully serviced marina including a hotel, restaurants and a bank.

Water
Showers
Pool
Garbage disposal
Provisioning
Accomodation
Bar and restaurants
Money change (limited amounts)

Sailing grounds

Experience level
Level 3

Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area. View here for more information.

Sailing area restrictions
Outside our cruising grounds would be Barbados, US Virgin Islands and Spanish Virgin Islands.

Rest of Caribbean: no further than 20 miles out from Puerto Rico to Grenada,
excluding Saba, Montserrat, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago.

There are some other restrictions throughout the whole Caribbean, which are detailed in the Caribbean Introduction section.

It is strictly forbidden to sail alone, we require two persons minimum on board.

Night sailing
You must be moored at least one hour before sunset. Night Sailing is not allowed without permission from the base manager. The decision to allow night sailing is based on your skill level and can be requested in advance.
You will need to fill out the Sailing resume for the base to review but we cannot guarantee approval.

Charts + pilot books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are issued at your chart briefing.

Sailing permits + taxes
St. Lucia cruising permit
USD 7.50-20

St. Vincent cruising permit
USD 0.75/ft

Grenada cruising permit
Up to 40 feet: USD 20
40-60 feet: USD 29
60-80 feet: USD 39
80 feet and over: USD 58

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.

Moorings fees + taxes
St. Lucia
USD 12-16

St. Vincent
31-51 feet: ECD 100
51 feet and over: ECD140

Grenada
USD 6-22

Payable when clearing at customs.

The Windward Islands are four separate countries:

Martinique (part of France)
St. Lucia (south to Martinique)
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (south to PSV)
Grenada (including Carriacou and Petit Martinique)
Mooring facilities are provided in some areas for overnight stays. These are managed by local restaurants and bars or marinas. Charges are variable but start at USD 20 a night.

A marine park fee for Tobago Cays is ECD 10 per day, per person. This can't be purchased in advance at our base; it will be done on the marine park facility.

Health + safety

Travel advice
St. Lucia is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Current travel, health, and safety information can be obtained by visiting gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Travel insurance
Sunsail offers comprehensive travel insurance 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 Sunsail holiday. Visit here for more details.

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

Safety
All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses, we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

Your health and safety come first. Please review our travel aware information before beginning your holiday.

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Around the base

Accommodations
Harbor Club Hotel
Bay Gardens Beach
Bay Gardens Hotel
Bay Gardens lnn
Coco Palm Hotel
Marina Haven
Blu , Ginger Lilly and Harmony Suites

Banks
A 1st National Bank is located in the Marina Village and is open Mon-Thurs from 8am-2pm, Friday 8am - 4pm and on Saturdays from 8am-12pm and is closed on Sunday. There's also a 24-hour ATM machine beside the bank.

There are other banks in Rodney Bay with similar opening hours, although they are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

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For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here.

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