Every beach on the island including those that are part of the top resorts, is open to the public. The beaches on the western side of the island front the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and are favored for swimming and water sports, while the wild but beautiful eastern side churns with the more turbulent waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Although scenic to explore by horseback or jeep, the western beaches are not preferred for swimming.

1. Reduit Beach

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For the most part, St. Lucian beaches are relatively short, but with five miles of white sand on Rodney Bay, Reduit is the place for a long stroll by the shore and a swim in calm waters. One of the most popular beaches on the island, There are restaurants and vendors renting water-sports equipment and lounge chairs.

2. Jalousie Beach

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The white sand, clarity of the water, and stunning setting between the twin Gros and Petit Piton volcanic peaks make this beach south of Soufrière a favorite spot for sunning. Snorkelers and scuba divers come for the adventures to be had at the 1,800-foot dropoff at the base of the Pitons. 

3. Anse Chastanet

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With a sharp dropoff, coral reef and sea walls, this beach affords snorkelers and divers many opportunities for viewing the vivid ocean life without ferrying out to deeper waters by boat. The natural black sand reflects the volcanic origins of the island. 

4. Pigeon Island National Park

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Quiet and uncrowded, this beach on the north end of the island is the place to combine sunning and swimming with a visit to a mini-museum and a climb to a vantage point to see the historic Fort Rodney ruins and views of distant Martinique. Two eateries stand ready to fill visitors' needs, and there's a rum bar (of course) in the underground warren beneath the fort. Pigeon Island also serves as the venue for the world-famous St Lucia Jazz festival each spring.

5. Grande Anse

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Soon to become part of a new national park, this mile long stretch of beach north of Dennery is set against a backdrop of cliffs in an area that was once a plantation. Now, visitors come for Turtle Watch, where they can see the natural wonder of endangered featherbacks (think Crush from “finding Nemo”), the largest of sea turtles, heaving themselves out of the water and onto the beach to lay their eggs.


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