Details for Rodney Bay Marina

Rodney Bay Marina

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Average rating 4.3 stars from 23 reviews

Address Gros Islet Highway Box 1538


After hours contact

VHF 16

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Rodney Bay Marine Store


Well-protected hurricane-safe haven.

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager

Paul Ash



Sean Devaux (Operations Manager)

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Duty-free fuel once you have cleared out. Carry your customs papers to recieve duty free fuel.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


An easy approach except at night when the vessels anchored in Rodney Bay make it a bit tricky. Radar or someone on the bow with a strong searchlight would be helpful. Most boats in Rodney Bay do not show anchor lights at night.





Tide & current additional info

Very little tidal movement.


Approach: 14
Transient dockage: 15
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info: In slip fueling available on the mega yacht dock for vessels with a draft over 8 feet, maximum draft is 14 feet.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - YES
Other - YES

Additional info: Walcon floating docks for vessels up to 80 feet. Fixed concrete docks for vessels over 80 feet and up to 275 feet.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 285
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Maximum beam has no limit. There are 32 berths over 100 feet. Maximum draft is 14 feet.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 253
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: 30
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: 30 moorings in the inner lagoon.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: 30 amp 120 Volts 50Hz and 60Hz. All others 220 volt to 440 volt.

Pricing info: Metered

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Individual meters for electricity and water.

Dinghy access

Yes - Dinghy dock near pool.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Liveaboards welcome.


Fuel brand: Duty free fuel is available for outgoing boats. The fuel dock is located across the harbor at the approximate location:
Latitude: 14.07809°N
Longitude: 060.94932°W

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Tax free gasoline available at XCD$2.39

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Tax free diesel available at XCD$2.27


Yes - Propane available at Suds Laundry (fills while you wait - June 2015).

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - Toilets and showers have wheelchair access.

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - In boatyard next to the fuel pumps. Small fee charged.




Yes - Dumpster at main gate.


Yes - Hot and cold showers for guests.




Yes - Laundry on site.


Yes - Small grocery store on site. Supermarket at mall which is in lagoon and can be reached by dinghy. Small dinghy dock nearby.


Yes - Island Water World on site. Hardware store across street.


Yes - 7 Restaurants on site. 2 snack bars. Major tourist area nearby with many restaurants and hotels. 1 new restaurant in the boatyard on the water, Brig Unicorn (End of J Dock).


Yes - 7 bars on site.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Several nearby.

Repair capabilities

Yes - On-site workshops for wood, fiberglass, aluminum, stainless steel and bronze.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 75 ton travel lift.

Storage facilities

Yes - Dry storage for up to 120 boats. New 75 ton travel lift and two 45 ton transporters.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Fishing supplies are available at Island Water World and KP Marine.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Deep sea fishing and whale-watching safaris, sailboat sightseeing, and barefoot or skippered yacht day trips.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi available in most snack bars. And free WiFi for boating guests staying at the marina.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Taxis available at main gate. Cheap local bus to Castries across the street. Rental cars available.

Other services

Sail loft. Customs and immigration on site. Most services are available nearby including mechanics, riggers, wine store. boutique. One of the few liferaft stations in eastern Carribean. Swimming pool.


Guided tours to Gros Piton and Petit Piton are easily arranged as well as tours to the interior rainforests.

Reviews for Rodney Bay Marina
VISION is THE guy to use! , 2016-08-03
Captain: , Jacksonville, Fl (30)

After a bad experience with another contractor here my vision of this Marina was restored by Vision. Many people have reviewed the marina these reviews are accurate. This place is great! One review however has suggested that one of the contractors (Vision) work is not up to par and worse. Our experience has been quite the opposite. Vision has spent his whole life working on boats and specializing in teak finishing. His work is excellent his spirit is light, he is a pleasure to have around. He works with his family. He is on time and worked hard to make our exit deadline despite the weather. Our experience with him has been nothing but professional. Washing off all the teak dust at night before leaving, keeping the boat clean, carefully taping off, even giving my wife fresh fruit one morning. We will post photos of him and his work on our blog this month so you can see him and his work first hand. This is our first review on AC and I felt the need to set the record straight! You can't go wrong with Vision. Check out our story and his work on this months blog

Very nice marina and staff, 2016-07-25
Captain: , Safety Harbor FL (794)

This was an unplanned stop to get shore power to equalize our batteries. After calling IGY on the VHF We were directed to our slip and greeted at to dock by one of the workers to assist with our lines and getting shore power connected. Nice floating docks, guard at the gate, several restaurants and shops including IWW for boat supplies on property. We walked to the grocery (to the right exiting marina) but it is closed for remodeling. Johnson hardware is across the street and has decent boat supplies. We will return!

