No matter where you go in the Caribbean, the beaches are bound to be beautiful. But those in Saint Lucia, a tropical island nation located in the eastern Caribbean, are known to be especially gorgeous.
While the island is blanketed in soft white sand and surrounded by crystal-clear water, it is the incredibly lush landscape – including its iconic twin volcanic peaks, Gros and Petit Piton – that takes its sandy expanses to breathtaking new levels.
Whether you’re looking to dip in the sand with a book and a beer and beautiful mountain views, or looking to be a little more adventurous on your beach trip, St. Lucia has it covered. should. Here are the best beaches on the island for all types of beach.
Jealousy (aka Sugar Beach)
Great for epic views of the Twin Peaks
Have you even been to St. Lucia if you haven’t spent at least an afternoon baking in the sun while taking in the views of the stunning Twin Peaks? This beach is THE place to get there. Tucked right in the middle of the two mountainous sites, Jalousie Beach looks and feels incredibly green – but it’s also known for its powdery white sand and quintessential blue Caribbean waters.
Half of the beach is owned by the luxury Sugar Beach Resort (hence its nickname Sugar Beach), but luckily you don’t need to be invited to enter. Part of the beach is also accessible to the public. Along with the epic views, the beach is also a favorite spot for snorkelers and divers, who are drawn to the 1,800-foot drop off at the base of the Pitons.
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Grand Anse beach
Ideal for turtle watching
Yes, yes, most people go to the beach for its salt water and sand. But this beach on the east side also has turtles! Lots of turtles! And not just any turtles either – they are endangered leatherback turtles, the largest of all sea turtles. During the nesting season (which runs from March to August), travelers come to see them come out of the water and lay their eggs.
You don’t like turtles? No problem. Grand Anse is also a gorgeous beach in itself, especially if you like that off-the-beaten-path vibe. Due to its location on the east coast of the island, Grand Anse is decidedly wilder and more secluded than its western cousins, with a long stretch of unspoiled sand (a mile and a quarter) that is perfect for a leisurely stroll. solo on the beach. Unsurprisingly, however, the secluded beach is a bit difficult to access – you might want to take a 4×4. Ask a local the best way to get there when you want to go, as conditions tend to change with the weather.
Ideal for families
Reduit is one of St. Lucia’s best-known family beaches for a reason – it has tons of amenities. For one, it’s located in the capital of Castries, close to plenty of beach shops and restaurants in the adjacent village of Rodney Bay (Spinnakers is a perennial favorite for bar-and-grill cuisine).
There are also plenty of places to rent snorkeling gear or try windsurfing, water skiing or jet skiing. But the piece de resistance might just be Splash Island, the Caribbean’s premier open water sports park that features inflatable slides, swings, monkey bars, and even a climbing wall.
For all the busy activity, however, the best part about Reduit is that it never feels boring or loud. It might be perfect for kids and families, but with about five miles of sand there is definitely room to stretch out – so it doesn’t feel too crowded. And the waters are super calm too (basically zero waves).
Cas en Bas Beach
Best for local life
For beach goers on a mission to find the local hangout, oceanfront hut that truly captures the spirit of your destination of choice, Cas en Bas is for you. And that’s because it’s home to Marjorie’s, one of the island’s most popular places for local flavor – in every sense of the word. The owner, Marjorie, serves tasty and affordable food that appeals to both locals and travelers alike.
But the real draw is Marjorie herself, whose warm, welcoming vibe rocks you and makes you want to hang out all day (there’s even a photo of Marjorie with the late Amy Winehouse, who was known to do exactly that).
Aside from Marjorie’s, the rest of Cas en Bas beach also showcases local life. Located on the northeast coast – away from the more touristy west side – the beach has a more rugged and warm feel, with local men and women fishing along the shore. You will even occasionally spot horses (and yes, you can ride them).
Anse Chastanet beach
Ideal for black sand lovers
First of all: this whole beach is technically inside a complex of the same name. But don’t worry, admission is free whether you are invited or not. Simply park your car in the resort’s free parking lot and walk right in.
Now the beach itself: it’s beautiful! As the darkest black sand beach on the island, Anse Chastanet reflects the volcanic history of Saint Lucia. It is also one of those beaches where one feels completely immersed in nature, as it is lined with tall palm trees and other lush foliage, and you can even hear the chirping of tropical birds in the background. .
Plus, thanks to the beach’s coral reef, there is epic snorkeling and diving right next to the shore – no need to take a guided boat trip into deeper waters (although you can definitely do that too). For those looking for even more serenity and seclusion, there is a nice little walking path on the north side of the beach that leads to an even smaller and quieter beach, Anse Mamin.
Pigeon Island National Monument
Best beach for culture lovers
Located on the north side of the island, Pigeon Island is a 44-acre national monument and island reserve which, unlike its name, is not actually an island – it was attached to the mainland in 1972. The reserve has two beautiful beaches with crystal clear water, soft sand and stunning mountain scenery to boot.
After that, most visitors walk to the top of Fort Rodney, where you can explore historic ruins and take in the sweeping panoramic views of the landscape below. On a clear day, you can even see the neighboring island of Martinique in the distance!