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St. Lucia beaches are a dime a dozen, but none are quite as loved (by travelers and locals alike) as Reduit. The expansive shoreline, glorious sunsets and close proximity to the bars, restaurants and shops of Rodney Bay make for an easygoing beach experience. Adjacent to the Rodney Bay Marina, Reduit is also a great place to try water sports like windsurfing and waterskiing (though several recent visitors said the Jet Ski rental was a scam). What this beach is not ideal for, however, is honeymooners. As the most popular shore on St. Lucia, it goes without saying that this isn't the spot for a romantic rendezvous.
Recent visitors loved Reduit Beach's cleanliness, white sands and clear water. The most common gripe among travelers was the daily onslaught of cruise ship crowds; visit in the morning or evening to avoid the afternoon rush. Some travelers also complained of pushy vendors that troll the shore, adding that a respectful decline can go a long way.
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Arguably the best beach on St. Lucia for snorkeling and diving, picturesque Anse Chastanet is a more peaceful alternative to the sands of Reduit Beach. If you're indecisive about lodging, you should consider the nearby resort of the same name. Recent guests appreciated its attentive staff and unspoiled views of the water. Even if you don't stay at the nearby resort, you can still use its on-site restaurant and dive shop, or visit its on-site bar.
Visitors who ventured to Anse Chastanet for snorkeling said they were impressed by the clear water and were delighted by the abundance of sea life so close to the shore. However, some travelers were disappointed with the inflated food and drink prices and the conditions of the access road, which some described as difficult to navigate (though many arrived by boat via a snorkeling excursion).
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There's a reason Hollywood comes calling to Marigot Bay (scenes from the original "Dr. Doolittle," starring Rex Harrison and "Firepower," starring Sophia Loren, were shot here). It's because this gorgeous shore, just south of Castries along the central western coast, is idyllic Caribbean: complete with swaying palm trees, anchored boats, and white sand beaches. Visitors describe Marigot as romantic and it's true that it's more blissfully quiet than jumping Reduit – making for a great escape.
Recent visitors' experiences varied by how close they got to the bay. Those who saw Marigot Bay from the surrounding hills were in awe of its beauty, while others on the ground had different impressions. A handful of travelers were disappointed by the lack of beach space and quickly grew bored from the few restaurants and shops in the area, saying if you don't have a boat docked or aren't staying at a nearby resort, there's not much to do.
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The Castries Market has been the capital city's local food and flea market for the last century. Open every day except for Sunday, locals gather to sell homegrown produce and spices as well as St. Lucia-stamped souvenirs for tourists.
The Castries has been a hit or miss for travelers. Some recent visitors were delighted by their experiences and enjoyed interacting with local vendors to buy unique items, such as fresh coconut and handcrafted woodworks. However, other visitors said some aggressive vendors they encountered hindered their ability to fully enjoy the market. Most travelers agreed though that there isn't a lot of diversity in the market, as many of the vendors, especially those in the craft market, sell much of the same items.
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