An eastern Caribbean island nation home to the iconic Pitons and lush rainforests, St Lucia presents you with some of the most spectacular scenery to explore on your luxury holiday.

During your exploration, you’ll discover sandy shores and tropical waters from which you can enjoy an array of excellent experiences – including various watersports and private cruises. Spanning 158 kilometres, the picturesque coastline harbours over a dozen beaches. From snorkelling at Anse Chastanet Beach to kayaking at Sugar Beach, you’re really spoilt for choice.

But where are the best beaches in St Lucia? And what experiences are they best known for?

Here are some of our favourites.

1. Cariblue Beach

Vibrant greenery and azure waters surround the sands of Cariblue Beach at BodyHoliday.

Located on the northern tip of the island, these tropical shores are a haven for the world-weary. Hear the softly hushing palm trees while relaxing before setting off towards the Seaside Boardwalk, where the excellent Water Sports Centre provides a host of exhilarating watersports. You can go windsurfing, water skiing or kayaking, making use of the hotel’s classes to hit the waves confidently. Enthusiasts of all levels from around the world come to do so every year!

On top of this, there’s also a PADI dive centre and ASA-Accredited sailing school. Discover local coral reef teeming with marine life underwater and the crystal blue Caribbean Sea above water.

2. Sugar Beach

Set between the UNESCO-listed Pitons and 100 acres of tropical rainforest in the southwest, the stunning Sugar Beach is perfectly placed for you to immerse yourself in St Lucia’s beauty.

Whether you want to relax with toes in the sand or go hiking around the two mountainous volcanic plugs, you have plenty of options to reconnect with nature. There are many more activities designed for the whole family too. Scuba diving and watersports are great for those who are active while the glass-bottomed boat ride offers a clear view into the Caribbean below. If you visit between October and February, you can even go on a whale watching catamaran.

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3. Smuggler’s Cove Beach

Enjoy a ‘toes in the sand’ moment while listening to the gentle lapping of the waves at Smuggler’s Cove Beach. Located below Cap Maison, these shores are home to excellent water conditions for kite surfing. You can even do watersports like paddle boarding and kayaking.

The ‘Naked Fisherman’, a restaurant situated right on the beach under a thatched Caribbean style roof, serves up mouth-watering cuisine at their state-of-the art barbecue and grill. Signature dishes include Ceviche of Reef Conch and Ahi Tuna with a mango balsamic jus.

4. Windjammer Beach

The 1,500-foot-long beach at Windjammer Landing Resort & Residences is a tropical paradise, fringed by leaning palms on one side and tranquil waves lapping up the sands on the other.

Complimentary non-motorised watersports, including windsurfing, tubing and Hobie cat sailing, are a great way to enjoy the Caribbean. In addition, the all-inclusive plan allows you to go water skiing and wakeboarding for an added element of excitement during your luxury break. To complete your experience, the resort offers a romantic candlelit dinner in their beach gazebo. As the sun sets, tuck into your mouth-watering meal, cooked to perfection by the skilled chef.

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5. Anse Chastanet/Anse Mamin Beaches

Discover two spellbinding beaches while staying at the one-of-a-kind Anse Chastanet.

From either Anse Chastanet or Anse Mamin, you can head underwater on a snorkelling adventure to the shallow fringing reefs along the shore. Complimentary windsurfing and sunfish sailing is available at the watersports centre, so you can extend your time on the azure waters. While back on the sands, your beach butler will always be on hand to provide their exceptional services to make your day extra therapeutic – including a relaxing foot massage if you so wish.

Cross over from Anse Chastanet to Anse Mamin via coastal walkway. This beach is the quieter, more romantic of the two, its sands edged by a gently curving cove backed by a lush rainforest.

Best time to visit St Lucia

The best time to visit St Lucia is between February and May.

February to May is the latter half of the dry season, a period characterised by its dry weather and high average temperatures of 30°C. Visiting in these latter months will provide the best weather, with less chances for it to rain and more perfect sunny days almost guaranteed.

However, be aware that this peak season is the busiest time to visit. Beaches will not be as quiet and spaces at hotels and resorts may be limited. That’s why it’s best to book early in advance.

Whereas in the rainy season, also known as off-peak season, you’ll have a more peaceful experience as crowds tend to avoid the wetter weather. This takes place from June to November.

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Discover and Experience the Best Beaches in St Lucia with Inspiring Travel

Luxurious holidays to this idyllic island are incomplete without sitting back and relaxing on the sun-soaked shores. By speaking with our Travel Specialists, you can discover and experience the best beaches in St Lucia, adding them to your tailor-made itinerary.

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