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9 Incredible Beaches in St. Lucia for Epic Beach Bumming

The beaches in St. Lucia are famous, so spending some time on the stunning sands is obligatory while visiting.

While some stretches of sand may seem private or available only to resort guests, all beaches in St. Lucia are public—so feel free to bask under the sun at any of them!

Remember that while there are gorgeous powdery white sand beaches here, St. Lucia has a range of white and gray sand beaches due to its volcanic history.

The beaches in St. Lucia sure are stunning and unique, as you will soon find out. Here are what I think are the BEST ones to visit.

Most Incredible Beaches in St. Lucia

Before we hop into the ocean and stick our feet in the sand, here are a few tips to keep in mind while visiting St. Lucia’s beaches:

Me with a cocktail at Sugar Beach with Pitons in the distance.
Sipping cocktails at Sugar Beach, this will soon be you!
  • Remember, all beaches are open to the public but many resorts have made them seem like they are totally private. You may even need to “check in” at the resort’s front desk to access a few of the beaches here. So don’t be shy, just say you’re visiting for the day!
  • Bring bug spray if you’re catching sunset, you might need it!
  • Bring your snorkel and mask with you if you plan on swimming with the fish. You can be a bit more spontaneous that way, save some cash, and not have to hunt down a rental that may not always be available at every beach.
  • Bring a hat and sunscreen, it’s hot, hot, HOT!
  • To get to many of these beaches, you’ll have to rent a car and drive yourself. The only other real option would be to book a tour. Public transport isn’t really a thing here.
  • Keep in mind it takes 1.5-2 hours to drive north to south on this island, it’s small, but it’s not THAT small so keep this in mind when planning out your beach days. If you’re in the north and you want to drive south, you may want to make the most of the day and visit a few beaches.
Map of the best beaches in St. Lucia with pin points.
Click the image to view the clickable map of the best beaches in St. Lucia

1. Soufriere Beach (Most Local Beach in St. Lucia)

Parking your beach towel on the sand at Soufriere Beach is the thing to do if you want to experience the island like a local. This gem has yet to be found by large hoards of tourists, but it’s not hard to see why it’s a local favorite.

Soufriere Beach in St Lucia from above showing the Piton in the back and the town below.
Soufriere is one of the most popular beaches in St. Lucia with locals

It’s tucked away near the base of Petite Piton and has incredible views of this soaring peak. It may not be the most secluded or private spot, but there are certainly some good people-watching opportunities and plenty of shorelines to stretch out on.

People swimming and playing on the beach at Soufriere Beach in St. Lucia
People swimming and playing on Soufriere Beach.

I find this spot a bit hard to describe. It’s a happening area, with very lively local life, but at the same, there’s not TOO much here. Places to eat out are a bit scarce as most tourists stick to their resorts and locals cook.

This is one of the most beautiful beaches in St. Lucia but you’ll be hard-pressed to find many tourists here (score!)

2. Anse Chastanet Beach and Mamin Beach

Anse Chastanet Beach is located just north of the Pitons on a quiet and remote cove. Although famed for its epic snorkeling opportunities, Anse Chastanet is also great for its above-water scenery.

Anse Chastanet can sometimes be one of the more active beaches in St. Lucia, so be prepared to share these incredible views as you dip your toes into the volcanic sand. With that said, it’s never TOO busy because the road to get here is a bit hectic. Make sure to take it easy.

Anse Chastanet Beach with boats and a hill in the distance and rocks at the bottom.
Anse Chastanet Beach on a quiet day

It seems like it’s privately owned by the Anse Chastanet Resort, but again, there are no private beaches here, so don’t be bashful; just say hello and notify the front desk you’re here for the day.

For a more remote spot, continue walking to your right and head to Anse Mamin, just about a five-minute walk from Anse Chastanet.

The resort spans both of these beaches, but with the exception of a few beach chairs and a small bar in the back, Mamin looks like it’s a beach all on its own.

