With its iconic twin peaks — the Pitons — erupting half a mile straight up from aquamarine waters, you might mistake St. Lucia for a South Pacific island. A former British colony and one of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, St. Lucia is tucked between Martinique and St. Vincent.
This small, lush, unspoiled tropical gem is a perfect sailing destination. The island’s roots are a blend of British and French, with control of the island passing between the two so often that the island’s nickname became “Helen” — after Helen of Troy. Though, most of the place names remain French.
St. Lucia’s windy conditions and exposure to Atlantic swells can be challenging, but it also has many sheltered bays and harbors so there is plenty of line-of-sight sailing to be had. In addition to sailing, St. Lucia is still a diving paradise. Below the sea are forests of coral trees, barrel and vase sponges, and lace coral too.