Malgretoute is a spectacular anchorage just below one of two dramatic volcanic peaks, the Pitons, on St. Lucia. Cruisers are quickly greeted by locals in small skiffs, anxious to retrieve mooring balls and help take lines ashore from your stern — the best setup, due to stray trade-wind chop that wraps in from the windward side. Historically, St. Lucia was batted between France and England more than a dozen times, which left an interesting culture, including a French-based Creole language (I quickly learned a new local phrase: We a bon — “We’re all good, thanks”). The town of Soufrière is nearby, where you’ll find stores for provisioning. For a real experience of the island, go by local bus to the Soufrière sulfur springs, which I highly recommended as the ultimate way to de-stress after a long ocean crossing.
The picturesque anchorage at Malgretoute offers mooring balls and a walking trail into Soufrière.