Saint Lucia Tourism Authority Shares The Island's Top 5 Beaches
Anse Chastanet Beach
The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority has compiled a list of its top five favourite beaches to soak up the sun on a visit to the island. Views of the turquoise bays, colourful fishing boats, unspoiled beaches, and the iconic Pitons all played a role in selecting these top-ranking Saint Lucian beaches.
Anse Des Pitons
With a crescent of imported white sand, Anse des Pitons is set dramatically between the soaring Pitons. It's overseen by the luxurious Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, but anyone can visit.
Just north of Soufriere, this volcanic sand beach is surrounded by steep, forested hillsides. It is a focal point for the Anse Chastanet Resort, and visitors can use all of the hotel's facilities, including the beachfront restaurant, loungers, and snorkeling gear. In fact, the bay is one of Saint Lucia's best places for snorkeling.
Located just north of Anse-la-Raye Village, Glittering Sands is comprised of two beaches - one for sunbathing and lounging, the second for hosting private events. The beachfront facility includes a bar, restaurant, gift and souvenir shop, watersport desk, washrooms, showers and an outdoor spa just steps from the Caribbean Sea.
Lined by low-rise Rodney Bay hotels, this mile of fine golden sand is Saint Lucia's liveliest and most popular beach. The water is usually calm and perfect for swimming. A variety of watersports are available, including waterskiing and banana boat rides, and there are beachfront bars to settle in with a cocktail. At weekends, locals congregate at the far southern end to picnic and party.
Pigeon Island National Park
Pigeon Island National Park is heralded as one of the most famous monuments of Saint Lucia's history. Here you'll find tranquil sandy strips on the protected, southern side of Pigeon Island. Sun loungers are available for rent and the waterfront café - Jambe de Bois - is perfect for lunch.
At Pigeon Island, visitors can take a walk on the "wet" side with Sea Trek Adventures, a helmet diving experience that gives the sensations of walking in space. Under the supervision of certified Sea Trek Guides, guests can get up close and personal with marine life.