How to spend seven nights sailing in St Lucia

With year-round sun and turquoise waters, the most stylish and relaxing way to explore the eastern Caribbean is by yacht charter. This seven-night itinerary takes in island culture, deserted beaches and thrilling volcanoes along the way.

By The Moorings
Published 10 Jun 2022, 18:00 BST
Yachts moor up in bays and harbours in the Caribbean.

Yachts moor up in bays and harbours in the Caribbean.

Photograph by The Moorings

With crescents of golden sand, dramatic forested peaks and vibrant Caribbean culture, it’s no wonder St Lucia has earnt the nickname The Jewel of the Windwards. Year-round warm trade winds and the turquoise allure of the calm Caribbean Sea make it a fantastic sailing destination, and a popular spot for yacht charters, which wind their way through the eastern Caribbean. A choice of skippered options (having a professional take charge of the sailing) and fully crewed with captain and gourmet chef on board means that even those who’ve never sailed before can kick back and relax in serious style, focusing on making memories while the expert crew take charge of organising the finer details, navigating and whipping up favourite meals as you glide through the eastern Caribbean.

Day one

St Lucia’s Pitons, two forested volcanic spires rising dramatically from the ocean on the island’s southwestern coast, form one of the Caribbean’s most distinctive skylines. Taking them in from the tranquil waters of the Caribbean Sea aboard a luxury chartered yacht, with a zingy rum punch in hand, is a unique and memorable way to appreciate these geological wonders. Afterwards, your skipper can sail you north to Soufriére to explore sandy beaches, marvel at the town’s higgledy-piggledy sweeps of bubblegum-pink, lime-green and duck-egg-blue wooden houses, or venture for a soak in the Sulphur Spring’s warm, mineral-rich waters.

Day two

Sailing south, through St Vincent and The Grenadines, enjoy sunrises at sea accompanied by gourmet feasts whipped up by the talented onboard chef, before stopping at Bequia, a tiny island in St Vincent and the Grenadines that punches above its weight when it comes to scenery. Walk barefoot across unspoilt white sands at Princess Margaret Beach, learn about the island’s boatbuilding traditions in Port Elizabeth, or sail to Friendship Bay — a mile-long stretch of pristine biscuit-hued sands on the south of the island. Come evening dine on lobster raviolo at acclaimed Bagatelle restaurant, or sip on soursop coladas at laid-back Jack’s Beach Bar.

Day three

A horseshoe-shaped clutch of five deserted islands where green sea turtles glide nonchalantly through crystal-clear lagoons and parrotfish nibble on vibrant corals, unfazed by swimmers, Tobago Cays is one of the most sensational snorkelling destinations in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Spend a day at this memorable spot, swimming alongside flurries of tropical fish and birdwatching on uninhabited islets. Make for World’s End Reef to watch spotted eagle rays and stingrays gliding through the blue, spot iguanas on a hike across Petit Rameau, then pick up the catch of the day from a local fisherman for a seafood supper prepared by the crew back on board.

A choice of a fully crewed sailing, with captain and gourmet chef on board, allows more time to relax and soak in the scenery.

Photograph by The Moorings

Day four

Sail onwards for a leisurely lunch on private island Petit Nevis, before heading to Mustique. Set on the northern tip of the Grenadines and fringed by pristine white sands, this 1,400-acre isle has long been a refined escape — and place of residence — for royalty and film stars. Let your crew arrange a dip at Macaroni Bay, a stunning bay fringed by the rolling Atlantic Ocean, only accessible by boat — a snorkelling jaunt in marine conservation area Gelliceaux Bay — or head into the hills for a guided hike, before cooling off with an unforgettable shoreline horse ride and then overnighting in Britannia Bay.

Day five

Next, sail on to striking St Vincent, home to lush rainforest, the 3,000ft La Soufrière volcano and an array of black-sand beaches. Get immersed in its natural beauty at Kingstown’s Botanical Gardens; wonder at breadfruit and nutmeg trees, towering palms and catch a glimpse of the multi-coloured St Vincent parrot. Or simply spend a leisurely afternoon cruising along the coast stopping at quiet bays and basking on St Vincent’s uncrowded, jet-hued sands before stopping in Keartons Bay for standup paddleboarding and rafting before returning on board to sample local cuisine crafted by the chef.

Day six

Chart a course for the western side of St Lucia, and have the crew drop anchor at Marigot Bay. Here, enjoy colour-popping views of the sloping green hills, peppered with red and white rooftops, which spill down into a sheltered, mangrove-lined bay. Browse for souvenirs at Marina Village’s boutiques and head on an underwater excursion with a local scuba diving outfit. In the evening, relax back on board with a glass of fizz in hand, while enjoying the vivid sunset.

Day seven

Round off your Caribbean getaway with a unique Martinique rum experience, heading north to experience the island’s famous rhum agricole — distilled from sugarcane juice — first hand. As well as exploring the golden sands of Grand Anse D’Arlet, the sparkling shoreline at La Pointe Marin and the vibrant markets of Fort de France with a private driver, you’ll go behind the scenes at some of Martinique’s world-renowned distilleries. Highlights include the Clément and the Neisson rum distilleries, where, as you sip, you’ll learn about the spirit’s historical importance and how terroir impacts the taste of this special drink.

The Moorings offers a seven-night crewed yacht experience in St Lucia from £3,039 per person.

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