The National Conservation Authority (NCA) works assiduously to maintain the cleanliness and safety of its beaches through its Beach Management program. This extends from the construction and care of beach facilities including comfort stations to the removal of derelict objects from the beaches.
The Google Map below, shows the location of the various beaches in St. Lucia that are maintained by the NCA. Pictures of the beaches are included with each marker on the map. For your continued safety when using the beaches:-
- The Red Markers on the map indicates the dangerous beaches in St. Lucia. These beaches are considered to be High-Energy (Dissipative) Beaches generally characterized by rough water and/or strong currents. These beaches are potentially dangerous. Particular caution should be taken when visiting them.
- The Green Markers on the map indicates the location of NCA’s maintained sites and lookouts located around the island.
- The Blue Markers on the map indicates the Low-Energy (Reflective) and Intermediate (Bar and Rip) beaches which are generally characterized as safe/calm beaches.
What is a Beach:
A beach is a geological land form which consists of loose particles such as rocks, sand, gravel, pebbles. Our beaches in St Lucia are composed largely of biological organisms such as mollusc shells and fragments of coral.
These beaches are formed in coastal areas where waves and currents deposit sediments which then build up over time.
Types of beaches
These are the three main beaches types found here:
High-Energy (Dissipative) Beaches – These beaches are characterized by small sandy areas and large waves. They are usually wide and flat. They are called dissipative beaches because wave energy is spread across the land area.
Low-Energy (Reflective) Beaches – These beaches are generally more protected with smaller waves. They are usually characterized by gravel like sand which makes them steeper.
Intermediate (Bar and Rip) Beaches – These beaches have medium sized waves. They frequently change their physical shape due to wave and current action.