Rodney Bay Marina — St. Lucia
Written by Olivia Schleicher
The Caribbean Island of St. Lucia is home to the volcanic Pitons Mountains, unforgettable scuba diving and turquoise-blue water. Located in a well-protected stretch along its northwest tip is Island Global Yachting’s Rodney Bay Marina.
When yachts arrive at the 253-slip marina, guests are instantly greeted by a welcoming staff eager to help secure lines and hook-ups. simon Bryan, general manager, notes: “The staff at Rodney Bay Marina is fully focused on ensuring the highest levels of customer care.” The facility can accommodate vessels up to 285 feet and is monitored by 24-hour security. The full-service shipyard has a 75-ton travel lift and high-speed fuel dock, and the property offers newly renovated laundry and shower facilities, plus free WiFi.
As an added bonus, the customs and immigration office is conveniently located on-site, so the arrival process is seamless. Once you are situated, you can immediately start relaxing with a poolside cocktail. Next, satisfy your palate at one of the many on-site restaurants, including the new world-class Rituals Sushi as well as Elena’s Pizza, known for its authentic thin-crust pies. Bread Basket Cafe is the perfect spot for lunch and a cup of homemade bouillon.
Rodney Bay Marina is in walking distance to several other restaurants such as Brig Unicorn, Elegance Cafe, Boardwalk Bar and Cafe Olé. Local boutiques, provisioning shops, a bank, cinemas, car rentals, night clubs, spas, dry cleaners and The Cap Estate Golf Course are just a quick stroll away.
Looking for an adventure? Stop by Tropical Discoveries, which organizes an array of explorations around the island including scuba diving, snorkeling and whale-watching tours. Care to stay on land? Go zip-lining in the rainforest, hike up Pigeon Island or head to the top Petite and Gros Piton for stunning Caribbean views.
The many festivals on the island include the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival (April 30 to May 10, 2015), and the St. Lucia Carnival (all summer long). Each December, Rodney Bay Marina also hosts the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, an annual transatlantic sailing that begins in the Canary Islands and ends in St. Lucia.
“Rodney Bay Marina continues to be one of the finest yachting destinations in the southern Caribbean,” says Simon Bryan. “We are constantly striving to improve, and we place a great deal of value in providing a safe and secure destination that can be enjoyed by all.” Rodney Bay Marina is truly a boater’s home away from home and the perfect destination to escape for the winter months.