The second largest of the Windward Islands, St. Lucia, is a haven for nature lovers and luxury escapists. During a St. Lucia yacht charter, you can enjoy UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the famous Pitons, ashore and plentiful water-related activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing. The island may be less glitzy than some of its Caribbean neighbors, but its rainforest-cloaked hills and plunging coastline hide endless treasures for those in the know. Whether you’re admiring the beauty of St. Lucia from the decks of your yacht, on land or in the crystal-clear waters, rest assured you will be captivated by the scenery.
A St. Lucia yacht charter allows you to experience a part of the Caribbean that has remained relatively unchanged over the centuries. The British influence has meant that English is the official language, but over the years, St. Lucia has switched between British and French control and islanders speak a French Creole, known as Patois.
As your charter yacht gets closer to the destination, you will be awe-struck as the mountainous terrain of St. Lucia starts to appear on the horizon. A blanket of thick rainforest covers the island and is home to incredible hiking trails and bird-watching opportunities. The southwest corner has arguably the most arresting sight in the Caribbean: the green and precipitous volcanic cones of the Petit Piton and Gros Piton, which rise out of a blue ocean. Both 2,000-foot-high Piton peaks are UNESCO-listed. As your yacht is anchored, you can enjoy alfresco dining with these iconic peaks as your background.
The island’s rugged green mountainside and warm tropical seas make for a scenic, leisurely cruising. Charters tend to stay on the western Leeward side of the island, where excellent marinas and snug coves make for a comfortable trip as you explore the lush interior and the azure waters.
You can enjoy exciting excursions like scuba diving and snorkeling, as St. Lucia has some fascinating sites and some of the world’s best fishing. The abundant sea life includes whales, dolphins, leatherback turtles and a range of colorful reefs dotted along the coastline.
St. Lucia’s west coast is where you will find the island’s most beautiful beaches, including the lengthy panorama of Reduit and the southerly Anse Chastanet. The Ti Kaye Resort & Spa is not far from there, a resort you can visit by superyacht and step ashore for a luxurious spa treatment. Wellness is a top priority on the island of St. Lucia. Other spa options include the Rainforest Spa at Sugar Beach, located right between the Pitons and the Marigot Bay Spa Village. The latter is located in a beautiful bay, where the deep water turns from jade to gold as the sun sets and the sound of tree frogs and music ricochets across the water from Hurricane Hole – Marigot Bay’s best bar.
Onshore, you can also explore the island’s soaring volcanic peaks that hold a wealth of attractions: from sulphuric hot springs to waterfalls and even a drive-in bubbling volcano. St. Lucia is extremely fertile and nature abounds; you’ll find that freely-growing pineapples, sweet potatoes and bananas are commonplace.
For fine dining with a view of the Pitons, and St. Lucian chocolate from Emerald Estate, head to Jade Mountain – the luxury resort of architect Nick Troubetzkoy. The resort has a chocolate laboratory where you can see local chocolate transformed into fudge bars.
Wandering around the bustling markets is a morning well spent in the Marina Village of Marigot Bay, where there are also high-end jewelry and clothing selections.
Visit the delightful Pigeon Island off the west coast for serene lunches and relaxation on white-sand shores colored by lizards, tropical birds and mongoose, which call it home.
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