Sun, sea, and spectacular views are what await you on St. Lucia. This Caribbean paradise is known for its enclaves formed by the mountainous shoreline, creating picturesque beaches with views for days. The coastlines is pristine with multiple sandy beaches bordering crystal clear water in all shapes and sizes offering something for every kind of traveler. So, whether you are looking for something vibrant, private, or untouched, have a look at these 7 best beaches of St. Lucia, including world-famous Sugar Beach and Reduit Beach. We’ve also included another 8 more St Lucia beaches off the beaten path that are worth exploring.
7 Best Beaches in St. Lucia
St. Lucia is made for beach lovers with something for everyone. The best beaches in St Lucia are on the Western side of the island, facing the Caribbean Sea with both a sandy beach and calm waters. Some of the best beaches on Saint Lucia are only accessible by four wheel drive or by water taxi.
Although all of the beaches in St Lucia are for public enjoyment, some of the hotels and resorts are less than welcoming about non-guests wandering onto their bit of St. Lucia beach. Most of the St. Lucia beaches are set against an idyllic backdrop of green hills and lush vegetation.
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St Lucia Reduit Beach
Both locals and tourists alike revel in the beauty of Reduit beach on St. Lucia’s north-western coast. Enjoy unparalleled views of Pigeon Island from under a vibrant beach umbrella and take a dip in the crystal clear waters to cool off from the sun. Reduit Beach has easy access from many hotels as well as a parking lot.
If you are up for some physical adventure, head over to Splash Island Water Park, an inflatable obstacle course floating on the northern side of Reduit Beach St Lucia. There are lots of other options for water sports as well like SUP and kayaking.
One of the most popular beaches in Saint Lucia, Reduit Beach stretches for 5 miles of golden sand. The beach is located at the very north-eastern edge near the opening for Rodney Bay Marina. Although located in the Lucian town of Gros Islet, Reduit Beach is part of the tourist haven of Rodney Bay Village.
Close to the beach is a string of restaurants and beach bars. You can even embark on a relaxing cruise of the bay and look at St Lucia Reduit Beach from a different vantage point.
Pigeon Island Beach St. Lucia
One of the Saint Lucia beaches with the most interesting history, Pigeon Island beach is located on Pigeon Island National Park. The whole Pigeon Island used to be separate from the land before it became a national landmark.
In 1972, a manmade causeway connected Pigeon Island to the mainland. One of the three Sandals Resorts on St Lucia, the Grande St. Lucian Resort, occupies a large section of the causeway.
The national park stretches over 44-acres where you can explore much of the island’s history and culture all while enjoying beautiful Pigeon Beach St Lucia.
On Pigeon Island beach, St Lucia never feels too crowded. There are sublime snorkeling opportunities right off the shore of Pigeon Island beach. If you are in the mood for exploring, bring your hiking shoes to the beach and take a walk up to Fort Rodney for some history and a great viewpoint.
Anse Cochon St. Lucia
On the central west coast of the island, South of Marigot Bay, Anse Cochon beach is another of St. Lucia’s secluded beaches where the jagged coastline has created a perfectly secluded cove. Plenty of local vendors are around Anse Cochon to provide authentic Caribbean dishes and drinks, too.
The exceptionally clear water is perfect for snorkeling and many visitors enjoy views of this beach from a catamaran. Anse Cochon is also one of the best diving spots on St. Lucia with a purpose-sunk wreck creating an artificial reef.
The hidden nature and untouched surroundings of Anse Cochon make this one of the best beaches on St Lucia.
Anse Chastenet Beach and Anse Mamin Beach
Two beaches for the price of one, what more could you want? Anse Chastenet beach and Anse Mamin beach are connected by a coastal walkway and are both only about ¼ mile long. But what they lack in size they more than make up for in beauty and tranquility. You can also get to Anse Mamin beach directly by water taxi from Soufriere.
At Anse Chastenet and Anse Mamin you will see black sandy areas where the island’s volcanic roots have surfaced (similar to the black sand beaches of Tenerife!).