Anse Chastanet Beach in St Lucia with a little sailboat on the sand.
Sailboat on Anse Chastanet Beach in St Lucia

Don’t forget a snorkel and hop in right around the rocky areas on the outskirts of the coves to get up close and personal with some squid, eels, turtles, and plenty of fish.

While many photos of this beach will show you the Pitons, you can actually only see them from above if you’re at the resort on the cliff. You won’t see them on the beach level.

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3. Jalousie Plantation Beach/Sugar Beach (Arguably The Most Stunning Beach in St. Lucia)

Jalousie Beach, more commonly known as Sugar Beach, is perhaps the most well-known beach in St. Lucia. If you’re looking for a picturesque beach to lay back for the afternoon, Sugar Beach is the spot!

The white sand beach is nestled between the lush slopes of Gros Piton and Petit Piton, and the bay’s shielded waters are a shocking shade of blue.

Nina walking on boardwalk at Sugar Beach St. Lucia with a Piton ahead.
You can see why I think Sugar Beach is one of the best beaches in St. Lucia

Because the water surrounding this beach is guarded, the life underwater flourishes, making it a favored locale by those seeking to play beneath the surface.

You can snorkel just to the right of the beach. There’s a rental hut, but you may just want to bring your own to the island, so you can hop in any time (for free!)

Sugar Beach in St Lucia with Nina in the water and a mountain in the back.
Sugar Beach is a STUNNER!

Sugar Beach Resort is directly on this beach and also makes it seem like it’s private but as you enter, just tell them you’re visiting for the day. Should you be driving, you’ll have to park in their visitor parking lot and take the steep stroll down to the beach.

Pick them up on their offer for a free ride back to your car. All you need to do is order something from their restaurant and bar. Their drinks aren’t the cheapest, they are GOOD! Then they will give you a shuttle ride back to your car.

Woman snorkeling off Sugar Beach in St Lucia.
Bring your own gear to snorkel right off Sugar Beach

You can plop your towel down anywhere but if you want to rent the chairs they will cost you somewhere in the ballpark of $100 a day! Pretty steep, but you are at one of the priciest resorts on the island, after all.

READ MORE: Sugar Beach, St. Lucia: EVERYTHING You Need to Know!

4. Anse Cochon Beach

Anse Cochon Beach is another one of the remarkable St. Lucia beaches you can visit. It’s a beautiful sandy outpost, a hidden gem. This spot is for those looking to avoid the crowds and seek refuge.

Woman on Anse Cochon Beach in St Lucia with palms to the left.
Head to Anse Cochon Beach to escape the crowds

With that said, this spot is where some tour boats come through, particularly on holidays. Some snorkel tours will also pop by, but in between that, this is a relatively quiet beach. The majority of the people here will be from the Ti Kaye Resort.

A line of anchored boats and people swimming in the bay in front of Cochon beach.
Relaxing place to swim and soak up the sun!

Bring your snorkel and your towel, and post up for the day!

5. Anse Galet

Another relatively quiet St. Lucia beach that’s a local favorite—Anse Galet. This is also a rare finding since this beach DOESN’T have a resort on it!

Google Maps won’t take you the correct way and doesn’t show the road on the map, so head to this pinpoint and turn down this dirt road to reach this beach.

Woman in water at Anse Galet beache in S. Lucia.
Anse Galet Beach is worth discovering

It’s a small and pebbly beach with a small picnic hut, and that’s about it. This is a gray/black sand beach and it’s backed by a small river and a wooded area. The trees here are quite cool, and you can see the roots digging into the bottom of the inlet.

6. Reduit Beach

Reduit Beach is located on St. Lucia’s northwestern coast at Rodney Bay. This beach is much loved by all so you can expect to see others here—locals and tourists alike. Even when it’s busy, this spot rarely feels crowded because it’s so expansive.

