Dockside at Rodney Bay Marina

On May 2nd, we sailed the forty or so miles south to St Lucia alternating between heavy downpours and light showers. We’d been at anchor for just about a month now, and we were feeling the need for some shore leave. We needed to get in some serious food shopping, and wanted to explore this island before heading further south.

Rodney Bay Marina
Rodney Bay Marina

 We knew that Rodney Bay Marina had floating docks, and plenty of availability, so we’d made advance reservations. When we called in from the harbor, it seemed quite a few other cruisers had the same idea as there was a long wait for a slip assignment and permission to enter the marina. Finally, our boat name was called, and we were directed to a slip on one of the outer docks where we soon had our lines secure, power turned on, and the boat squared away. It was muggy, rainy, and the AC was a welcome relief for a couple days.
Sparkle Laundry
Sparkle Laundry

One of the nice features about Rodney Bay Marina is boat-side services. Sparkle Laundry comes right to the boat, picks up your laundry. After wash, dry, and fold service, the clean goods are returned right to the boat even if you’re not on board. They catch up with you somewhere for the money. We would caution other cruisers about using dockside boat repair services unless you know and have experience with the individual. Workmen stop by all day long trying to convince you to use their services for washing, waxing, varnish, bottom cleaning – anything and everything you want. We used one such vendor after checking out his work; we made a big mistake in doing so. Later on down the line we discovered that other cruisers had also been beguiled and bedeviled by Vision’s craftiness. No one was happy with the quality of the work he performed, and his reputation will certainly precede him.  
Ocean Angel at Rodney Bay
Ocean Angel at Rodney Bay

Not far from the marina is a first class mall where most anything you might need for your daily living can be obtained at a very fair price. There’s an excellent grocery store and we found the best fruits, vegetables, and meat products to be had outside Puerto Rico. We were able to stock our larders for the balance of our travels. Since we were plugged into shore power, we could crank our freezer temp down, and all the perishable meat products were frozen rock solid.
There’s all kinds of clothing, hardware, electronics, cell phone stores – you name it. I got a fantastic haircut for 10 bucks. Joy found some neat items for the galley. A stop well worth making.  

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