The Most Beautiful Beaches in St Lucia

Courtesy of St. Lucia Tourism Board
Courtesy of St. Lucia Tourism Board

Freelance Caribbean Writer

St Lucia is located in the Eastern Caribbean, at the end of the string of islands neighbouring Grenada and Barbados. The island is nicknamed “Helen of the West Indies” largely because its strategic location (within easy reach of North America) meant it was frequently fought over by Britain and France. Also similarly to Helen of Troy, St Lucia is strikingly beautiful. Its golden sands and palm-fringed beaches are some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. Here is a list of the most beautiful beaches in St Lucia.

1. Sugar Beach


© Sugar Beach Residences /Flickr

Located between the Piton Mountains, Sugar Beach, with its beautiful crystal-like sand, is one of the most stunning beaches in St Lucia where you can relax and appreciate the beauty of the Caribbean sea with mountains on each side to frame the view. Sugar Beach is a few kilometres south of Soufrière on the West Coast of the island. Part of the beach is dominated by the Sugar Beach Resort, but the northern part of the beach is open to the public and can be accessed through the Viceroy Resort.

Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Sugar Beach |© Sugar Beach Residences /Flickr

2. Marigot Bay

© Robert Pittman/Flickr

Marigot Bay is host to a plethora of smaller beaches, located on the western side of the island. This is one of the most popular beaches in St Lucia because of its prominence in Hollywood films. Marigot Bay boasts swaying palm trees, anchored boats and catamarans, and white sand; and is often described as a “romantic setting” by visitors. Due to its surroundings, Marigot Bay can be overcrowded at times, but there are secluded spots that you can find the enjoy the picturesque views.

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Marigot Bay, St Lucia | © Robert Pittman/Flickr

3. Grande Anse


Surrounded by St Lucia’s mountainous eastern coast, and far removed from the island’s development and tourist spots is Grande Anse beach. This beach will soon become part of a new national park and is set against a backdrop of cliffs in an area that was once a plantation. Grand Anse grants a quiet and peaceful environment, perfect for solo strolls or a romantic walk. Visitors also visit Grande Anse to watch the turtles. Endangered leatherbacks, the largest of sea turtles, crawl out of the water and lay their eggs on the shores of Grande Anse.

Grand Anse, St Lucia

Sea Turtles | © skeeze/Pixabay

5. Reduit


© DG Brown/Flickr

The most popular of beaches in St Lucia, Reduit beach is the perfect place for a long stroll by the shore or a swim in calm waters. The beach is fronted by the Rex St Lucian, Papillon and the Royal St Lucian hotels and is a popular place for resort visitors and cruise ships. Most beach activities can be found at Reduit, along with vendors renting watersports equipment and lounge chairs. The beach also provides a fair amount of eateries and restaurants, along with other facilities.

Reduit beach, St Lucia

Reduit Beach | © DG Brown/Flickr

6. La Toc


© Charles Hoffman/Flickr

La Toc Beach is located in Castries, the capital of St Lucia, but it is surprisingly one of the most secluded and tranquil beaches on the island. The gorgeous beach is accessed through the Sandals Resort and is sparsely visited due to the beach’s entry being somewhat hidden. La Toc features the silky golden sand of many St Lucian beaches and amazing views of the west coast. This beach is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital town.

La Toc beach, St Lucia

La Toc Beach |© Charles Hoffman/Flickr

7. Anse Chastanet


© St. Lucia Tourism Board

The natural black sands of Anse Chastanet beach reflect the volcanic origins of St Lucia. Anse Chastanet is situated in the heart of the St Lucia marine reserves and is surrounded by most of the island’s coral reefs which are excellent for watersports. Guests can use snorkel equipment on a complimentary basis from the scuba centre at the south end of the beach. Guided boat snorkel trips are also offered. Adventurers from the nearby Anse Chastanet resort flock to the beach daily to enjoy the views of the ocean as well as the Anse Chastanet reef.

Anse Chastanet beach, St Lucia

Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia. |© St Lucia Tourism Board

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