St Lucia is renowned for its heavenly beaches. In fact, we don’t think there is a bad beach on this stunning tropical island! Tranquil bays can be found nestled in scenic national parks and family-friendly beaches boast super-clean sand and calm, safe waters. On the east of the island, you’ll also find long, windward beaches that boast a plethora of water-sports.
If you’re planning your Caribbean holiday and you’re wondering which beaches are going to suit you, check out our list of the best beaches in St Lucia.
Best for feeling out of the way: Pigeon Island Beach
Part of the Pigeon Island National Park, the two pint-sized strips of sand that make up this beach are usually devoid of crowds and could easily make you feel like you’re on a desert island. Super calm waters and dense vegetation surround it, and, on some days, you may have the beach to yourself. Look out for the little boats that pull in to sell fresh coconuts and take some time to explore the national park.
Best for seeing turtles: Grand Anse Beach
Tucked away in the northeast of St Lucia, Grand Anse beach is as unspoilt as it gets. It’s also where leatherback turtles call their home. During the nesting season from March to August, the local turtle watch takes place as these endangered creatures come to the shore to lay their eggs. Grand Anse may be tricky to get to (consider taking a 4×4) but it’s quiet, remote and utterly peaceful.
Best for eco-adventures: Anse Mamin Beach
Close to Anse Chastanet, Anse Mamin Beach has become a haven for eco-adventurers. This dark sand beach is around a quarter of a mile long and the surrounding jungle and Anse Mamin Valley is where nature-lovers come for mountain biking and hiking trails. Once you’ve got your fill of adventure, you can take a dip in the beautifully calm waters and refuel at the legendary burger shack, the Jungle Grill and Bar.
Best for families: Reduit Beach
Calm waters, golden sands and charming waterfront restaurants and fish shacks make this mile-long beach a favourite among families in St Lucia. It’s one of the most popular beaches in St Lucia so arrive early to get the best spot for your umbrella (you can rent them here). And if the kids need any more persuasion, it’s home to the very exciting Splash Island, St Lucia’s open water-sports park.
Best for a Hollywood setting: Marigot Bay
When you see the emerald green hills, glimmering superyachts and towering palm trees of Marigot Bay, you’ll see why it’s featured in various films. There are a few little bays in this sought-after enclave, but the main stretch of sand that juts out into the azure waters of Marigot Bay is a glorious place to sunbathe and watch the yachts float along the horizon.
Best for snorkelling: Anse Chastanet Beach
Overlooked by luxury resorts perched on the bucolic hills, this silvery sandy beach is quite the spot for VIP sun-seekers, but it also has huge appeal among avid snorkellers. The Anse Chastanet Reef is a marine reserve that can be found just 10 yards from the water’s edge. With Scuba St Lucia, you can hire equipment and take scuba courses, or simply pop on your snorkel and feast your eyes on a whole host of marine life, from puffers and parrotfish to turtles and moray eels.
Best for water-sports: Anse de Sables
At almost 2km in length, Anse de Sables is quite possibly the longest beach in St Lucia, but it’s also one of the best beaches for water-sports, one of the most popular things to do on the island. Located in Vieux Fort in the southeast of St Lucia, this windward beach has become known as a ‘windsurfer’s paradise’. So, when you’re not sinking your toes into its yellow sands, you can try everything from kite surfing and windsurfing to kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Check out the water-sports centre The Reef Beach Café for more info.
Best for views of the Pitons: Sugar Beach
If you happen to be staying at Soufriere Beach Villa, you will be right by the renowned Sugar Beach – also known as Jalousie Beach – a small cove that offers the most incredible views of the Piton Mountains. If you’re not staying close by, it can be quite tricky to access by car, so consider taking a water taxi for more incredible views of those volcanic peaks.
Best for rugged scenery: Donkey Beach
In the northeast corner of St Lucia, Donkey Beach is one of the smallest but most striking beaches on the island. Facing the choppier Atlantic Coast, it’s not the best sunbathing spot in St Lucia, but it is one of the most photogenic and it’s popular with walkers. Pack your camera, your comfy shoes and enjoy the rugged and less-trodden feel.
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Now you’ve seen what St Lucia has to offer, why not see what we have to offer? Take a look at our luxury villas in St Lucia, or contact our concierge team and they’ll help to choose the best place for you!