St Lucia Beach Guide
All beaches on St Lucia are open to the public – including those that front upscale resorts. By law there is an access path to the beach and you can reach it by boat. Umbrellas and sun loungers are typically free for guests, with non-guests generally having to pay a small fee. There are usually no lifeguards operating on St Lucia.
The beaches on the western side of the island front the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and are best for swimming and water sports, while the wild and rugged eastern coast hosts the crashing surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Here is a selection of the best beaches in St Lucia.
Reduit Beach (West Coast) – Pick your own spot to swim and sunbathe on the soft golden sand of this 1.2km-long stretch of beach that faces the calm waters of Rodney Bay.
Come for a day and enjoy views across to Pigeon Island or stay longer at one of the resorts that line the beach, including Royal St Lucian Hotel, the Rex St Lucian and the Bay Gardens Resort. Facilities include sun loungers and umbrellas, with a range of water sports available from beachside kiosks and the water sports centre in the Rex St Lucian.
A choice of bars and restaurants are just a short walk away in Rodney Beach Village. Reduit (pronounced red-wee) Beach is located on the northwest coast of St Lucia.
Pigeon Point Beach (West Coast) – Relax on the soft white sand of this small and quiet palm-fringed beach facing the calm waters of Rodney Bay on the northwest coast of St Lucia. The beach sits within the Pigeon Island National Historic Park, which is joined to the mainland by a long causeway. Two beachside eateries serve snacks and cold drinks, but this pristine and uncrowded spot is also ideal for a picnic.
Follow hiking trails from the beach to the hilltop remains of Fort Rodney, with its colonial fortifications, small historical museum and old cannons in situ. Come for a day or stay longer at the luxurious Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Resort, where you can be spoiled with a range of creature comforts.
Choc Bay Beach (West Coast) – Unwind on the unspoiled golden sands of this 1.2km-long palm-fringed beach that overlooks nearby Rat Island and shelves into calm turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming, making it especially suited to families with small children.
Come for the day or relax in comfort at the exclusive Sandals Halycon Beach Resort, which provides umbrellas and sun loungers for guests as well as water sports equipment. Choc Bay Beach is located a few kilometres north of Castries and the international airport.
Vigie Beach (West Coast) – Running parallel to the George F. L. Charles Airport runway just north of Castries, and continuing on to become Malabar Beach, this 3km-long palm-fringed beach offers pristine golden sands shelving into warm, turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming.
Anse Chastanet Beach (West Coast) – Relax on the natural silver-grey sands of this 300m-long palm-fringed beach that lies surrounded by lush green hillsides framing a tranquil cove that is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Enjoy facilities such as sun loungers and umbrellas as provided by the beachfront restaurant and bar. A dive shop offers water sports equipment for hire.
Come for a day and dive the offshore reef drop-off or stay longer, enjoying the comforts of the exclusive 5-star Anse Chastanet Resort, which sits in a forested hillside overlooking a palm grove facing the beach. Anse Chastanet Beach lies around 29km north of Hewanorra International Airport and 3km north of Soufrière.
Anse des Pitons (West Coast) – Dip your toes into the soft white sand of this gorgeous 200m-long palm-fringed beach that nestles at the edge of Pitons Bay between the twin volcanic peaks of Gros and Petit Piton, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Savour this stunning setting from a sun lounger on the beach or from the towering palm trees. Swim in the clear waters and snorkel or dive the 589m drop-off at the base of the Pitons. The white sand on this crescent beach was imported and spread over the natural black sand.
Come for a day or stay at the exclusive property The Tides Sugar Beach (formerly, the Jalousie Plantations Resort), which nestles in 77ha of magnificent rainforest stretching up a verdant hillside in front of the beach. Anse des Pitons is located about 2km south of Soufrière and is accessible by boat or through the resort.
Anse des Sables (South Coast) – Unwind on the pristine windswept white sands of this kilometre-long beach that stretches along the southern end of the island, near Vieux Fort and south of the runway at Hewanorra International Airport, facing the Maria Islands.
A reef protects the crystal clear waters here, which are perfect for swimming, kite surfing and windsurfing. The beachside bar and restaurant offers windsurfing gear and kayaks for hire as well as cold drinks and good food.
Grande Anse Beach (East Coast) – Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this pristine 1.3km-long stretch of golden sand set against a backdrop of dramatic bush-clad cliffs. The beach is a nesting ground from February to October for endangered sea turtles, including hawksbill, green, loggerhead and leatherbacks – the largest species of sea turtle.
Also look out for various bird species such as the white-breasted thrasher. There are no facilities here so you may need to pack a picnic. Access is best by four-wheel drive vehicle from Desbarra.