Reduit Beach from above. with some hotels to the right peeking through palms.
Reduit Beach is the best beach in St. Lucia for water activities

In addition to all the traditional beach day sports, you can rent a jet ski, check out the Caribbean bars and restaurants that line the shore, visit the splash pad, take an inflatable saucer ride, or simply soak up the fantastic views out to Pigeon Island in the distance.

Colorful beach chairs on Reduit beach with waterpark in the background.
I sense playing at a waterpark, tubing, and sunbathing in your near future.

This beach has numerous restaurants and resorts on it so there’s no “private entrance” or anything, you can simply park here if you’re driving.

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7. Pigeon Island National Landmark

Exploring Pigeon Island National Park is one of the best things to do in St. Lucia. Most visitors do the park’s land-based activities like hiking to Signal Peak and wandering Fort Rodney’s historical ruins—which are fantastic and certainly worth a visit.

Nina getting in the water at Pigeon Island National Landmark Beach in St Lucia.
Peace and quiet at Pigeon Island

However, don’t miss out on the reserve’s two secluded beaches. If you love swimming, the warm water here will be just right for a nice dip.

The views are also pristine, and the peace and quiet here is a far cry from some of the island’s busier sandy strips; I’m really not sure why, though!

Hills and beaches at Pigeon Island National Park.
You can even see other beaches to enjoy from the top of Pigeon Island!

As you enter the park, head to the left and you’ll find two beaches. The first is often the busier one but the second one is just a few minutes more walking.

The second beach is a great spot to dunk in and snorkel with marine life beneath your toes—just hop in at the second beach and snorkel to your left or right. Try beyond the pier to your right as well, though don’t go out too far as there is a current.

Food at Jambe de Boi restaurant with the ocean in front of the table.
Fantastic food at Jambe de Bois

You’re probably hungry by now! The Jambe de Bois Restaurant serves up some tasty fare. They have fresh fish, local callaloo soup, traditional curry rotis, and more. It’s a great midday stop after exploring and swimming around Pigeon Island National Park.

8. Gros Islet Beach

Gros Islet Beach offers up soft sand, beautiful blue waters, and incredible views from every angle. It’s not too busy and you can find quiet little corners easily.

Gros Islet Beach.
Head to Gros Islet Beach for sunsets

In addition, it also has some of the best sunsets in St. Lucia. So whether you’re here for a beach day and stick around to watch the sun go down or seek it out solely for its vibrant evening color show, do not miss a sunset at Gros Islet Beach!

9. Calabash Cove (Personal Favorite Beach in St. Lucia)

If you’re staying at the luxurious Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, you’ll have a gorgeous secluded beach pretty much to yourself.

Again there are no private beaches here, but this one truly feels like it is. Luckily I stayed here, so I felt right home at this beach!

Jetty and beach St. Lucia's Calabash Cove.
Calabash Cove is my pick of the best beaches in St. Lucia!

Surrounded by lush foliage and stunning mountain views, this white sand beach is as beautiful as it is intimate. This is not a famous St. Lucian beach at all but in a good way! If you want some peace and quiet during your beach day, there’s no better place.

Not to mention this resort is one of the best places you stay in St. Lucia. It’s a five-star adults-only resort that offers great value for your money.

Path to Calabash Cove with Nina walking down and towards the ocean.
BRB, heading to the beach!

The service is immaculate, the food at the on-site restaurant is to die for, the rooms are everything you need and want, there’s an on-site spa, and they will even book you on any tour you desire around the island.

Did I forget to mention the free water activities on the beach for you to play with and the massive infinity pool with swim-up bar?! Honestly, this resort and this beach in St. Lucia were my favorites!

Woman in pool using a unicorn floaty and holding a drink at Calabash Cove in St Lucia.
Just me, my drink, and a unicorn!

Where to Stay in St. Lucia

I have a whole article on where to stay in St. Lucia, but here are a few quick favorites depending which area of the island you’re at.

I hope this helped you find some favorite St. Lucia Beaches to check out during your visit!

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