Most people who come to the Saint Lucia are looking to spend at least some of their time lounging on a sun chair, basking in the warmth of the bright Caribbean rays. As an island only 617 km2 or 238.23 square miles, finding a beach isn’t a problem. The problem is choosing which one to go to! As locals, we feel it is our duty to give you the best options. Here are 6 of the most popular beaches in Saint Lucia.
Pigeon Island National Landmark
This is a bit of a cheat, because Pigeon Island actually has two small, but very serene, beaches to choose from. The island was entirely surrounded by water (as the name ‘island’ suggests) but was joined to the mainland in 1972 by a man-made causeway. To get to the two beaches, the national park charges a small fee for all visitors. Lounge chairs are available to rent and there’s plenty of shade for those who want to limit their time in the sun. Washrooms and outdoor showers are also available to rinse off after taking a refreshing dip in the sea. The restaurant, Jambe du Bois, is lower down from the second beach and offers delicious meals (our favourite is their seafood lasagna)!
Landings Beach is the unofficial name locals gave to this strip of beach after The Landings Resort and Spa located adjacent to it. This beach can get jam-packed on a Sunday afternoon, as locals flock with their friends and families to enjoy the remaining hours of the weekend, before the Monday blues set in. During the week and Saturdays are not as crowded and you may even get the stretch of sand to yourself! Walks towards Gros Islet often lead to discovering an assortment of beautiful seashells – something the children would delight in. The views of Pigeon Island to your right and Reduit Beach and Gros Islet to your left make it easy to see why this is a local favourite.
This length of crisp yellow sand and aquamarine waters is one of the most well known beaches in Saint Lucia. With four hotels, Bay Gardens Beach Resort and three Rex Resorts (Royal St Lucia Resort and Spa by Rex Resorts, St Lucian by Rex Resorts and Papillon by Rex Resorts), one restaurant, Spinnakers Restaurant and Beach Bar, and the St. Lucia Yacht Club, its popularity is obvious. Lounge chairs and umbrellas can be rented for those seeking retreat from the sun. Water activities such as jet skiing and sailing are available for any interested.
Vigie Beach, about 5 minutes outside of the city, is another local favourite, particularly of residents who live in Castries and don’t want to travel to the north of the island. With no restaurants in the area, you’ll see locals gathering for picnics all along the beach. Children often play a round of football or cricket near the water. Almond and palm trees dot the beach, offering plenty of shade. Just of the coast of this beach is Rat Island for anyone up to making the swim across (at your own risk, of course).
Look up ‘secluded beach’ in the dictionary . . . saw the picture of Marigot Bay? We joke, there are no pictures in the dictionary. If there were though, we’d petition for this beach to illustrate the term. The beach at Marigot Bay is only accessible by ferry and is a tiny sand bar jutting out from the mainland. Covered with tall coconut trees and with clear blue waters, it is certainly paradise. Restaurants and luxurious resorts lend an air of extravagance to the cozy little bay that makes it popular for those who are staying or live in the area.
Located in Vieux Fort, Sandy Beach is the beach to go to for anyone living in the south of the island. Visitors flying into Hewanorra International Airport are greeted with an aerial view of the beach. It’s perfect for wind and kite surfers and anyone looking to relax in the sun. Sandy Beach offers fabulous scenery – the Maria Islands and Moule-a-Chique Lighthouse. If you enjoy long walks on the beach, this is the destination for you.
Now aren't you dying to leave your office to come visit us?
(Some of these photos are provided by Mishael Fabien)