One of the smallest, but most picturesque beaches on the island's northwest coast, Donkey Beach was almost destroyed when a golf course was to be put in there, but as of now the course's plans have fallen through and the beach remains.
Located on the northern coast of the island of Saint Lucia, You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Although the area isn't crowded with buildings, many will find this area exactly what they're looking for, especially since it's removed from certain noisier areas.
From Castries, take the main coastal road north past Choc and into Corinth. Take your first right after the Rasco on the left. Then take your first right after that and follow it around until you come to the end of the road where you can leave your car. From here, it is a short hike along the trail leading you out to the beach.
The beach is a short, though pleasant, strip of sand at the end of a long, thin cut into the interior of northwestern Saint Kitts. It's nestled in between a couple of distinctive pitons, begging to be photographed. The water inside the cut is calm and clear. Palms and other interesting flora cover the interior and provide some shade.
Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.
Since Donkey Beach will be located inside a tourist hotspot, many try to show up early.
This pleasant stretch of sand known as Donkey Beach is on St. Lucia's North coast; it will be near other attractions like Treasure Bay Casino, which is three quarters of a mile to the east-northeast.
If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of St. Lucia, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. For instance, nearby is Fort Rodney, which is a mile and a half to the north.
Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.
|Treasure Bay Casino||Casino||0.8 mi.||ENE||Saint Lucia|
|Fort Rodney||Historical Site||1.8 mi.||N||Pigeon Island|
|St. Lucia Golf and Country Club||Golf Course||2.8 mi.||NE||Saint Lucia|
|Historical Site||3.3 mi.||SSW||Saint Lucia|
|St. Lucia Folk Research Centre||Museum||3.8 mi.||SSW||Saint Lucia|
|Dollar Wise Arcade||Gambling Arcade||4.2 mi.||SSW||Saint Lucia|
|Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception||Historical Site||4.3 mi.||SSW||Saint Lucia|
|Government House||Historical Site||4.7 mi.||SSW||Saint Lucia|
|Le Pavillion Royal Museum||Museum||4.7 mi.||SSW||Saint Lucia|
|La Toc Battery||Historical Site||4.7 mi.||SW||Saint Lucia|
|Sandals St. Lucia La Toc Golf||Golf Course||4.8 mi.||SW||Saint Lucia|
|Eudovic's Art Studio||Art Gallery||5.1 mi.||SSW||Saint Lucia|
Donkey Beach is near Rodney Bay, so walking the city is a definite option. Rodney Bay is nearby and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the shore, Rodney Bay is a quick trip away, maybe one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).
Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.
Since this beach is located in a relatively popular vacation destination, it typically isn't all that difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. For those hoping to get a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the closest options to Donkey Beach.
|Caribbean Jewel Beach Resort||0.5 mi.||NE||Resort|
|Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort||0.7 mi.||SW||Resort|
|Coco Palm||0.7 mi.||ENE||Hotel|
|Alize Inn||0.7 mi.||SE||Hotel|
|Rex Resorts St. Lucian||0.8 mi.||NE||Resort|
|Royal by Rex Resorts St. Lucia||0.9 mi.||NE||Resort|
|La Terrassee Inn||0.9 mi.||ENE||Guest house|
|Bay Gardens Inn||0.9 mi.||E||Hotel|
|East Winds Inn||0.9 mi.||SSW||Resort|
|Bay Gardens Hotel||0.9 mi.||E||Hotel|
A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you can dive into St. Lucia's specialty dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest places to eat is. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and International dishes on the menu.
A few nearby dining options are listed in the following table.
|(758) 452-9199||Caribbean, International||Informal||0.5 mi.||NE|
|Dragonfly||(758) 456-9000||Caribbean, International||Informal||0.7 mi.||SW|
|Embers||(758) 456-9000||Caribbean||Very Casual||0.7 mi.||SW|
|Jammer's||(877) 522-0722||Contemporary, European||Informal||0.7 mi.||SW|
|Papa Don's Restaurant||(877) 522-0722||Mediterranean||Informal||0.7 mi.||SW|
|Upper Deck||(758) 456-9000||Caribbean, International||Fine Dining||0.7 mi.||SW|
|KoKo Cabana||(877) 655-2626||Caribbean||Fine Dining||0.7 mi.||ENE|
|Lil Chef||(758) 456-2852||Mediterranean||--||0.7 mi.||ENE|
|Ti Bananne Bistro||(758) 456-2800||Creole, French||Informal||0.7 mi.||ENE|
|Mango Vert||(758) 452-0960||Caribbean||Informal||0.7 mi.||SE|
|Jammer's Beach Bar & Grill||(758) 456-9000||International||Informal||0.8 mi.||SW|
Saint Lucia has several beautiful beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.
If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Labrelotte Bay, situated within a mile or so. Others might prefer Choc Beach, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's located two miles to the south.
Another location you may want to try is Reduit Beach, located within a couple of miles. 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.
St. Lucia has so much to offer, and paying a visit to Donkey Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.
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