SANDY BEACH, VIEUX FORT, ST. LUCIA
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, AVERAGE from 1 to 5: 1
Sandy Beach is located in Vieux Fort, just outside of the center of town. If you are in your own vehicle, there is parking at the beach, however if you are coming down the East Coast of the island on a minibus, access to the beach is just a “stopping here, driver” shout away as you drive around the airport. If you are coming down the West Coast of the island, it will be easier, faster and cheaper for you to walk the mile than taking a bus. Directions are easy, find the round-a-bout in the center of town and follow the highway east. You can’t miss it.
Sandy Beach is a wonderful sliver of paradise. Nestled a mere mile from the second largest city in St. Lucia, Sandy Beach stretches for about a mile and rarely will you encounter a crowd. The main attraction to Sandy Beach is the surfing. Not surfing like surfboards and big waves, but kite surfing and windsurfing. Sandy Beach has been listed as one of the top places for kite surfing in the world.
Since Sandy Beach is on the Atlantic side of St. Lucia, it has the potential for some rougher seas, but a decent swimmer should be alright so long as they pay attention. The beach provides a nice view of Maria Island and a quaint lighthouse on the peninsula at the southernmost point of the island. There are several guesthouses/restaurants along the beach where you can grab a burger and a Piton.
Cell phone coverage all along the beach.
PEACE CORPS PROCEDURE:
-Don’t swim too far out, as currents can be strong
_If you step on sea urchin have another Peace Corps volunteer pee on your foot.
GREGORY MEVES, EC 77
Sandy Beach is a dream of a place. It’s perfect for relaxing when Peace Corps life gets a little too stressful. And between the beautiful water, gorgeous views, food and drinks at The Reef and the occasional French women who think they are sunbathing on the Mediterranean, a good time is sure to be had by all.
JESSICA WUBBENHORST, EC77
I love coming down to Sandy Beach! It’s easy to get to and there is a great restaurant that has very good food and drinks. Nothing beats laying out in the St. Lucian sun!