Anse de Sables
Keeping along the trail, bypassing the route to Secret Beach, you’ll find yourself in a pasture, dotted with cacti and perhaps a few donkeys. This is the way to Donkey Beach, another small bay. The picturesque beach is a favourite spot of local fishermen.
In addition to the beautiful beaches around which some of the west coast resorts are based, is the delightful Malgre Toute Beach, south of Soufrière. Driving out of the town, go past Stonefield Estate and take the right turn towards Viceroy Sugar Beach. Along that road, stop a local and ask for final directions.
Also located in Soufrière district is the cozy bay of Anse Mamin, a short walk north from Anse Chastanet Resort and a preferred place to arrive by boat. The resort operates a bar and grill on the beach and serves a delicious fresh catch of the day.
If you’re looking for a spot steeped in history then visit the small beaches located inside Pigeon Island National Park (admission fee applies). Take a leisurely climb up to the fort and be rewarded with a stunning view of Reduit Beach and beyond. Then satisfy your hunger and thirst at Jambe De Bois restaurant with reasonably priced fare including a mean seafood lasagne! Restroom and shower facilities are available inside the park.
Located on the east coast, close to Grand Anse Beach – also famous for its turtle nesting – is the rugged, cliff-lined beauty of Anse Louvette. The most dramatic feature is the blow hole – as the waves crash against the rocks below, water is forced upward, spouting out to dazzling effect. Beware, currents in the water are strong.
Anse des Sables, known to locals as Sandy Beach, is a long stretch of beach at the extreme south of the island. This hot-spot is perfect for a day out, with a choice of restaurants and bars: Island Breeze offers delectable lambi while The Reef is the first and last port of call for seasoned travellers flying into/out of Hewanorra International Airport. Favourable winds renders this site a prime spot for wind- and kite- surfing.
Heading north from Hewanorra International Airport, along the east coast, take the right turn just past the local wine maker’s shop (bottles will be on display) and venture down to a breathtaking cove – so attractive that you can imagine how it took on the name of Honeymoon Beach. Waves can be rough so enter the water with care. The hillsides surrounding the bay make for pleasant scenic views and offer a nice early morning or afternoon stroll.
Appropriately named, Grande Anse Beach boasts two miles of spectacular white sand. It is one of the select beaches of the region where giant sea turtles lay their eggs in the season. As this is the Atlantic side of the island, the waters can be rough at times, so proceed with caution.
Reduit Beach is in the heart of Saint Lucia’s tourist hub: Rodney Bay. It offers everything – thrilling water sports, lounge chairs for sunbathing, calm waters and stunning views. Enjoy the sunset (it may even coincide with happy hour!) while sipping a cocktail at Spinnakers Restaurant and Bar.