Catamaran Charter Saint Lucia
Whether aboard a large luxury yacht charter with crew looking after your every need, or a bareboat charter sailing yacht, a catamaran charter St Lucia will allow you to enjoy the best of the Windward Island chain.
Saint Lucia is a major yachting centre in the Windward Island section of the eastern Caribbean Sea. With great resorts like Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay, as well as beaches on the West Coast such as Anse Chastanet, you will be spoiled for choice as to what best to do even before leaving the island to explore Martinique to the north or St Vincent and the Grenadines to the south.
St Lucia Destinations
Broadly the west coast, northern end of the island is where you'll spend much of your time on a St Lucia yacht charter. Rodney Bay Marina is a major yachting destination for people heading west from Europe by boat, and here you will have lots of fun in nearby Gros Islet or a bit of chill time on Pigeon Island national park.
Further south on the west coast is the deep cove of Marigot Bay. This is a hurricane hole in the summer months but is also a great place with its resort on the steep hillsides.
South again on your St Lucia boating trip you can come ashore at Anse Chastanet beach with its fantastic sunsets. Not far inland from here is the Toraille Waterfall, a great place to explore as part of the inland beauty of the island.
Vieux Fort is on the southern tip of Saint Lucia. Close to the international airport, you may spend time here before joining your charter yacht to the north, or spend the evening here before heading out to St Vincent and the Grenadines to the south.
Other Islands Nearby
On your St Lucia yacht charter it is almost the law that you should go island hopping! With so much to enjoy, you'd miss much in not going to see another Windward Island or two!
Immediately to the north of Rodney Bay on nearby Martinique is the water sports centre of Le Marin with its extremely large and well equipped marina. From here you could island hop north via Guadeloupe and Antigua on to St Kitts and Nevis in the Leeward Islands - another week afloat could take you to the Virgin Islands too... But looking south from St Lucia there is much to explore that is far closer.
Saint Vincent is the next island south. Hit by a volcanic eruption in recent times it is rebuilding its economy, with tourism a major source of foreign currency. Drop anchor at Wallilabou Bay anchorage with its fantastic resort that was also the main set for the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, a set that has been maintained by the resort owners.
On a St Lucia catamaran charter you can head further south still to destinations like Union Island or Tobago Cay with its fantastic snorkeling and fishing opportunities and to Admiralty Bay on Bequia - a large, well protected anchorage used for hundreds of years.
There is a lot to take in - in choosing a St Lucia catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat! Why not visit time and again to enjoy different parts?
Catamaran Charter Saint Lucia
A luxury yacht charter is one of the best ways to enjoy a St Lucia yacht charter holiday. With an often large vessel just for you and your fellow charter guests' use, on a crewed yacht charter the skipper and crew will look after your every need afloat. They will look after the tender as you venture ashore on islands like Le Marin and Tobago Cay, and perhaps make suggestions as to the best spots to enjoy a first class meal or activity of your choice.
On a bareboat charter catamaran charter you will have the space and added privacy to get the luxury yacht from A-B at your own pace.
St Lucia Catamaran Charter Types
Though you will often have to have a sailing license for a larger vessel, a bareboat charter will give you complete freedom and privacy to do what you want. Unlike a monohull sailing yacht, a catamaran charter yacht will often come with en suite heads in all the cabins, an AC generator and all the comforts of home as you captain your own ship.
A skippered catamaran charter can range from a 46ft+ catamaran. The skipper aboard will look after the sailing and make suggestions as to your next destinations, with you playing as much or as little a role in getting from A-B as you want. It is customary to pay a tip at the end of the trip, on top of the $100-$150 a day fee for the skipper you pay as well as the basic charter fee.
A crewed catamaran charter could mean a 60ft yacht with skipper and crew, but could also mean a superyacht or crewed yacht charter with a team of people looking after your every need. As well as sailing the vessel up the Leeward Islands or Windward Islands, they will cook, look after the housekeeping and water toys, and provide you with the service you expect at the top end of yacht charter holiday experiences.
Catamaran Types in St Lucia
Ranging from a 40ft yacht to much, much larger, this will be enjoyable to sail (particularly with the wind aft of the beam) and unlike a monohull sailboat will often have en suite heads in all the staterooms. You will have plenty of entertainment space aboard and even the smaller vessels will have room for water toys such as paddleboards and kite surfing gear or even diving gear and jet skis. If the windage of the catamaran sailing boat gets too much, powerful twin engines will be able to get you upwind to your next destination too!
