Donkey Beach

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 island of Saint Lucia, You might want even if you aren't staying nearby. The beaches on St. Lucia aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but Donkey Beach is less exposed than the others, making it just the right spot for vacationers who'd prefer to stay out of the busiest areas.

How to Access The Beach
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.

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Since Donkey Beach is of course found within a commonly visited area, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This spot 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're interested in combining some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to St. Lucia Folk Research Centre, a lovely museum found four miles away, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Donkey Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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
Choc Cemetery 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

Cities and Towns

Donkey Beach is close to Rodney Bay, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The nearby town of Rodney Bay is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From Donkey Beach, Rodney Bay is just up the road, roughly one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).

Hotels

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. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because the beach is in a fairly popular vacation spot, it typically isn't all that tough to find just the right type of hotel nearby. If you and your party are wanting to find a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the closest options to Donkey Beach.

Accommodations near Donkey Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Caribbean Jewel Beach Resort 0.5 mi. NE Resort
Windjammer Landing 0.7 mi. SW Resort
Coco Palm 0.7 mi. ENE Hotel
Alize Inn 0.7 mi. SE Hotel
Papillon Hotel 0.8 mi. NE Hotel
St. Lucian by Rex Resorts 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

Food

When you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is The Villa Restaurant. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and International menu items.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Donkey Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Villa Restaurant (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
Taiwanese Delicious -- -- -- 0.7 mi. E
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

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on Saint Lucia, of course, so if Donkey Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Labrelotte Bay, situated within a mile or so. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Choc Beach could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. You'll find it two miles to the south.

Another option worth considering is Reduit Beach, located a mile and a half to the northeast. 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.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see on St. Lucia; then again, taking a swim at Donkey Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.

 

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