Beaches on St. Lucia

The beaches on St. Lucia provide breathtaking scenery as well as fun in the sun

Photo credit: © Derek Key

St. Lucia is a lush tropical island adorned with pristine sugar sand beaches and exotic black sand beaches. More and more vacationers are drawn to this little Caribbean hideaway, whose charm lies in its friendly atmosphere and its stunning seaside scenery.

Beaches Map

All of the beaches on St. Lucia are public. A number of beachfront hotels and resorts are located on the north shores of the island. No matter where you're staying on the northern portion of the island, which tapers to a point, you'll be close to fine diving. However, those staying on the northeastern side will experience harsher waves coming from the Atlantic, and will need to cross to the northwest for diving opportunities at the beaches.

The secluded stretches of white sand beaches on the west coast near the southern portion of Marigot Bay can only be reached by watercraft and are popular spots for tourists in charter boats, catamarans, and powerboats. However, the beach itself is known for its calm waters and beautiful scenery both on-land and odd. This quiet side of the island is facing the Caribbean rather than the Atlantic.

The beaches along St. Lucia's east coast, or windward side, face the Atlantic Ocean. The choppy waves of the Atlantic here aren't suitable for swimming, but are great for gazing at spectacular ocean views. However, this side of the island is less densely populated, and travelers will often have a bit more space to themselves. Therefore, those who want to simply sunbathe may find just what they're looking for on this side of the island, where the beaches are quieter than the waters.

St. Lucia has plenty of beautiful beaches, including its uniquely stunning black sand beaches. The island's volcanic past has given it a touch of something different with the black, volcanic sands that line its shores, sometimes combining with the white sand in strand and wave patterns.

Beach Choices In The Area

You'll find several beaches to visit on the island. Regardless of whether you prefer people watching, or you prefer a quieter stretch of sand, you can find a beach that appeals to you. For more information concerning any one of these beaches you can click on the names of the ones you want to learn more about.

Marigot Bay

A beach with snorkeling is Jalouise. This crescent-shaped little beach used to be one of the island's black sand beaches until it was covered with powdery white sands. The real draw, though, is its arrestingly beautiful location in between some thoroughly impressive, world-famous pitons.

A second alternative for beach-goers to consider is Anse Louvert. On the island's rocky eastern coast, this beach will only be accessed by the adventurous and, as a result, you'll likely have it all to yourself. Bring lots of water and some food as you won't find any beach bars or other facilities on this part of the island.

Anse Chastanet: Anse Chastanet is flanked by the Jade Mountain Resort which makes public access here difficult, but not impossible. You can get a water taxi to drop you at this beach.

The beaches on St. Lucia are listed in the chart below.

Beaches On St. Lucia
Name Location Coast
Anse Chastanet 1.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Soufriere South West
Anse Couchon 1.7 mi. South West of Central Anse La Raye West
Anse Louvert 3.5 mi. North of Central Dennery North East
Anse des Sables 0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Vieux Fort South
Cas En Bas 2.0 mi. Northeast of Central Rodney Bay North
Choc Beach 2.1 mi. Northeast of Central Castries North
Dauphin Beach 2.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Rodney Bay North
Donkey Beach 1.3 mi. West of Central Rodney Bay North
Grand Anse 4.0 mi. East of Central Babonneau North East
Jalouise 1.9 mi. South of Central Soufrière South West
L'Anse la Raye 0.4 mi. South West of Central Anse La Raye West-Northwest
La Toc Beach 1.2 mi. West of Central Castries North
Laborie Beach 0.4 mi. West of Central Laborie South
Labrelotte Bay 2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central Rodney Bay North
Malabar Beach 1.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central Castries North
Marigot Bay 0.1 mi. North of Central Marigot Bay North West
Pigeon Point Beach 0.2 mi. East of Central Pigeon Island East
Reduit Beach 1.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Rodney Bay North
Rodney Bay Rodney Bay, Northern part of St. Lucia North
Roseau Bay 0.7 mi. South West of Central Marigot Bay North West
Soufriere Beach Soufrière, Western part of St. Lucia South West
Vieux Fort 1.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Vieux Fort South
Vigie Beach 1.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central Castries North

Of course, St. Lucia has other attraction types. Go to this article about even more attractions if you'd like to learn more specifics.

Sun-worshiping vacationers will discover that this Caribbean vacation spot is a little piece of heaven on earth. And those looking for a bit of adventure will have plenty to enjoy outside of these sands as well.


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