Great weather protection and provisioning, 2016-06-03
Captain: , Newport (400)

We grabbed a marina mooring in the lagoon and stayed several days. This entitled us to the use of the showers and pool which did not look too clean so we declined to use it. The highlight of the spot was proximity to the best provisioning we have seen. In the mall there is a huge grocery store with anything you could want. Nice walk to Pigeon Island but of course one could ride also. Short walk to Reduit Beach and the bars/restaurants lining it.

First Rate marina and local service, 2016-04-20
Captain: , Texas (455)

The marina has very nice floating docks with wide berths. The services inside the marina are a little pricey i.e. laundry without the self service option, but the service was good. We had a very good experience with a local named John Anthony Leo and his son Johnny. They polished our hull and bright work for a reasonable rate and also provided a ride to the airport, farmers market and area grocery stores for a good price.

Great Service and Facilities as Expected from an IGY Marina, 2016-02-06
Captain: , Seattle (21031)

We found the staff here friendly, knowledgeable, and pampering. The facilities were well-maintained and clean, while the various amenities were plentiful. So why haven't we ranked it as 5-stars? It's due to the lack of detail (or attention) to security. We didn't experience a security issue, but one of our neighbors did. If you check with the Caribbean Safety and Security Net for current updates, you will find there have been quite a few incidents reported taking place here. (They can be found at:

St. Lucia as a whole seems to have a somewhat duo-personality. It is a destination for very well-healed vacationers and caters to them with some very high end resorts. Away from these resorts, however, not everyone is cashing in on this tourist bonanza. The manifistation of this is a palpable sense of hostility of some residents towards visitors. This is a shame, since the natural wonders of St. Lucia are spectacular to behold.

Our recommendation for visiting boaters is to utilize this Marina (or the one at Marigot Bay) as your staging point for guided activities to the rest of the island. And the island does offer many delights, from the famous twin Pitons (Gross and Petit) to hikes along the Rainforest trail or up Mt. Gimie. For the less adventurous (or energetic) there are many high end restaurants and bars all offering some fine cusine. We don't recommend any of the anchor sites away from the proximate areas of the marina.

The staff is aware of the security problem and seems to be attempting to solve the issue. If or when they do then we would give it a 5-star rating.

GReat place for everything except workers on dock, 2015-07-11
Captain: , Kemah, Texas (65)

We stayed for a week and loved the restaurants, stores, bars and marine store! Liked trying all the different places and great happy hours with fellow cruisers and meeting people who are chartering. Perfect security, even opens the gate for you every time! Very easy to dinghy around, can go across the mooring lagoon to a dock a few feet from the main mall area, or take a bus ride to the malls, easy dinghy ride to the bay for swimming and Spinnaker's restaurant/bar (they let you pull your dinghy on the beach if it isn't crowded when a cruise ship is in port). Everyone is so nice it makes you want to stay. Some islands just have a happier, more polite atmosphere and this whole area is great. The Thai restaurant has some of the best curry I have had. I had to get it twice. Had to buy two 8D batteries and a start battery at the large onsite chandlery, and the prices were the same as West Marine back in the states, and they were delivered to my boat and he helped carry them below. The fort is a great trip, one of the best I have seen, and again you can dinghy to their dock. They have a restaurant/bar there which was really cool to stop at after your hiking around. The view from the top of the hills is fantastic. We snorkeled around the fort's dock and the jettys and it was OK for something so close and easy to get to. Get there by 10 am, because when the Sandals Resort groups show up, they stir everything up.

