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Coconut Bay Beach Swimming

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Coconut Bay Beach Swimming

We are heading to St Lucia for the first time during the March Break. We know Coconut Bay has beautiful pools but is the beach okay? Are you able to swim in it or is it too rough?

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1. Re: Coconut Bay Beach Swimming

The beach is great - one of the longest stretches on the island, you can walk for a long, long way. The sea can occasionally be rough - depends on the currents, etc. each day. The resort has installed breakwaters in front of the main beach area for swimming and it's pretty nice. It is the open Atlantic, so it can occasionally have rougher days (no watersports included at all), but overall it's nice for a swim.

Enjoy.

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2. Re: Coconut Bay Beach Swimming

Bon jour Doodie70,

Beautiful swimming spots all along Anse des Sables/Sandy Beach from Coconut Bay and further south where the Atlantic swell is blocked by the Maria Islands...

Usual beach conditions are like this (little wind, no windwaves or sea swell)...

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Or, depending on the weather, like this (winds @ BF 4 or more, breaking wave sets)...

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Bless up! Paul

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This question has been answered completely wrong. You would have to be an expert ocean swimmer or insane to swim in the ocean off Coconut Bay and its complete useless to attempt snorkeling there. The hotel itself admits this to you if you ask. The water is incredibly rough. The only watersports that are advised are kite surfing or paddle boarding and you better be fit and experienced. Much better off taking a sail/snorkel excursion to calmer water on the other side of the island

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4. Re: Coconut Bay Beach Swimming

Eh-eh, Vancouverconsultant... den Looshans of all ages mus be expert swimmers or insane cuz on any weekend you see plenty families takin' a sea bath.

Occasionally and depending on weather / approaching storms the winds can be strong enough to make waves... and that's when the kite & wind surfers head out and the paddle boarders seek shelter.

Also, the snorkeling off the inside coasts of the Maria Islands Nature Reserve is great, though strictly monitored by the St. Lucian National Trust.

Could CB say no swimming because they don't want the liability?

Bless up! Paul

NB: Also, the "calmer waters on the other side of the island" (Caribbean west coast) can occasionally be rough...

Edited: 4:11 pm, January 27, 2014
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5. Re: Coconut Bay Beach Swimming

We just got back from CB last night after a week there. The beach is long and sandy, no rocks at all. There is wind coming off the Atlantic constantly. The water is not calm but you can swim without any problems. We swam there every day. However the water is not clear and is full of debris from the sea grass beds that are on the seafloor. If it not cloudy you can snorkel and there are fish (not a lot) and we even saw lobsters. It is not ideal, but it is OK.

For really neat snorkeling, you should go to Sugar Beach (about 45 mins drive from Coconut Bay). That is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Carebbean IMO.

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