Reduit Beach#2 in Best Things To Do in St. Lucia
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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.
You'll find Reduit (pronounced "red-wee") tucked away on the island's northwest side; Pigeon Island National Landmark is visible from its shores. The beach is free to access 24/7, though it's best avoided at night. If your resort or hotel does not offer shuttle transportation to the beach, it's best reached by car or taxi.
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#1 Pigeon Island National Landmark
Pigeon Island can appeal to an eclectic mix of travelers. You could get a history lesson about the landmark's previous occupants (including a pirate with a wooden leg) or learn more about the formation of the man-made causeway that currently connects the island to the mainland. You could also attend a concert (this is the site of the annual St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival) or explore 18th-century military ruins, including Fort Rodney, which affords panoramic views of the ocean and Rodney Bay. There are also two beaches and a few restaurants situated within the 44-acre national landmark.
Recent travelers highly recommended a trip to Pigeon Island. Many were fascinated by the history of the area, with informational signs posted throughout the area. Others raved about Fort Rodney, saying views at the end of the hike – which some found to be a bit strenuous – were well worth the climb. There are also some uncrowded beaches, which many visitors enjoyed. Travelers recommend going early in the morning as the lack of visitors made it feel like they had the whole island to themselves.
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