1. Jalousie (Sugar Beach), 2. Grand Anse beach, 3. Reduit beach, 4. Cas en Bas beach, 5. Anse Chastanet beach, 6. Pigeon Island National Landmark. The island of St. Lucia's diversified and hilly environment creates lovely coves surrounded by spectacular scenery. If you're looking for a tropical refuge with beautiful beaches, go no further than this eastern Caribbean island. There's a stretch of beach for every type of traveler, with views of the native Piton mountains on the Caribbean Sea side and contrasting landscape on the Atlantic side. There are plenty of sunny coastal spots to choose from, ranging from peaceful, secluded stretches of sand to more vast, busy beaches. These are the top six beaches in St. Lucia to visit on your next vacation.
- Jalousie (Sugar Beach)
- Grand Anse beach
- Reduit beach
- Cas en Bas beach
- Anse Chastanet beach
- Pigeon Island National Landmark
Jalousie (Sugar Beach)
Did you even visit Saint Lucia if you didn’t spend at least one afternoon basking in the sun while admiring the gorgeous twin peaks? This is the beach to make it happen. Jalousie Beach, nestled directly in the heart of the two mountainous features, seems and feels wonderfully green. That’s why this is the best place to see the twin peaks. It’s also recognized for its pristine white sand and classic Caribbean blue waters. The premium hotel Sugar Beach Resort owns half of the beach (thus the nickname Sugar Beach), but you don’t have to be a guest to enter. There is also a section of the beach that is open to the public.
You may take in the breathtaking scenery of Jalousie Beach, which is part of a World Heritage Site and looks out over the dazzling deep blue. You can also use its services as a snorkeler or scuba diver in the blue depths, where a 548.6 m (1,800 ft) drop-off attracts a colony of aquatic life. There’s also plenty to do ashore, whether you want to spend a relaxed afternoon in the sun or sip a few cocktails at the bar.
Location: West Indies Soufrière, Saint Lucia
Grand Anse beach
The majority of people visit Grand Anse beach for the sea and sand. But there are turtles on this east-side beach. There are so many turtles! And not just any turtles, but endangered leatherback turtles, the largest of all sea turtles. During the nesting season (March to August), visitors come to see them crawl out of the water and lay their eggs. However, if you are not a fan of turtles, it’s not a problem. Grand Anse is also a beautiful beach in its own right, especially if you like the off-the-beaten-path vibe.
Grand Anse is definitely more wild and remote than its west-side brethren due to its location on the island’s eastern side, with a long stretch of pristine sand (one and a quarter miles) that’s ideal for a tranquil solo stroll on the beach. Not unexpectedly, getting to the remote beach is a bit difficult – you may wish to bring a 4×4. As the circumstances fluctuate with the weather, ask a local for the best way to get there when you wish to go.
Location: Morne Rouge, Grenada
Reduit is one of St. Lucia’s most well-known family beaches for a reason: it has a plethora of attractions. For starters, it’s in the city of Castries, close to several beach shops and restaurants in the nearby Rodney Bay resort (Spinnakers is a perennial favorite for bar-and-grill cuisine). Many hotels and restaurants in Rodney Bay Village are within walking distance of the beautiful expanse of golden sand that frames Rodney Bay. Bay Gardens Beach Resort, Royal St. Lucia by Rex Resorts, and St. Lucian by Rex Resorts all front the beach; across the street are the blu St. Lucia, Harmony Suites, and Ginger Lily hotels.
You may rent sporting equipment and beach chairs, as well as take windsurfing or waterskiing lessons, at Royal’s water-sports center. Splash Island Water Park, an open-water inflatable playground near Bay Gardens Beach Resort with a trampoline, climbing wall, monkey bars, swing, slide, and more, is popular with both kids and adults.
Splash Island, the Caribbean’s first open-water sports park provides tourists with many entertaining activities like inflatable slides, swings, monkey bars, and even a climbing wall. Despite all of the activities, the best aspect about Reduit is that it never feels overcrowded or loud. It’s ideal for kids and families, but with around five miles of sand, there’s plenty of space to spread out – so it doesn’t feel too crowded. The water is also extremely tranquil (basically zero waves).
Location: western outskirts on Gros Islet, Northern edge of Saint Lucia
Cas en Bas beach
Cas en Bas is for beach bums on a mission to uncover the local hangout spot, the seaside shack that perfectly reflects the character of your resort of choice. That’s because it’s home to Marjorie’s, one of the island’s most popular destinations for local flavor – in all senses of the word. Marjorie, the owner, dishes up good and reasonable meals that appeal to both locals and visitors. But the true draw is Marjorie herself, whose warm and welcome atmosphere draws you in and makes you want to stay all day.
The white-sand beach surrounding a C-shaped bay provides some enjoyable diversions, such as horses—you can ride on the sand and even venture a little into the water—as well as kitesurfers and windsurfers who take advantage of the consistent trade winds. A visit will provide a contrast to the quieter, busier Caribbean shoreline beach experience. Locals come to fish and picnic on weekends. Another reason to visit the beach is one of the island’s most popular local restaurants and bars, the rustic Marjorie’s Beach Bar, which dishes up local cuisine and atmosphere.
Aside from Marjorie’s, the rest of the beach at Cas en Bas emphasizes local life as well. The beach has a more rustic and homey atmosphere, as it is located on the northeast coast, away from the more touristic west side, with local men and women fishing along the shoreline.
Location: Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia
Marjorie’s restaurant (https://www.instagram.com/thedatehouse.stlucia/)
Anse Chastanet beach
On top of that, because of the beach’s coral reef, there’s fantastic snorkeling and diving right off the beach – no need to take a guided boat excursion out to deeper seas (though you can definitely do that, too). For those looking for even more peace and quiet, there’s a lovely little walking trail on the north side of the beach that goes to Anse Mamin, a smaller and calmer beach.
Location: Soufriere, St. Lucia’s southwest coast
Pigeon Island National Landmark
Pigeon Island, located on the island’s northern side, is a 44-acre national landmark and island reserve that, despite to its name, is not an island – it was linked to the mainland in 1972. The reserve offers two beautiful beaches with crystal-clear water, smooth sand, and stunning mountain views. But Pigeon Island is more than just the beaches. While there, visitors can also learn about the island’s colonial history at the nearby Pigeon Island Museum and Interpretive Centre.
Pigeon Island National Landmark is regarded as one of Saint Lucia’s most significant historical monuments. It is a vivid depiction of the cultural and historical monuments of international, civil, military, and maritime crosscurrents that characterize West Indian historical transformation. Pigeon Island is being fostered as a living museum inside a natural environment by careful protection and clever development to satisfy the intellectual, cultural, and recreational needs of those who visit this historic place. The majority of visitors then trek to the summit of Fort Rodney, where they may explore historic ruins and take in the wide panoramic views of the area below. On a clear day, you can even see Martinique, a nearby island, in the distance.
Location: Unnamed Road, Saint Lucia