Remarkable Sailing Trip In Gros Islet, St. Lucia!
Explore the natural wonders of the island paradise of St. Lucia on a yacht! Book the Sunsail 51 Cruising Monohull for up to 11 person. Rate starts at $985 per day. Skipper and crew service also available at extra fee. Special pricing available if departing on January 12, 2019, request to book now! Rate: • Starts at $985 per day Rates may vary, depends on days booked and age of yacht. Inquire for exact rates. Extras: • Insurance: $301 • Hire a Cook: $1,183 ($169 per day) • Hire a Skipper: $1,323 ($189 per day) • Allow 1 extra cabin for crew What You Can Expect: Overview One of the jewels of the Windward Islands, St. Lucia boasts a landscape expansive in banana plantations, picturesque hamlets and beautiful harbors reminiscent of an older Caribbean. The island, volcanic in origin, still slopes with forested peaks, the highest of which is Mt. Gimie, soaring more than 3,000 feet skyward. The area is abundant with flora, including the wild orchids and giant ferns. Look for the tropical birds while hiking the islands curving trails and pathways. A popular attraction that shouldn’t be missed is the nearby Soufriére volcano where you can hike to the crater and learn about the volcano’s impact on the island. Travel along the west coast to idyllic Marigot Bay then further south to the spectacular Pitons that rise above the sea and are covered in dark-green foliage. Once you’ve taken in the island scene your charter journey continues southward to Bequia, Mustique, Mayreau and Tobago Cays for more island treasures or voyage north to the nearby island of Martinique. Cruising in St. Lucia Forming the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea, the Windward Islands’ north-south orientation means the winds will be on the beam more often than not when traveling south. This is ideal for fast cruising on the longer passages between some of the islands. A prime time for a St. Lucia yacht charter is during the winter months when a cool northeast wind blows across the shores. Heading north, cruising close-hauled or on a close reach is typical while those that opt for a one-way charter can cover more ground and avoid moving windward. Wind velocities run the gamut from a gentle 10 knots to a more spirited 25 knots, often strengthening off the northern ends of the islands due to land effect. Temperatures range from 65°F to 85°F December through May, and from 75°F to 95°F June through November. Navigation is straightforward, though plotting courses and keeping an eye on the GPS is important. St. Lucia Highlights Whether you’re enjoying the sights of your St. Lucia yacht charter from the deck of your boat, in the water, or on land, there is no doubt you will be captivated by your surroundings. Historic sites and lush landscapes are the backdrop to beaches suited for swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving. Around the island you will discover natural beauty in places such as Marigot Bay and the stunning Pitons to the south. When you’re not cutting through the surf on your yacht, you may want to take advantage of the many sightseeing opportunities on land while hiking, shopping or simply taking in the scene from a table at a quaint shorefront restaurant. St. Lucia Cruising Itinerary A St. Lucia cruising itinerary has many possibilities. You could spend the entire week in St. Lucia waters using Rodney Bay as your base to enjoy leisurely sails and sojourns ashore to shop, sightsee, and sample gourmet fare in upscale restaurants. But for most charterers the attraction of the Eastern Caribbean is the chance to combine open-water, down-island trips in fair winds with pleasant days of short passages between islands to swim, snorkel, and experience the culture and ambience of the smaller isles in the magnificent Grenadines just south of St. Vincent. The longest passage is between St. Lucia and St. Vincent, and beyond are myriad islands in a tropical paradise (see St. Lucia maps). Day 1: The Pitons The twin conical peaks of Petit Piton and Gros Piton are among the most noteworthy landmarks in St. Lucia. Cruising in the Pitons is certainly magic to the eyes of countless cruisers who visit every year. Just north of Petit Piton is the small town of Soufriére, which shares the name of the nearby dormant volcano, the only one in the world that you can drive a car right inside! Creole buildings with gingerbread trim give the place an Old World ambience. Enjoy window-shopping and dining out in a variety of shops and restaurants here. Both scenic and accommodating to boaters, the waters around the Pitons are part of the Soufriére Marine Management Area and a highlight of yachting in St. Lucia. Things to do There are many restaurants along the shore and in town. The most elegant is the Hummingbird Restaurant at Hummingbird Resort. Sulfur Springs, the volcanically heated waters of Diamond Baths and its surrounding tropical gardens, guided hiking tours in the rain forest near Morne Fond St. Jacques (stop by the Soufriére Marine Management office in town for more information), Maho waterfalls, and the Jalousie Plantation (part of Sunswept Resorts) are among the attractions in and around Soufriére. Day 2: Bequia A short sail will take you to anchor in Admiralty Bay, Bequia’s main harbor on the island’s west side and the location of the only settlement, Port Elizabeth. When cruising in Admiralty Bay you’ll see at the head of the harbor little hotels, a variety of shops, boutiques, food markets, a bookstore, as well as a number of bars and restaurants, many with a nautical theme in keeping with the fishing and boatbuilding tradition that’s alive and well on the island. Artisans build small and large vessels from wood using traditional methods. On Bequia’s south side you can find the gorgeous Friendship Bay with its lovely white sand beach and anchorage that’s well protected from swells. Things to do There are literally dozens of bars and restaurants, too many to list. However, a few options include the Frangipani Hotel for a romantic dinner featuring Caribbean fare, Auberge des Grenadines for sumptuous lobster and other seafood, and the Tradewinds Yacht Club restaurant, Devil’s Table, which has good