6 Saint Lucia Beaches You Have To Visit!

There is so much that makes Saint Lucia a unique holiday destination: the world’s only drive-on volcano, unspoilt rainforest and some of the best scuba diving in the region!

Her famous Pitons are a UNESCO World Heritage site and have been named as one of the world’s top five must-see spectacles, while her dramatic land and seascapes continue to provide ideal settings for films and reality shows.

But the jewel(s) in her crown are the romantic beaches of both brown and white sand, some of which are only accessible by boat! Here are six beautiful Saint Lucia beaches we think just can’t be missed!

For sophistication: Marigot Bay

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Head south through the Cul-de-Sac Valley, with its endless banana plantations, and toward the Roseau Valley and you will come to Marigot Bay, one of the most secure anchorages in the Caribbean. Here you will find an oasis of calm, with a wide range of sophisticated accommodation, bars and restaurants, and both water and land-based vacation activities. The beach itself is located across the bay from the access road, so a ferry or water taxi is needed to reach it.

Described by American Novelist, James A. Michener, as “the Most Beautiful Bay in The Caribbean”, Marigot Bay was the setting for the movie Doctor Doolittle – the original film starring Rex Harrison. Considered an up-market and exclusive destination, the Bay has been a favourite Caribbean yachting destination for over 50 years – with a marina and berthing and service facilities to support nearly every type of yacht.

The beach itself is quite small but makes up for this with its serene atmosphere and picture-perfect image: the water is clear, extremely calm and pleasantly shallow for quite a distance out, while the brilliant white sand is lined with coconut palms. Should you tire of this view, a variety of activities are available, including scuba diving and deep sea fishing, hiking trails and birdwatching, spas and exercise classes, as well as excursions by boat or taxi.

For something different: Anse La Raye

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The fishing village of Anse-la-Raye, situated in a cove at the foot of steep hills, is blessed with freshwater from two rivers that end their course in the bay.

This picturesque beach, usually decorated with colourful traditional fishing boats, is great for relaxing and watching the local fishermen conduct their trade. For the divers, it is known as one of the finest wall and drift dives in Saint Lucia. All amenities can be found around the beachfront.

Last but not least, the Friday night fish fry is the ‘not to be missed’ event in the area. The fish fry first started a decade ago. Local seafood remains the staple of the fry, with everything from King Lobster to delicious Red Snapper on the menu. And yes, rum is still available, in addition to some lovely cold beers! Live music is still a big part of the event, with the calypso rhythms being played out all night.

For kitesurfing and plane-spotting: Anse des Sables

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On the eastern side of the Moule-a-Chique peninsula, Anse de Sables (“sandy beach”) is exposed to the fresh and reliable trade winds that it faces — a fact that has made it popular for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Windsurf boards can be rented on this beach and there’s an excellent beach cafe called ‘The Reef’ where you can purchase food and drinks. This is a must-visit for any wind- or kitesurfing enthusiast.

Though windy, the beach is protected by reefs and the wide open bay is entirely sandy underfoot, making it one of the finest and longest beaches on the island. The beach is conveniently close to the town of Vieux Fort, and all amenities are available, with many establishments in close proximity.

You cannot fail to notice the Hewanorra International Airport, which sits like a lid on top of the funnel created by the mainland and the peninsula. In common with other volcanic islands, Saint Lucia has precious little flat ground on which to land aeroplanes. Hewanorra is the larger of two airports, with the George F.L. Charles Airport located in the north near the capital.

For variety: Pigeon Island

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Even without its beaches, Pigeon Island National Park would be a must-see attraction. There are two small strips of beach located inside the park (entry fee required) and a large, more popular beach outside it. The beaches have calm and clear waters that offer a good opportunity for various activities, such as swimming and snorkelling. The south beach waters are very calm and perfectly suited for small children. In comparison, the north beach is usually beaten by the waves.

There are lounge chairs and snorkelling equipment for rent on the beaches, and just before the entrance gate to the park there are shacks located on the left where locals sell food and drinks. Inside the park are public bathrooms and accessible showers, and parking is available just outside it.

For fun and activity: Reduit Beach

This is the most popular beach in Saint Lucia, among both locals and tourists. Long stretches of white sand and calm waters, combined with a host of activities, the close proximity of various amenities and plenty of parking, make this a good attraction for the whole family. The beach is easily accessed via the Reduit Beach Avenue, found by turning left off the Castries-Gros Islet Highway from the direction of the capital, before you get into Rodney Bay proper. Just off the Highway you will find not one, but two shopping malls – Baywalk and JQ’s.

Located right on the beach are the Saint Lucian by Rex and the Royal by Rex resorts, both of which provide water sports equipment and lounge chairs for rent. There are no public facilities, such as bathrooms or showers, to rinse off.

Activities on offer include jet skis, parasailing, water skiing and more. With all the marine traffic, a snorkeler must be diligent about safety, and the south side of the beach is generally less busy. This area offers a great underwater experience and is especially convenient for those keen snorkelers who may be traveling with others more interested in what’s above the water.

And for the time-pressed cruise passenger: Choc Beach

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This gorgeous stretch of white sand is lined with majestic coconut palms that offer small oases of respite from the blazing tropical sun. The smooth blue waters are peaceful and great for swimming and snorkelling, and the picturesque Rat Island lies just off shore. It is easily accessible from the Castries-Gros Islet Highway, which runs almost parallel with the southern half, but the northern part of the beach is quieter, being as it is further away from the hustle and bustle of daily traffic.

Sandals Halcyon Resort and Villa Beach Cottages are located on the southern end of the Choc Bay (the Sandals Pier Restaurant is shown in the picture on the previous page) and the Wharf restaurant is conveniently positioned right in the middle. Water sports equipment is available for rent, but loungers are not. Although there are no public bathrooms on the beach, it is relatively close to Gablewoods Shopping Mall. An eight-theatre multiplex is located further up the highway, should the sun and heat become too much!

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Plan ahead by reading it in the departure lounge or on the plane, or take each day as it comes – the choice is yours. With maps, addresses and contact information for many of the island’s tour guides and activity providers, your only challenge will be deciding which of her many wonders to leave until next time!

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