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“Pretty beach with limited snorkeling”
Review of Jalousie Beach

Jalousie Beach
Ranked #22 of 172 things to do in St. Lucia
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Owner description: This white-sanded beach sits right at the foot of the majestic Pitons.
Reviewed 21 April 2014

I was on a RC cruise and took an excursion to snorkel at this beach. It was kind of a long boat ride, 30 minutes or so form the port to the beach. There is some nice scenery from the boat. But, it was still kind of a long ride round trip. On the ride back they served rum punch and soft drinks on the boat. But, the ride is a little bumpy and carrying the drinks was a bit of challenge at times. All of the people working on the boat were very nice and helpful.

The snorkeling at the beach was disappointing. It is a very small area you are allowed to snorkel in, and there were quite a few people snorkeling. So, it was not uncommon to bump into someone else There is only a small pier there, right next to the snorkeling area, so boats were constantly coming and going to drop people off and pick people up.

The beach itself was nice looking, with cute resort area right on the beach. And it is right between the pitons which are spectacular. It is a tropical area. I could see clouds up in the mountains where it was raining, and occasionally rain would blow over to the beach, even though it was always bright and sunny above the beach. It was an interesting trip. Lots of nice scenery, just not so much to see under the water.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

The pristine mountain rainforest environs surrounding Jalousie Beach are very lush, scenic and beautiful. There is jaw-dropping scenery of steep green forested hillslopes backing the white sandy shores between two conical, pyramid shaped volcanic plugs called the Pitons. The large resort complex at Jalousie Beach, or Sugar Beach as it is also called, had imported white sand for their beachfront. Volcanic black sand beaches are common around volcanic islands like St. Lucia, where black silt runs into the sea and is evident along these shores. The consistency of the silt in the seas from volcanic origins seems to make the ocean water darker, emerald green here at Jalousie Beach as opposed to the lighter blue-green seas of many Caribbean areas. The steep sides of the Pitons rise from the shores of Jalousie and descend steeply far below the sea and can be climbed from here. The beach only seems to be a half a kilometer long but the distance from Petit Piton on the right side of Jalousie Beach to Gros Piton to the left is a few kilometers although the illusion makes them seem closer. The roadway at the entrance to Jalousie Beach from Soufriere is very steep and paved from the parking lot area where every vehicle has to stay. The kilometer walk is very refreshing along the steep,forested road down the treed, palm and fern lined pathway where you can also take the rainforest walk. If you buy something at the resort area, get a receipt, as it will give you the opportunity to get a shuttle back up the steep roadway from Jalousie Beach.On the right hand side of Jalousie Beach around the boat dock, is deemed the public beach area, and the beach to the left is the resort beach. The public beach area at the base of Petit Piton has a very good snorkelling area ropped off, which has fantastic views of many colorful, tropical fish species and sealife in the crystal clear, calm waters of this bay in front of Jalousie Beach. This bay. on the western or leeward side of St. Lucia, is generally calm and sheltered. All the beaches on St. Lucia are public access, so you can swim anywhere, but the privacy of some of the resort front waters should be respected. We visited Jalousie Beach on Sun. March 16, 2014, on a tour by land from our ship, after the one and a half hour ride. We asked to be directly driven to Jalousie Beach at 9:00 a.m. to beat the crowds and it seemed to work as the beach was basically deserted and we had lots of room to swim and snorkel for a few hours. The problems encountered by some, like boat traffic,overcrowding and vendors, just didn't happen when we visited, so do your tour in reverse. We had an awesome few hours at the spectacular, scenic, secluded beach on the southwest shores of St. Lucia.If you are in St. Lucia, the trip to Jalousie Beach with the green, mountainous rainforest scenery and the rugged Pitons,is a must adventure whether by land or by sea. The sight of the Pitons, on either side of the white, sandy beach as you stroll beside the emerald green sea washing volcanic sediments ashore below green forested rainforest slopes , will blow your mind. The urge to stand still and praise this panoramic view in a spectacular Caribbean environment is overwhelming and pounds in your heart and soul. This beach on the edge of a natural,remote,succulent rainforest, with a hint of sulphur on the breezes, is exceptional for it's location between the two mountainous spires reaching skyward into the heavens of the Caribbean. If you admire the physical creations of nature in a lush,tropical ecosystem of palms,wildflowers and huge ferns,and the ecology of a rainforested island of pure beauty that tweeks all your senses on an idyllic,colorful, uncrowded beach, this is a must see for the nature lover in you. I highly recommend the visit to Jalousie Beach for swimming,snorkelling and scenery with beautuful photo ops,and feel for yourself the peaceful, powerful experience conjured up inside you while contemplating nature on Jalousie Beach between the majestic, heavenly pointing natural, volcanic formations, as it will move you.

5  Thank Grizeagle
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

we took the family snorkeling here and the road to the beach was long and bumpy. they allowed boats to come right up to the shore and you had to wade through them to get to the snorkeling location. It was scary at times to see how close the motors came to swimmers

Thank Carol P
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

It's a nice view but such a pain to get to that it's not worth it in my mind. If you do go plan on staying all day and spending money there as they won't let you go through their property to get to the beach unless you say you're going to spend money. They never checked so I'm sure you could get away with not spending anything but just so you know. They make you park at a tennis court and then shuttle you down to the beach.

Thank Happycow1
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

This beach is between the Pitons so there are nice views. The beach is in front of a very high end resort but there is an area where there are free beach chairs. The drive is on a decent paved road but it is steep. The snorkeling is nice. Not as many fish as we'd like but nice coral gardens. The resort has you park above the resort, but they do have shuttles to take you down to the beach. There is a nice, short board walk into the tropical forest along the way. The boardwalk ends at the beach. There is a small gift shop and a place to get drinks.

Thank Swim_Bike_Runner
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