Ranging from 46ft to over 100ft LOA, you can charter a luxury motor yacht catamaran with crew or bareboat. Thanks to the wider beam they are more stable than a monohull motor yacht (no one going green at sea unless too much drink was involved!) and much faster. This could allow for longer legs, perhaps between the party centre of Gros Islet and a relaxed anchorage like Admiralty Bay .
What can you do on a Catamaran charter in St Lucia?
There are three broad types of sailing holiday to be had in St Lucia - family, outdoor or party.
Partying can mean stays in fashionable spots like Le Marin or Marigot Bay, or it can mean something a little crazier at a beach bar with lots of rum punch!
Family holidays are the bread and butter of the Caribbean Island economy. You can relax in great places like Anse Chastanet or Vieux Fort on your catamaran yacht charter vacation.
Active holidays are increasingly popular here too. The Pitons beckon the mmountain biker or hiker! Snorkeling and diving are great in several locations, but so is walking and mountain biking. Saint Vincent is is great for exploring the inland jewels as are Tobago Cay for its beautiful reefs and Pigeon Island is a great place to escape the buzz of life ashore.
What does an average day on a St Lucia Yacht charter look like?
A catamaran charter boat charter on St Lucia can mean a variety of things to different people. The sailing is reliably excellent so a blast at sea every day will be a core part of the fun.
For the family or older ones, you can sail between hidden coves and quiet sandy beaches, while visiting fishing villages and quieter resorts.
You will want to sail for several hours a day - with the near perfect sailing conditions this is unmissable. Watching the marine life and tropical fish from the windward rail on a beam reach as the catamaran bounds across the sea will be an unforgettable experience.
Resorts such as Gros Islet and those on smaller islands in the Windward Islands can be alcohol fuelled or completely relaxed as you choose - with or without the kids in tow!
As such your typical day could be a mix of things, from an early start to blast off to the next island to waking up at lunchtime feeling a little green around the gills and thanking your crew for getting you back aboard. The choice is down to you.
Why Saint Lucia is superb for a Catamaran Charter
From its fashionable resorts, to jaw dropping scenery and perfect temperatures, a Saint Lucia catamaran charter holiday is something that cannot be missed. You can party the night away at one of the world renowned beach bars, chill on an almost empty beach and enjoy the world-class sailing to be had. A St Lucian yacht charter is one of those sailing holidays you will never forget!
Do You Need A Licence To Charter A Catamaran In St Lucia?
If you are on a skippered or crewed catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail on the Caribbean Sea - you can just turn up at the marina and go.
You do need a license if you are on a bareboat catamaran charter and in some countries a Day Skipper or ICC may not be enough for boats over 45 feet in length, you will need to check with the charter agent but here are some examples of typical sailing qualifications that will allow you to charter in most countries:
**International Certificate of Competence:** This is issued on request by your European sailing authority and you should automatically qualify with certain national sailing qualifications.
**RYA Qualifications:** If you have the following qualifications you will typically be able to take a bareboat charter out of Rhodes (but it is worth checking as per above), these include Day Skipper (sail or motor endorsement), Coastal Skipperor Yachtmaster.
**American** **Sailing** **Association (ASA):** The ASA 104 Bareboat certificate is commonly accepted but also check as per above
**US** **Sailing**: The International Proficiency Certificate is widely accepted and The Bareboat Cruising Certificate is also accepted in many cases.
Best Time to Book Your St Lucia Catamaran Yacht Charter
Unlike Europe, the sailing season in the Caribbean runs from November to May - perfect for a dose of winter sun. The NE Trades are settled and you will encounter weather between 25-35 degrees C.
Within this period, March and April after the winter northerlies have passed are cooler yet the sailing is just as fun as the rest of the year. St Lucia is after all a tropical country!
For those who want to try something a little outside their comfort zone, August and September are said to be the very best sailing months of all.
There's a problem with this - many yacht charter fleets will not be in the area thanks to hurricane season that runs between July and October. If booked and a hurricane is on its way your holiday will be cancelled. There is no minimising the danger of being in the region in a hurricane - there is no high ground and with the general trend for ever fiercer storms, it is not an experience to even risk being around for.
**North East Trade Winds**: Similar to those of the Canary Islands these are regular and can get up to F6 at times, but steady and predictable.
May to November is hurricane season, and while the sailing can be fun it can be dangerous. With climate change as it is, hurricanes have increased in ferocity and frequency, and it really isn't worth the risk.
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