St Lucia is a beautiful island with a large assortment of beaches and beach types to choose from. The beaches of St Lucia include several black and gold sand beaches with calm and crystal blue water that make this island a very popular hot-spot and excellent retreat for the sun worshipper and water sports enthusiasts alike.
St. Lucia is a very much a mountainous island with a lot of hills and valleys on land and under the sea… with most beaches dropping off into deep bays.
All of St. Lucia’s beaches are open to the public, even the ones that are connected to a beach resort. The western beaches that border the Caribbean Sea are most certainly the best for swimming, as the eastern Atlantic shore is quite rocky and on most days has very large crashing waves and dangerous undertows and is not at all good for swimming.
One of the best beaches in St Lucia is probably the Soufriere/Piton area where the rain-forest meets the ocean or as often referred to as “where heaven meets earth”. The view of the majestic pitons will take your breath away, and will as well anywhere else you travel in St Lucia. You will also find many smaller cove beaches with darker volcanic sand that are breathtaking on their own.
One of St Lucia’s most popular beaches is the mile long, golden sand Reduit beach in Rodney Bay on the north coast. It is great for swimming and watersports although the vendors there can be a little annoying at times.
Marigot Bay, located in the island’s northwest, could very well be be one of the most beautiful and enticing places you will ever experience. Although the actual beach area is a little small and quite nice it is a more popular choice among yachters. If you arrive by land you will need to get a water taxi over to the other side where you can swim and have your food and drinks delivered to to right on the beach or enjoy the rope swing.