Lorient Beach (also called L’Anse de Lorient) sits on the north side of the island of St Barts between St Jean Beach and Point Milou and is one of the most secluded of all St Barts beaches. The entire beach is protected by an expansive reef system offering excellent swimming and snorkeling conditions—this beach is the best hope for a glimpse of parrot fish and island sea turtles. Seldom crowded and one of the only beaches offering plenty of shade away from villas and St Barts hotels, L’Anse de Lorient is a quiet gem. Standing up above the beach, the views are inspiring, but then again, all coastal views on St Barts are beautiful. Small fishing boats gather in the bay, offering great photo ops and a chance at watching locals reel in their catch. Mostly frequented by locals, tourist masses have yet to discover Lorient Beach.
If a remote and peaceful beach is on top of your list, lodging near Lorient Beach St Barts could be just the thing. Authentic French style, rich history, and luxurious amenities are the main features at Hotel Normandie, one of the oldest island hotels around. With a recent facelift, offering an enviable position only 100 yards from L’anse de Lorient, and within walking distance to local shopping and dining, this hotel has many advantages including affordable rates. Surfers will value the beaches excellent conditions.
Lodging near Lorient Beach St Barts is also possible by renting out one of the local villas either on the beach or nearby. This puts guests in close proximity to several points of interest around Lorient Beach like an old church, two historic cemeteries, and some really good shopping. Surfers are readily drawn to Lorient Beach for the great surf found toward the West. L’anse de Lorient is also the site of the initial French settlement on St Barts so many tourists pop by sightseeing along the beach and inland. Don’t miss special events like January’s St Bart’s music festival, presented in both Gustavia and Lorient, and August’s Fête Quartiers du Vent which features music, a regatta, and fireworks.
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