However, watch out for a gentleman called Vision, and his co-worker Meshana. I hired them to do some stripping and varnishing. They were not cheap, and in the end they charged me another 200 EC for materials which they had no reciept for, and which were never evident during the work. They also left the boat with mismatched colors on the teak, rough finish, and varnish is everywhere on the fiberglass. They thinned my varnish too much to make it last so they wouldn't have to buy more with the money I gave them for it. I trusted them with laundry at the same time, and it came back missing pieces, but Meshana brought them the next day before I had to ask for them so that may have been an honest mistake. But the varnish work was shabby and seemed dishonest to me. Vision smiles and says not to worry about anything, but in the end, look out.

Nice stay in flat water, 2015-05-22
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (83)

We enjoyed a week of flat water in the lagoon on a IGY mooring, its muddy but, no waves. We called the marina on the way in and they kindly assisted us hooking up the mooring. There is little slack in the mooring, just a big shackle, with little chain; near impossible to reach from your deck. For the mooring fee, $20EC, you get wifi and showers. Our lunch at Bosun's was excellent and the meat from Crown Foods was the best we have found anywhere.
We also took the opportunity to visit the dentist there for routine prophylactic care, Dr Kent Glace, he and his staff are excellent, we will stop there on our way north in the next 6mos. Very nice to get that level of service without severe damage to the cruising kitty.
Easy to get fuel and water here, as well as, clear in or out and the marina staff is very helpful and friendly plus, a real dinghy dock.

Could be a good boat yard but they cracked our hull., 2015-03-26
Captain: , Meridian, ID (488)

First the good. They have a nice marina with lots of services, food grocery and hardware is all there. Customs was easy. Restaurants on site were great.
Now the bad. Based on some good reviews we decided to have our boat hauled and bottom painted. We have hauled our boat 5 times in the previous 3 years. Each time pulling the boat under the lift and letting the yard take over. The only instruction we provided was that the stabilizer fins are under the exhaust ports. Based on past experience a good yard knows how to lift a boat so we thought it could be handled in our absence. We were wrong. Our mistake in making that decision. We had a good local captain move the boat over and the yard lifted it. They placed the straps much to far forward causing most of the weight to fall on the rear straps placed between stringers. The boat is a 1984 Cheoy 66 Lee Long Range cruiser. A 55%u2019 sister ship has circumnavigated. It is not a poorly designed or built. We have cruised her 8000 miles. When they lifted it the hull cracked from putting most of the weight on only the rear straps. During the repair no evidence of previous repair of damage was found. Later lifting with the straps further back was fine. I noted at relaunch the lift showed even weight between front and back straps. While I have never owned a boat lift I do not understand why they tried to lift it up so far forward. %u201CBecause the engines are forward %u201C was the response. But if you look at the hull shape you can clearly see where the fat (heavy) back of the boat is and skinny (light) front is.
More details.
The many layers of bottom paint needed to be removed. Rather then use the onsite media blaster they ground the layers off with a grinders. Some areas were done well. Others had lots of gouges and needed additional fairing.This was not done until I pointed it out after arriving onsite with the epoxy coating already on. The epoxy coat had lots of drips that need extra work sanding smooth again. They did not tape the boot stripe and got epoxy on it. Their solution was to have a guy sand at it for half a day. When that did not work they offered to paint it if I paid for the paint. They mixed too much and wasted half a quart paint. They rolled the paint on and it looked worse then before. I finally fired them and had a capable contractor repaint the boot stripe at my additional expense.

To get the boat back in the water I had to stay onsite for 3 weeks babysitting them. I got to know others in the yard some similarly frustrated after being stuck in the yard for months. At the end I fired them and had a contractor fix the the paint problem that could have been avoided by using a few dollars of tape.
The management%u2019s response to all of the issues was %u201CHere is the bill for all repairs including cracking your hull and if it helps you can have a free week at the marina.%u201D

Pleasantly Surprised, 2015-03-01
Captain: , New Bern NC (120)

We were very pleased to see this beautiful IGY Marina this far down the island chain. The slips are very wide for a monohull, several nice grocery stores close to the marina (we took the bus or cab back), a good selection of restaurants, laundry and LP dockside pickup, a nice beach, and a mall!!! what more could you want.

