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.
Located in North Castries, Vigie Beach is on the North edge of Saint Lucia. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Travelers who want to avoid long taxi rides will love how easy it is to access Vigie Beach. It's convenient to nearby hotels and attractions since it isn't far from the city's major hubs.
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.
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.
You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Every location around the world has its own unique cuisine, and St. Lucia is no different. One truly memorable place to experience the local specialties is right on the water. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of St. Lucia's famous street food along the way.
Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch.
Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. This beach is popular with the locals, despite its location near the landing strip of Vigie airport.
Remember to take into account that Vigie Beach's location is a bustling area, so show up early.
This beach is positioned on St. Lucia's North coast. It is near, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of the local attractions.
To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like St. Lucia Folk Research Centre (found just a walk or cab ride away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help visitors understand St. Lucia's interesting past.
The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available on St. Lucia. The following table includes the closest attractions.
|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|
Vigie Beach is near Castries, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The city of Castries is close-by and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the coast, Castries is just up the road, roughly a mile (a kilometer and a half).
Whether or not you encounter many other people will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it can appeal to visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.
While travelers generally won't find very many places to stay in the region, those accommodation options closest to the beach can be seen in the list that follows.
|Rendezvous Hotel||0.1 mi.||E||Resort|
|Auberge Seraphine Hotel||0.7 mi.||SW||Hotel|
|Cara Suites Castries||0.8 mi.||S||Hotel|
A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you try a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without straying too far from your current location. Jade Terrace Chinese is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves delicious Chinese cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their chicken and soups. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's not far off the beach at all.
Nearby dining options are shown in the following table.
|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||--||--||--||--|
|Le Restaurant De Romantique||(758) 451-8790||--||--||--||--|
|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|
Saint Lucia has many nice beaches, so Vigie Beach is not your only option.
If the active mood at Vigie Beach is what you're looking for, think about also visiting Choc Beach, a beach with a similar ambiance. You'll find it 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 it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, La Toc Beach is a beach removed from some more heavily-traveled spots.
You may also enjoy Malabar Beach, located a quarter mile away.
St. Lucia has plenty to offer its visitors, and Vigie Beach is just one of the many options.
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