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St Lucia Beaches & Activities

January 19, 2016 -

St Lucia Island Beaches

There are many things to do on our St Lucia island beaches. All beaches are all open to the public and offer great beauty and diversity. Popular 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). Some of the best beaches in st lucia include Reduit, Pigeon Island 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.  Balenbouche has the best st lucia black sand beach. Our favorite (non-resort) St Lucia beach is Vieux Fort (Anse de Sables) and Laborie. If you’re looking for more remote St Lucia island beaches, try Honeymoon Beach or Anse L’Ivroigne. However, beware of currents at Honeymoon beach. Whenever venturing off the beaten path, always travel with at least one other person, 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

St Lucia Water sports

Kite and wind surfing is offered by Kite Surfing St Lucia at Cas en bas beach in the North. The Reef  Beach Cafe at Anse de Sable next to the International airport is a popular wind and kite surfing spot in the South.

Kayaking & paddle boarding can be done  at The Reef in Vieux Fort, Salt Rush cafe in Laborie and Sugar beach in Soufriere. Kayak St Lucia and Jungle Reef Adventures are based at Anse Chastanet resort and also offer diving and mountain biking. DFH Kayaking offers tours out of Marigot Bay.

Parasailing, Water skiing and Jet Skies are more difficult to find, unless you are staying in Rodney Bay or at a resort which offers it.

The Splash Island Waterpark at Reduit Beach in Rodney bay offers fun for the whole family.

There are many Boat and Catamaran Tours offered, including fishing trips and whale and dolphin watching. Here are just a few: Mystic Man out of Soufriere and Nerv’s Catamaran out of Laborie (book through Coconut Bay or your hotel) Endless Summer cruises, Spencer Ambrose Boat tours, and Hackshaws boat Charters.


Diving and Snorkeling

St Lucia offers many scuba diving and snorkeling spots along the west coast, including reefs, wrecks, walls and caves. 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. All divers need to be accompanied by a licensed guide. As elsewhere, 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.


Turtle Watching on St Lucia Island 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, 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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