In contrast to the clear waters and vivid green palm trees lining the shore, the coral reef is a sight to behold. The coral reef is bursting with tropical fish and the drop-off is known to be a frequent hiding spot for sea turtles.
Anse Chastenet beach is part of a private resort complex – Jade Mountain Resort and its sister establishment, Anse Chastenet Resort. You can pay for entrance to this black sand beach or enjoy it for free when staying at the resort.
The Anse Chastenet reef has excellent snorkelling contained in a roped off marine reserve area. If you are staying at the resorts, you can get boat rides to deeper waters.
Sugar Beach Saint Lucia and Anse des Pitons
World-famous Sugar Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Saint Lucia. Viceroy Resort controls access to Sugar Beach in St. Lucia. Also referred to as Jalousie Beach in honor of the Jalousie Plantation that used to stand where Sugar Beach Resort is, this stretch of powdery white sand is a slice of heaven for both sun-bathers and snorkelers.
Similar to Anse Mamin and Anse Chastenet beach, Anse des Pitons is reached on road via Sugar Beach Saint Lucia. Nearby resorts, Ladera Beach and Rabot Estate/Hotel Chocolate offer shuttle bus service as well. Alternatively, you can reach this St Lucia beach via boat from Soufriere or elsewhere on the island.
At the base of the Pitons, there is a 1,800-foot drop where marine life flourishes, and divers can explore one of the richest biospheres on the island. Brilliant hues surround you as fish of all shapes and sizes dance amongst the coral. You can also enjoy the surface of the water with a kayak or paddleboard or hop on a jet ski for something a bit more exhilarating.
From here you can enjoy the uninterrupted views of the spectacular Gros and Petit Piton mountains. Although it’s hard to tell by looking at it, there is actually 3 miles separating the towering Pitons. If you’re looking for a beach that is both beautiful and secluded, this is it.
More Beaches on St Lucia
There are plenty of other St Lucia beaches as one would expect from a Caribbean island with lots of secluded coves.
Marigot Bay is a small but popular beach located between Anse Le Raye and Castries. You can only access Marigot Bay Beach by a small ferry. Small and secluded, Marigot Bay has been featured in many Hollywood films, including Pirates of the Caribbean.
The beach at Anse La Raye is the face of a charming fishing village. Anse La Raye is famous for the Friday Fish Fry evenings that are no longer happening thanks to the pandemic.
Glittering Sands Beach is also near Anse Le Raye beach. We were told Glittering Sands is a great beach if there are other people around (it’s popular as a cruise ship excursion beach). On your own though, Glittering Sands can be a bit isolated and unsafe.
Sandals Regency La Toc is perfectly situated for La Toc Beach. This Saint Lucia beach on the outskirts of the capitol, Castries, is about a half-mile long. This soft sand at this St Lucia beach makes it a great family-friendly beach (even though Sandals Regency is an adults-only property). Although the water looks calm, watch out for strong undercurrents.
Vigie Beach is a beautiful beach near the capital of Castries running pretty much alongside the runway to the smaller of the island’s two airports.
Most of the cruise ships come into Castries with its deep dock. Vigie Beach is an easy-to-reach beach with direct access onto the beach.
Stretching for over a mile along the southern coastline, Anse de Sables in Vieux Fort is one of the longest of the St. Lucia beaches. Anse de Sables is great for water sports. You can rent equipment for SUP, windsurfing, kitesurfing and kayaking from The Reef Beach Cafe.
Cas en Bas is a popular beach on the North Eastern side of the island which faces the Atlantic. Set in a secluded cove near Cap Estate, Cas en Bas is popular with people who want to windsurf. It is also a popular place to go horseback riding on the beach or for a long quiet stroll.
Also on the North Eastern side of the island, Grande Anse Beach is a quiet and remote beach. Like Anse Chastenet, you will need a four-wheel drive to access Grande Anse Beach. Sea turtles come to lay their eggs at this beach from March through August.
Map of Best Beaches in St Lucia
Here’s a map of the recommended best beaches in Saint Lucia.
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