The daily slip fee for us was less than $30 US for a week stay. Although we did not use them, the showers looked very nice.

A permanent slip holder told me there was a total change in security in December 2014. The security guard advised me they are working very diligently to eliminate any security issues. I felt very comfortable in the marina and in the town. Definitely on the "visit again" list.

Nice facilities, but a little pricey, 2014-04-15
Captain: , Apollo Beach, FL (928)

We stayed here for 4 nights, they had a buy 2 get 1 free deal, so the overall cost was reasonable. The Dockmaster was excellent and even pointed out 2 other Manta catamarans that were based there. Check in was easy because I had used SailClear. They printed 4 copies, I signed them, and that was it. Shopping was pretty good, but everything seemed a little expensive. Used the local laundry service. It was fast and well done, but about $20US per load. We wanted to top off our water before leaving, but the city cannot meet the demand, so water pressure can go to zero. We did have several very persistent sales people wanting to clean our boat, but they finally backed off. The "produce boat" had a good choice of produce and wasn't pushy. Marina wi-fi was a little weak and intermittent. We usually eat aboard the boat, but we had a delicious lamb burger at the restaurant and enjoyed a banana split one hot afternoon.

Nice Docks but Wifi, Bathrooms, Elec. and Security an issue, 2014-02-11
Captain: , Stuart, FL (416)

Really nice modern dock and a good staff. Really POOR wifi. 0.3 MB/S even during off hour, unacceptables. Elec is 0.75 per KWH so you electric bill can be more than you dock and water fees if you run A/C. Showers are really bad with almost no water pressure and a drug dealer was in the actual shower room itself soliciting guys in towels. He had the code for the rest room, so security is an issue. Also, anyone can get in the Marina. The gate is coded but it's never locked that I can tell. Last issue, sent 8 e-mail and only got two responses when trying to reserve. This could easily be a five star but IGY needs to do a better job.

Convenient & Great Place to Clean Up, 2013-06-08
Captain: , Portland, OR (30)

We bought our boat from a private party here; where it "lived" in Rodney Bay Lagoon for 15 months. We then spent about a month there and in Rodney Bay fixing it up before cruising.

Rodney Bay Lagoon is a great hurricane hole and they offer attractive long term and off season rates, though you might need to know to ask for them.

Whatever you need to get your boat going is accessible, though often for a price. Boat boys are a bit aggressive and not neccessarily as good a deal as they seem to be.

We LOVED the air conditioned bathrooms and showers, the pool at Oceans Club, great internet options. The liveaboards and ex-pat locals (very active sailing club) gave us a welcome beginning to cruising life.

Downsides? Lots of growth in this mucky lagoon. Bad place to replace a dinghy. Theft/mischef is an issue in Gros Inlet (someone launched our unlocked dinghy into the Bay from Gros Inlet beach).

Dropping hook in Rodney Bay is an easy shift, with good holding, lots of room and nicer water.

Good marina, affordable, 2013-05-25
Captain: , East Greenwich, RI (465)

This is a well run marina that seems a good value for the money. It is clean and well kept, with decent facilities and much nearby.

Our only minor complaint is that the shore power on our dock dropped out a couple of times, even at night they were responsive and got an electrician in to sort it. On the whole it is a very nice facility, and one of the lowest price we've seen in the Caribbean.

WiFi stinks, 2013-04-12
Captain: , Shorewood WI (244)

The other reviews capture the nature of this very nice marina. We had no problems with electric or water. But the Internet on the docks is truely horrible. Carrying a laptop to shore and using the resturant internets was much better but a PIA

Good Value, 2013-03-07
Captain: , Kingston, Ontario, Canada (546)

We stayed at this IGY marina for nearly 5 weeks, on the monthly rate. Although the power went out a couple of times and the water pressure was weak during the day - we enjoyed our stay at this marina. We don't often stay at marinas but found the facilities clean, and functionable. The Internet was good, most of the time. I'd recommend calling Sparkle Laundry on Channel 16 to do your laundry, better than the in-house Suds Laundry. Well situated as well.

