Vigie Beach

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The beach runs alongside the Vigie Airport runway, which seems like an immediate drawback; but the airport is relatively quiet, and its presence means a lack of hotels and resorts, keeping the beach clean and peaceful. Being close to Castries, it also puts you in a good location for shopping, dining, and other activities when you're day at the beach is finished.

Positioned in North Castries, Vigie Beach is on the North edge of Saint Lucia. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. The beaches found throughout St. Lucia are usually somewhat secluded and quiet, but at Vigie Beach your experience will be different.

How to Access The Beach
From Castries, go north on the John Compton Hwy and take a left at the roundabout as you pass the airstrip. This will put you right on the water.

Amenities and Ambiance

The sandy shores of Vigie Beach slope gently into the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. The beach is well sheltered, providing relief from unruly tradewinds. A good variety of trees, including palms, are found along the shore, creating natural and much-welcomed shade.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Vigie Beach at all, it's worth a try. Beachgoers will find notice plenty of nice restaurants all around St. Lucia, but did you know that some of St. Lucia's best dishes aren't served in restaurants at all? Many visitors, in fact, simply sit on their towels——not in a restaurant——to enjoy lunch. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

There is also a concession stand available.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. This beach is popular with the locals, despite its location near the landing strip of Vigie airport.

Since Vigie Beach can be found inside an area popular for visitors., you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby

Attractions

The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on St. Lucia's North coast; it will be near other attractions like Choc Cemetery, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. This museum is located just a walk or cab ride away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Vigie Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Choc Cemetery Historical Site 0.1 mi. SW Saint Lucia
St. Lucia Folk Research Centre Museum 0.6 mi. S Saint Lucia
Dollar Wise Arcade Gambling Arcade 1.0 mi. SSW Saint Lucia
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Historical Site 1.1 mi. SSW Saint Lucia
Government House Historical Site 1.5 mi. SW Saint Lucia
Le Pavillion Royal Museum Museum 1.5 mi. SW Saint Lucia
La Toc Battery Historical Site 1.6 mi. SW Saint Lucia
Sandals St. Lucia La Toc Golf Golf Course 1.8 mi. SW Saint Lucia

Cities and Towns

The town of Castries is close-by and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From Vigie Beach, Castries is not far away, about a mile (a kilometer and a half).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it can attract guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Though this area doesn't sport many hotels within driving distance, the ones found nearest to the water have been listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Vigie Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Rendezvous Resort 0.1 mi. NE Resort
Auberge Seraphine Hotel 0.7 mi. SW Hotel
Cara Suites Castries 0.8 mi. S Hotel

Food

If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest places to eat is Jade Terrace Chinese. The restaurant has a menu featuring Chinese food. They are also known for serving chicken and soups. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

Restaurants near Vigie Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Jade Terrace Chinese (758) 451-8952 Chinese Very Casual 0.4 mi. E
Beach Facilities (758) 452-5494 -- -- -- --
Cyril & Sons (758) 453-1500 -- -- -- --
Ferrands Ice Cream (758) 452-3387 International Very Casual -- --
Green Peppers Restaurant (758) 452-5855 -- -- -- --
Honey Bee Cafe (758) 452-5919 -- -- -- --
Irie Ice Cream Parlor (758) 452-6279 -- -- -- --
Le Restaurant De Romantique (758) 451-8790 -- -- -- --
New Sun Restuarnt (758) 451-6326 -- -- -- --
Tench Yasmin (758) 451-8922 -- -- -- --
Walker Mandy (758) 450-3282 -- -- 0.6 mi. E
Restaurant at Auberge Seraphine Hotel (758) 453-2073 Eclectic Fine Dining 0.7 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Vigie Beach.

You may also like Choc Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. It is located one and an eighth miles to the northeast. With its calm waters, and nearby amenities, Choc Beach is a popular spot with vacationing families. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, you might enjoy La Toc Beach.

Another location you may want to try is Malabar Beach, which is located a quarter mile to the northeast.

St. Lucia has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, so visiting Vigie Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.

 

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