Anse des Sables

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Because of the strong gusts of wind at Anse des Sables, the area is particularly popular for windsurfing. Flanked by Vieux Fort Bluff and looking out onto Maria Major Island, there are splendid views in all directions at this tropical paradise. This is a great place to head for those staying on the southern part of the island.

Situated a couple hundred yards east-northeast of downtown Vieux Fort, Anse des Sables is on the South coast of Saint Lucia. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. While there are certainly more secluded beaches on St. Lucia than Anse des Sables, it offers just the right amount of privacy and atmosphere to appeal to couples and families alike.

How to Access The Beach
No matter which direction you're coming from on the island, you'll need to go south around Hewanorra International Airport, which can be done using the roads along either coast. Once south of the airport, the beach is right along, and can be accessed from, the St Judes Hyw on the eastern coast.

Amenities and Ambiance

Anse des Sables is a far-reaching stretch of white sand beach, which opens out into a shallow bay on the southern end on the island. This windward beach is located on the Atlantic side of St. Lucia, so you may experience strong gusts from the trade winds. The water, though, is protected by reefs and is crystal clear.

There is also a great restaurant right on-site if you're interested; many find it the perfect, convenient solution for lunch. Each destination around the Caribbean has its own cuisine, and St. Lucia is no different. One truly memorable place to try local specialties is right next to the coast. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Sometimes, visitors will be able to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

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

What's Nearby

Attractions

Positioned on St. Lucia's South coast; it will be near other attractions like Vieux Fort Lighthouse, which is pretty close, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Anse des Sables
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Vieux Fort Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.3 mi. S Saint Lucia
George Odium Stadium Sporting Event Venue 1.7 mi. N Saint Lucia

Cities and Towns

The town of Vieux Fort is close-by and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the shore, Vieux Fort is a fairly short distance away, maybe a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how packed the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Visitors will find a fairly wide range of hotels to choose from in the area that encircles Anse des Sables. The most accessible of which are shown below.

Accommodations near Anse des Sables
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Reef Beach Huts 0.2 mi. ENE B & B
Clear Sky Hotel 0.3 mi. W Hotel
Kabran Hotel 0.4 mi. N Hotel
Charlery's Inn 0.7 mi. W Hotel
Kimatrai Hotel 0.8 mi. WSW Hotel
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa 0.8 mi. N Resort

Food

When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you won't have to look too far from the sea. One of the closest places to eat is The Reef Beach Cafe. The restaurant offers both Creole and International cuisines. They also specialize in hamburgers and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

The following table provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Anse des Sables
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Reef Beach Cafe (758) 454-3418 Creole, International Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
Bernard Piltie (758) 454-3072 -- -- 0.5 mi. WSW
Flavours Ice Cream & Restaurant (758) 454-6695 -- -- 0.5 mi. WSW
Frances Hutson (758) 454-6321 -- -- 0.5 mi. WSW
Galleria Pizza Restaurant & Grill (758) 455-9452 Italian -- 0.5 mi. WSW
Golden Harvest Chinese Restaurant (758) 454-6655 Chinese -- 0.5 mi. WSW
Island Breeze (758) 454-6764 American, Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Wegosite Internet Cafe (758) 454-7722 -- -- 0.5 mi. WSW
Burger King - Vieux Fort -- American Very Casual 0.6 mi. W
Rituals Coffee UVF -- International Very Casual 0.7 mi. NW
Samuel Brice (758) 454-7779 -- -- 0.7 mi. NW
Island Deli (758) 454-7519 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Saint Lucia, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Vacationers may also want to visit Anse Chastanet, which is located within the range of a taxi. You wont be able to resist the charming allure of the Anse Chastanet beach.

Anse des Sables could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.

 

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