Cruising World - - Under Way - —Tor John­son

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.

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