Smugglers Cove

St Lucia

Close your eyes and imagine a hidden cove, framed on three sides by steep sheltering cliffs. You’ve just pictured Smugglers Cove, a secluded crescent of brown sugary sand. It's a small beach that is somewhat dominated by the loungers and cafe from the neighboring hotel but there's still usually room to throw down a towel.

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