Anse Mamin

Anse Chastanet Beach, St Lucia

Saint Lucia’s many tranquil coves, wide bays, and marine reserves are prime for underwater exploration. The waters off Anse Chastanet and Anse Mamin beaches are filled with colorful tropical critters—sergeant majors, needlefish, parrot fish, and more. This rich environment benefits from roped-off sections of the reef that allow marine life to thrive. The base of the Pitons is home to a variety of corals and vividly colored tropical fish. Another popular snorkel stop is off the tiny beach of Anse Cochon, where you might get lucky and spot seahorses. Most hotels and beaches offer snorkel equipment for rent.

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The terrific Anse Mamin beach is walking distance from Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts. The beach is rarely crowded, and the calm turquoise waters and towering palm trees are hard to resist. Take refuge under a thatched seating area with loungers (for a fee), and splurge on lunch at the pricey beach bar, which offers tasty burgers, salads, and cocktails. Or just throw down your towel and enjoy the scenery, swimming, and snorkeling for a no-frills afternoon.

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