To most people who go on vacations Beaches are at the top of their places-to-go list. Well St.Lucia would be the perfect vacation destination for you! The island is home to many beautiful sandy beaches located all over the island. Every beach, including those that are part of the top resorts, is open to the public. The Caribbean Sea which is located on the Western Side of the island is highly recommended for swimming and other types of water sports. Its’ inviting turquoise and calm waters are not to be refused by those you love it relaxing sensation.
The wild but beautiful eastern side churns with the more turbulent waters of the Atlantic Ocean. On these beaches it is very scenic and great to explore by horseback or jeep. NOT RECOMMENDED for swimming.
Listed below are some of the highly rated beaches on the island…
Reduit Beach: Situated near a large yacht marina, The fine white sand of Reduit Beach are shaded by lush island greenery, so you take refuge from the noonday sun. Unlike most beaches on the island, this beach is 5 miles long. Reduit is the place for a long stroll by the shore and a swim in calm waters. There are restaurants and vendors renting water-sports equipment and lounge chairs.
Sugar Beach: Formerly known as Jalousie Beach has one of the most breath taking views of the Pitons know as the twin peaks in the Caribbean, Sugar Beach is Located south of the town Soufriere between the twins volcanic peaks “Petit Piton and Gros Pitons” a stunning settling of a white sandy beach lays next to the crystal clear waters on the Sugar Beach. A perfect spot for Snorkelers and Scuba Divers who come for the adventures at the 1,800 foot drop off at the base of the Pitons.
Anse Chastanet: Anse Chastanet features gigantic lush palm trees, which provide cool shady spots for beachgoers to escape the scorching afternoon sun. Rolling green hills add to an interesting contrast to the beach’s exotic ebony sands. With a sharp drop off, coral reef and sea walls, this beach affords snorkelers and divers many opportunities for viewing the vivid ocean life without ferrying out to deeper waters by boat. The natural sand reflects the volcanic origins of the island.
Pigeon Island National Park: Quiet and uncrowned, this beach on the north end of the island is the place to combine sunning and swimming with a visit to a mini-museum and a climb to a vantage point to see the historic Fort Rodney ruins and views of the distant Martinique. Two eateries stand ready to fill visitor’s needs.
Grande Anse: Soon to become part of a new national park, this mile long stretch of beach north of Dennery is set against a backdrop of cliffs in an area that was once a plantation. Now, visitors come for Turtle Watch, where they can see the natural wonder of endangered leatherbacks (think Crush from “Finding Nemo”), the largest of sea turtles, heaving themselves out of the water and onto the beach to lay their eggs.