Jalousie Beach is located in a white-sand gem of a bay with a lovely and lively coral reef tucked away in its corners. But if you wish to stay in one of the villas at its Sugar Beach Resort, it will set you back $5,609 a night. That may sound a bit steep, but consider this: a continental breakfast is included.
If that is a bit out of your league, you can stay in one of their spartan Sugar Mill Rooms for only $2,520 per night. The resort still has some of these, reminders of its 18th-century sugar plantation beginnings. All beaches on St. Lucia are open to the public, so you are allowed to walk freely along the shore. You can even make yourself comfortable in one of Sugar Beach Resort’s luxuriously padded loungers, for $50 a lounge.

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This may be one of the most picturesque beaches in the world, on a calm crystalline bay nestled between the dramatic twin mountains—the Pitons— on the south-west coast of St. Lucia. The bay is an hour-and-a-half stomach churning car ride from the capital of Castries, but you can make a day trip by speedboat in half the time. It’s best to arrive early, as the non-resort section of the beach, the part closest to the reef, has a limited number of (free) loungers. One other feature worth mentioning: mid-morning a kayak loaded to the gunwales with fresh mangos, papaya, coconuts, and bananas was paddled onto beach by a local entrepreneur. Another kayak followed, with a folding table, and generator, and a blender. Fresh fruit margaritas were about to happen.

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