St. Lucia Ports of Entry
St Lucia has five (5) official port of entry: Rodney Bay Marina, Marigot Bay, Castries Harbour, Vieux Fort and Soufriere.
Castries & Ganter’s Bay
Castries and Vieux Fort are the main commercial marine ports in St Lucia. The island has several marinas and harbor catering to yachts and ferryboats from around the world. Services include repair and replenishment facilities, hardware shops, restaurants and the capital’s open-air market with vendor arcade near by.
When entering Castries Harbour, it is necessary to avoid the shoal that extends to the west of Tapion Peak. Vigie Hill has a lighthouse light that flashes twice every 10 seconds, allowing you to easily identify the harbour by night.
Castries Harbour does have Customs officials, but it is easier for yachtsmen to clear through Rodney Bay or Marigot. Officials insist that yachts entering the harbour come directly to the Customs’ dock (if there is no room, anchor east of the Customs buoy). It is wise not to ignore this directive as a fine could be incurred.
Ganter’s Bay in Castries, is a marina for yachts and sail boats; the Castries port has a recently renovated pier for the large ferryboats that come in regularly from Martinique. This bay also houses Point Seraphin, the stop off point for all cruise ships stopping through our beautiful port.
Marigot Bay: Marigot Bay, this completely sheltered anchorage is a breathtaking bay with a small marina, this is the anchor point for some chartered boats and catamarans; Also frequently used as a hurricane hole. Lies approximately one mile south of the Hess Oil depot at Cul de Sac Bay.
When entering Marigot Harbor, stay to the southern side of the channel. Anchor anywhere in the inner harbor (the holding is fair in soft mud), then make your way to Customs & Immigration. Marigot Harbour is an official port of entry.
Dock Facilities: The docks in the south east corner of the bay can accommodate yachts up to a 16ft draft, and have already seen yachts in excess of 160ft LOA using the facilities. Stern-to and alongside berthing available.
The docks themselves are managed by The Moorings with 60% of the berths designated specifically for visiting yachts. Rates start at US$0.62 per foot per day for yachts up to 100ft and US$1 per foot for yachts over 100ft. Water and electricity [110v / 220v - 50 amps] are available with a high-pressure re-fueling facility planned for early 2006.
The bay itself benefits from Customs and Immigration service’s giving it the status of an official Port of Entry, plus 24 hours security.
Rodney Bay Marina: Rodney Bay Marina is the largest yacht and sail boat marina of the island; it is also our own marina lagoon. Located in the north of the island of St. Lucia, the Rodney Bay Marina is situated in a well-sheltered lagoon making it safe and secure. A short dinghy ride from most exotic beaches and tourist spots on the island, the Marina is designed to provide for all the needs of travel-weary yachtsmen and far, far more!
Soufriere: Home of st Lucia’s famous twin peaks, the Pitons, Soufriere offers dramatic backdrops for visiting boats. While Soufriere itself is an official port of entry, anchorages can also be found at Anse Chastanet, just north of Soufriere Bay, and off the Hummingbird Beach Resort north of Soufriere town. The Soufriere Marine Management Area issues Coral Conservation Permits to all vessels anchoring within the management area. The cost of the permit depends on vessel size and length of stay.
Vieux Fort: This official port of entry offers a quiet, laid-back and authentically local venue for st Lucia yachting. Anchorages are off the town’s big ship dock, where Customs can be found, or beside the Fisheries Complex.
The town offers basic mechanical services, two well-assorted supermarkets/shopping malls and a great selection of fresh fruits, fish and vegetables on the Saturday market. A beautiful white sand beach with windsurfing and kite surfing stations is located nearby, as well as several restaurants, shops, and attractions.