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On and near St Lucia Beaches

January 19, 2016 -

St Lucia Beach activities

St Lucia beaches are all open to the public and offer great beauty and diversity. Popular beach activities include Kite surfing, wind surfing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, boating, fishing and whale watching. Some Atlantic coast beaches, apart from the very north (Cas en Bas) and the very south (Anse de Sables) are generally too remote and not safe for swimming (undercurrents). Popular and safe St Lucia beaches include Reduit and Cas en bas in the North, Anse de Sable and Laborie in the South, and Sugar Beach and Anse Chastanet/Anse Mamin on the west coast.  Our favorite (non-resort) St Lucia beach is Vieux Fort (Anse de Sables) and Laborie. If you’re looking for a more remote St Lucia beach, try Honeymoon Beach or Anse L’Ivroigne. However, beware of currents at Honeymoon beach, and whenever venturing off the beaten path, always travel in a group, and take few valuables with you.

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Kite surfing, Sandy beach

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Laborie Beach

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Reduit Beach, Rodney bay

Diving and Snorkeling on st lucia beaches

St Lucia offers a multitude of scuba diving spots along the west coast, including reefs, wrecks, walls and caves. Virtually all the sites are also amenable to snorkeling. The Balenbouche St Lucia Guesthouse is only 40 minutes away from three of the most popular dive shops: Scuba St. Lucia at Anse Chastanet/Jade Mountain, Sugar Beach, and Action Adventure Divers. In the north of the island, there is Scuba Steve’s, and Dive Saint Lucia. Island Divers is located at the Ti Kaye resort in Anse La Raye. By law, all divers need to be accompanied by a licensed guide. As throughout the rest of the world and Caribbean, St Lucia’s reefs have suffered considerable damage from human and natural impacts. However, the island still offers some nice dive locations, in particular some of the deeper sites. The Soufriere Marine Management Area around the Pitons World heritage Site is a protected area.

Kite and windsurfing on st lucia beaches

There are two wind and kite surfing spots in St. Lucia; The Reef Beach Cafe Kite and Surf Spot in the south at Anse de Sable near the International airport, and St. Lucia Kite Surfing at Cas en Bas Beach in the North. St Lucia Kite surfing has become very popular and Anse de Sables st lucia beach is a very popular venue for Kite surfers, including beginners.

Kayaking on st lucia beaches

St. Lucia ocean kayaking is offered at several locations on the east and west coast. Dive Fair Helen offers kayaking vacations and individual tours at Pigeon island, Marigot Bay, Soufriere, Praslin, Savannes bay, Fond D’or and Maria Islands. Jungle Reef Adventures and Kayak St. Lucia are both based at Anse Chastanet near Soufriere.

Turtle Watching on St Lucia beaches

Three confirmed species of sea turtles visit St Lucia, the green turtle, the Hawksbill and the Leatherback, the world largest reptile. The Greens and Hawksbills can sometimes be seen whilst diving and snorkeling; the Leatherbacks come to nest on the islands most remote 2 mile long white sand st lucia beach, Grande Anse Beach, in the north east. St. Lucia has a legal turtle fishing season from October 1 – December 31. Occasionally, between the months of March and August, overnight turtle watching tours are organized by the Desbarras community near Grande Anse in collaboration with St. Lucia Heritage Tours. However, unfortunately, lack of capacity and support for this activity has caused the tours to be largely discontinued due to safety concerns and illegal poaching and sand mining on this st lucia beach.

Boating, Fishing and Whale Watching

Seeing St Lucia from the water is a unique and exhilarating experience. Vessels range from small motorized traditional fishing boats to larger sports fishing boats, catamarans and old pirate sailboats (check out Mystic Man, Eco Dive St Lucia, Hackshaws Boat Charters, and Captain Mikes). The most common fish include Tuna, King fish, Mahi Mahi (Dorado), marlin, Snapper and small reef fish. Fish and ocean life in the Caribbean is not abundant, and there is very little fishing close to shore. The Japanese have a strong involvement in the islands fishing industry. They have donated fishing ports in exchange for fishing rights and St Lucia’s pro-whaling vote on the ICCW. If you oppose whaling practices, you should consider doing a whale watching tour as an economic alternative to fishing; the chances of seeing dolphins is quite high. The most common whale species are pilot whales, sperm whales, humpbacks and false Orcas. The most common dolphins are spinners, spotted, bottle nose and Fraser dolphins.

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