Rodney Bay

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The beach, although a main attraction, can easily become overrun with tourists, but the area is also host to other activities like bars, restaurants, and shops for a good time. You'll also find a wide range of water sports at this busy destination.

Located toward the northwestern outskirts of Rodney Bay, this beach is on the North coast of Saint Lucia. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying very close. Rodney Bay is the kind of shore where tourists head for a lively outing, and there is plenty of beach action to keep them busy - it definitely isn't a quiet, private place to take a nap.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is about 15 minutes north of Castries and can be accessed off the Castries - Gros Islet Hwy. As you get into the town of Rodney Bay, take a right around the Bay Walk Shopping Mall which will put you on a road running parallel to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

A yachtsman's haven, Rodney Bay is a man made lagoon that hosts an array of shops, hotels, and restaurants geared towards tourists. The beaches are beautiful but get crowded with tourists and vendors. There are huts and umbrellas offering shade, but you may need to be a guest at one of the hotels to use them.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. Sometimes, visitors will be able to order some food from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Many tourists spend their time at Rodney Bay, a crowded area that offers guests every amenity for their journey, including beautiful beaches.

Since Rodney Bay is located inside an area commonly frequented by travelers, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on St. Lucia's North coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Treasure Bay Casino, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Rodney Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Treasure Bay Casino Casino 0.5 mi. S Saint Lucia

Cities and Towns

This beach is near Rodney Bay, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Rodney Bay is the closest city and is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the coast, Rodney Bay is not far away, roughly three quarters of a mile (a kilometer).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Beach-goers will find a good variety of hotels and resorts to choose from in the area that encircles Rodney Bay. The most convenient of which are shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Rodney Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa 0.0 mi. NE Resort
Ginger Lily Hotel 0.1 mi. SE Hotel
The Village Inn and Spa 0.1 mi. ENE Hotel
Beachcross Villa Apartments 0.1 mi. SE Hotel
Royal St. Lucian 0.1 mi. S Resort
Harmony Suites 0.3 mi. S Hotel
Royal by Rex Resorts St. Lucia 0.3 mi. S Resort
St. Lucian by Rex Resorts 0.4 mi. SSW Resort
Papillon Hotel 0.4 mi. SSW Hotel
La Terrassee Inn 0.4 mi. S Guest house

Food

One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to try a local restaurant, where you can dive into St. Lucia's specialty dishes, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is SeaGapes Beach Bar & Restaurant. This restaurant serves both American and Caribbean menu items. They are also famous for their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Rodney Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
SeaGapes Beach Bar & Restaurant (877) 312-4153 American, Caribbean, Vegetarian -- 0.0 mi. NE
Hi-Tide Restaurant (877) 312-4153 Caribbean, International, Vegetarian Informal 0.1 mi. NE
Buzz (758) 458-0450 Caribbean, Vegetarian Informal 0.1 mi. SSE
Fire Grill (758) 451-4745 Contemporary Informal 0.1 mi. SSE
Jacques Waterfront Dining (758) 458-1900 Caribbean, French Fine Dining 0.2 mi. ENE
Razmataz! (758) 452-9800 Indian Informal 0.2 mi. S
Chic Restaurant (758) 452-9999 Caribbean, French -- 0.2 mi. S
Cockpit Gastro Pub (758) 452-0100 British, International Very Casual 0.3 mi. S
L'Epicure & Terrace (758) 452-9999 Creole Fine Dining 0.3 mi. S
The Oriental (758) 452-8351 Asian Fusion, Japanese Informal 0.3 mi. S
Golden Taste Restaurant -- Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. N
Frydays Bar & Restaurant (758) 450-8056 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on Saint Lucia, of course, and Rodney Bay is just one option.

You may also want to try Donkey Beach, a popular beach beloved by tourists. You'll find it a mile to the south west. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Labrelotte Bay is a beach secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it only a short distance away.

You may also enjoy Reduit Beach, located within a short distance. Your island experience is sure to be unforgettable at Reduit Beach, where there is so much to see and do, you may have to come back to experience it all.

Maybe Rodney Bay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, St. Lucia offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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