Great Marina, 2012-11-30
Captain: , Washington, DC (840)

Have to agree with the other postings IGY Rodney Bay is a very nice marina. On site check in was painless and the marina rates are reasonable. Most everything you need can be found on site or at the shopping centers nearby. In a week%u2019s stay it is hard to hit all of the onsite restaurants. There was always onsite security, but there also seemed to be a few people watching the coming and goings of the boaters. We always locked up tight.

Second visit: After 5 months in Grenada hiding from hurricanes, we were a little rusty at %u201Cdock roping,%u201D but the dock hands guided us in smoothly. Most everything looked the same as our last visit with the exception of the Internet %u2013 it sucked. Seems Rodney Bay had gone to Beacon WiFI. Us and other boaters on F-dock found it to be erratic and mostly unusable. Complaints to marina staff went unanswered.

Really Nice Marina!, 2012-06-06
Captain: , Baltimore (317)

We stayed here at the beginning of June. Price was .70 USd a foot, + garbage fee $1 + water fee $10 up to 50 gallons (Optional). They have really nice floating docs, it is very calm even though the wind was blowing 20+ knots. Nice pool. Internet was a little on the slow but far from bad. We used Herby (758-384-3604) and Roger (284-6050) to repair issues with our outboard (basically some welding and repair to the entire cooling system). They did a good quick job for a very reasonable rate. They were recommended by a couple of other cruisiers that are somewhat local and the guys can be found around the marina. Overall, our stay here was great. Also, Ian who runs the Island Water World on the premise was very helpful as well.

Also, a great thing to do is go to Pigeon Island and hike up to the top. You can take the dinghy to their dinghy dock, grab a bus or walk about 2.5 miles. The park fee is $5 US per person. There is a great reasonably priced restaurant on the water.

Very Good Marina and Boat Yard, 2012-02-08
Captain: , Delray Beach, FL (327)

Epitomizes the hospitality of St Lucia. Nice facility with good bars and restaurants. Very good boatyard.

Excellent marina, 2011-12-20
Captain: , Clearwater FL (685)

Very well protected marina. Many amenities available on the marina grounds: Coffee shop, ice cream, several restaurants and bars, boat supplies, LP gas, and many more. You can ck in and out next to marina office. Water was 10c/ gal, minimum 100 gal. Electric can be expensive if you use A/C etc all day, but dock fees $1/ft. Take the %u201Cbus%u201D to town, $1 per person. The %u201Cbus%u201D is a big van that holds aprox 10 people, and much cheaper than a taxi.
Several big shopping areas a short ride from marina including two big grocery stores.

Update: Stayed here again & disappointed to find no water then low water pressure for the duration of our stay. Wifi was non-existent or intermittent and extremely slow if at all. Staff told us these issues occur when the marina gets fuller with boats...they & the city can't handle the capacity. Message: Call ahead & find out how full they are if you want water and/or wifi - which we did after being underway for awhile. They were at about 60% when we were there. Otherwise, great place.

Rodney Bay Marina, 2011-04-05
Captain: , Hamburg (1494)

Excellent marina, nice Dockmasters good services.

Excellent IGY facility, 2010-12-09
Captain: , Road Town (450)

An excellent marina with most services available, including Island Water World and Regis Electronics, are on-site. Customs/immigration are also on-site.
Big boat docks are all new. Remaining docks are in very good condition.
Facility includes IGY Rodney Bay Boatyard with a 75 MT travelift.

Excellent and very reasonable prices, 2010-11-18
Captain: , London (61)

The marina has just about everything you need, including a large Island Water World chandlery. The charges were very reasonable and the staff helpful. The one drawback is that it is a very sheltered location and so does not have the cooling breeze you get out in the bay.

Note that even though there was a water rationing system in place during spring 2010, they made water available for boats as and when it was turned on - this was contrary to the reports we had prior to arriving in St Lucia. Unfortunately the water does not taste nice.

Rodney Bay Marina, 2009-11-07
Captain: , Toronto (218)

An excellent marina with most services available on site or nearby. Nice fresh water pool. Wonderfull sandy beach just outside the lagoon in Rodney Bay. This is an official port of entry. Prices are moderate

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