Welcome to St. Lucia
12 March 2016
The arrival of family visitors to St. Lucia was the incentive that we needed to finally lift the anchor. The overnight journey took us back out into the Atlantic but this time the waves were on our side and it made for an unpleasant trip – wish I had taken the sea sickness tablets!
It was a great feeling to arrive in the famous Rodney Bay, a place that we had read about lots. Just as we arrived, the heavens opened and we looked like drowned rats as we chose our spot in the mile long bay.
We had a few days to spare before my sister, Audra, and her husband, Gavin, arrived and these were spent busily getting ready – laundry, provisioning and transforming a cabin into a bedroom for them. To do this, we decided to make life easier and went into Rodney Bay marina, from where it was an easy dinghy ride around the corner to the shopping malls and two big supermarkets. The marina is in a great location and has great facilities including a pool and chandlery. You can also complete your entry formalities into the country.
The photo above is a view looking down into Castries, the capital of the island and where all the cruise ships dock. There is a big produce market there that we plan to visit next time. Rodney Bay is just over the hill in the background.
Customs & Immigration cost EC$60
Marina cost EC$98.44 per night + water & electricity
Laundry – Suds Laundry in marina. Not a very good wash but having not done any since we left Mindelo, I was glad to get this job out of the way and it was very convenient.
Veggie guy came around the pontoon each night and charged EC$15 per bag of goods. Pricey but convenient.