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Kayaking on Choc Bay

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St. Lucia may well have some of the most varied and dramatic coastline of any island in the southeastern Caribbean. This allows for a range of kayaking that can take you from wide open bays to exploring more secluded, mangrove-covered inlets and coves, or even close to the base of the dramatic Piton mountains on guided paddles. Although we were not able to take advantage of some of these more challenging and longer outings on our own visit, we found the kayaking at Choc Bay, located between the capital of Castries and Rodney Bay on St. Lucia's northwestern coastline, to be a pleasing session out on an expansive and pristine bay fronting the Caribbean.

Being on the Caribbean side, you encounter almost calm surfaces and always easy currents along Choc Bay while closer to the shore. The bay is about two miles from one end to the other, with Vide Bouteille Point at its southern extreme and Labrelotte Point at its northern side. Our resort was closer to Labrelotte, and our allowable range for kayaking only spanned somewhat beyond the actual frontage of the resort, which was still a nice stretch. To the left and southwards, most notable on the horizon will be an interesting looking islet called Rat Island. We were told there are actually no rodents, it was a private retreat and off-limits at the time to curious kayakers, so we did not head far in that direction.

Taking off from the beachfront along our resort, the waters remained an almost consistent gorgeous pale-to-medium acquamarine with very little chop to them as we went less than two hundred yards offshore and paddled south, then turned back and headed north taking a slightly closer route to shore to make land at the northern end. Just beyond the resort beach was a small inlet and strip of sand where you can pull up and relax for a while. It is fringed by mangrove and thick brush, and an idyllic stop to enjoy any beverage or snacks you have brought along. For more adventurous kayaking, you can contact the outfitters at Anse Chastanet on the island's other side for guided outings into some of the more undeveloped or uninhabited coastline, but absent that Choc Bay provides a basic and very scenic outing to acquaint yourself with St. Lucia by kayak.

Written by  Hal Peat.

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