food for all budgets and a charming island ambience. For charterers seeking a bit of pampering, get a massage at Jack’s Spa & Beauty Salon, or play a game of tennis at one of several courts. Hiking is popular on Bequia, along the beaches and on the trails in the hills of Mount Pleasant. Visit the Bequia Maritime Museum, the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, or the home of one of Bequia’s most famous harpooners, Athneal Ollivierre, where there’s a small whaling museum. Bequia is both beautiful and filled with attractions. Consider seeing all of the sights with a jeep, scooter or bike rental from Handy Andy. It’s a very fun island to drive around. Day 3: Tobago Cays The five deserted isles of the Tobago Cays are the jewels of Tobago Cays Marine Park, which comprises the surrounding waters as well. Horseshoe Reef nearly encircles the four main cays, and beyond its protective embrace is Petit Tabac. One of the premier snorkeling and diving locales within the Grenadines, and the entire Windward chain, for that matter, it’s no surprise that Tobago Cays cruising is a highlight of exploring these waters. Things to do Snorkel, swim, sunbathe, and relax in unspoiled beauty. Observe the sea turtles at the sea turtle-watching area on Baradel. Contact one of the local dive companies to go scuba diving (diving on your own isn’t permitted). Line up a vendor for a beach barbecue (beach barbecues are regulated to protect the park). Day 4: Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau, Tobago Cays Salt Whistle Bay, located at the northern tip of Mayreau, is an ideal starting point for reaching the nearby Tobago Cays Marine Park. Pleasant anchorage can be found in the bay where no park fees are charged. The bay is set among an arching white-sand beach and is a favored spot for swimming among the balmy trade winds. The Tobago Cays are known for their pristine waters with excellent visibility where snorkeling and diving are a popular way to experience the colorful underwater life. Things to do Both locations offer pristine locations for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. The Tobago Cays are more popular among divers due to the excellent visibility. Relax with a drink at a beachside bar or the club restaurant at Salt Whistle Bay. Rediscover nature at the Tobago Cays where sea turtles can be watched on Baradel or line up a vendor for an enjoyable beach barbecue. Day 5: Mustique Sail to the tiny island of Petit Nevis for lunch and more beach time. On to Mustique, the island of royals, the rich and the famous, you can overnight in Britannia Bay. A spine of hills 400 to 600 feet in elevation runs down the midsection of Mustique, providing sweeping views of the sea that make an ideal setting for the palatial estates, about 90 in all, dotting the lush, green slopes extending to the edges of pristine white-sand beaches. Celebrities, business magnates, and royalty have made the island a cherished retreat. Mustique yachting ushers you into this exclusive world. Things to do Hike the trails and quiet roads of the island, or take a tour via taxicab or rented mountain bike or motorbike. Enjoy a swim at the beautiful beach at Macaroni Bay. Horseback riding is also an option. Or snorkel and scuba dive in the crystal clear waters. Day 6: Kearton's Bay, St. Vincent Spend your day in the Grenadines exploring the western shores of St. Vincent then drop anchor for the night in Keartons Bay. This anchorage is a secret little hideaway and home to top-rated Rock Side Cafe. Soak up the sun on one of the island’s best black-sand beaches and enjoy your favorite water activities—swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or floating atop a raft—amidst a picture-perfect and pleasantly uncrowded backdrop. Things to do Swimming, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddleboarding, Beachcombing Day 7: Marigot Bay Tucked away below the verdant hilltops on the west side of St. Lucia, Marigot Bay is a secluded anchorage for boaters seeking a relaxing quiet harbor during their journey along the coast. Charming homes overlook the seas in a colorful collage of white and red-topped roofs. The nearby Marina Village features a variety of unique stores and boutiques perfect for shopping. Waterfront restaurants offer an array of French, Creole and Caribbean cuisine with the added benefit of jaw-dropping sunset views. Things to do An attractive waterfront greets visitors entering Marigot Bay from the sea. The area is protected by sloping hills and dotted with various restaurants known for their French cuisine. Take a sightseeing tour of the surrounding land or head to St. Lucia’s marine park for excellent diving and views of the numerous shallow reefs near the shore. What To Expect Onboard: The Sunsail 51 is a high-performance star built with elegance, comfort and plenty of space for family and friends. Additional information Convertible Saloon: This yacht has a convertible saloon which is included as a double berth in the maximum capacity. Forepeaks: This yacht has a forepeak large enough for one adult, accessible from the hatch and includes a sink and fan but is not air conditioned. This berth is included in the maximum capacity of this yacht, though the space is very confined. Skipper/Cook: A hired Skipper or Cook will need to use an interior cabin and will not utilize the forepeak. Air Conditioning: This yacht has generator powered A/C. Specification • Length Overall: 15.38m/50ft 5in • Waterline Length: 13.92m/45ft 7in • Beam: 4.69m/15ft 4in • Draft: 1.73m/5ft 8in • Displacement: 13900kg/30644lb • Fuel Capacity: 240L/63gal • Water Capacity: 615L/161gal • Engines: 75hp • Number of Berths: 8 • Max Number of Berths: 11 • Number of Heads: 4 • Number of Cabins: 4 • Number of Showers: 4 If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
- Captain is optional.
- You decide if you would like to book with or without a captain.
- 11 guests
- Cruising Monohull
Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
- Galley Stove & Oven
- Air Conditioning
- Watersports Equipment
- Wheel steering
- CD Player
- Furling Headsail
- Furling Mainsail
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
Full refund up to 5 days prior.