St Lucia Travel Guide

St Lucia FlagArawak Indians first arrived on St Lucia around 200-400AD and the Caribs gradually replaced them around 800-1000AD.

The British failed in their first attempts at colonization so St Lucia was settled by the French by signing a treaty with the local Caribs in 1660. Over the next two centuries St Lucia changed hands a dozen or so times between the French and British, as both wanted the fertile land for sugar plantations. The British gained final control over St Lucia in 1814 with the end of the Napoleonic Wars and slavery was abolished in 1836.

St Lucia followed the path to independence that all the former British East Caribbean colonies did and achieved it on February 22, 1979.

Helpful Info
Population – 178,000
Money – shares the Eastern Caribbean dollar with 5 other countries and 2 British islands (pegged at $1 = EC$2.70)
Language – English
Religion – 89.3% Christian (61.5% Catholic from the French)
When to go – Dec-June is most popular. Summer is nice also, but a little hotter and more humid. Hurricanes most active Aug-Oct.
World Heritage Sites – 1 – Pitons Management Area
Country formed – Independence from United Kingdom on 22 Feb 1979

My Visit

I first sailed to St Lucia in the summer of 2018 where I met a friend from Britain (very good flights into St Lucia). We spent a week sailing down the leeward coast and loved ever minute of it. I will be returning in 2019 and 20 since it is a great place for a week long charter.

Likes, Dislikes, and Recommendations

St Lucia has just about everything you want in a week long charter or cruise down its coast. In the north, Rodney Bay is a great bay with beaches, protected lagoon, and services. Plus, there is an awesome historic fort out on Pigeon Island. Make sure to have Gregory “The Fruit Guy” stop by with his produce. As you move down the island you will find wonderful fishing villages you can anchor off off that provide great snorkeling and amazing hikes into the interior with waterfall galore. But the highlight of any trip to St Lucia is the town of Soufriere and the Pitons. You will find a World Heritage Site here, a wonderful town, several anchorages, and unbelievable vistas as you look up the impossibly steep mountains.

I would remiss if I did not warn you that you definitely want to lock your dinghy up and don’t sleep with an open companion way due to security issues. The other bit of advice I have for you is to simply check out at Soufriere when heading south. You can cruise the lower third of the island, but I did not find much to do and it is to windward. Plus, once I got to Vieux Fort to check out I had to go between the airport and the port, making the process complex.

To get even more helpful hints check out my blog posts for St Lucia below. Also, I will be working on a travel video for St Lucia soon.

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