A popular mile-long stretch of pink sand beach off South Road in Paget Parish, southeast-facing Elbow Beach gets its name from the curve defining its shoreline. Several resorts sit along the coast here, which makes for stretches of beach that are private up to the high tide line – but also lots of amenities, including restaurants and beach bars. You’ll find full restrooms as well as changing facilities along the beach. Due to a coral reef and a shipwreck just offshore, it’s a popular beach for snorkelling and can get crowded in summer. Seasonal wind conditions make this beach an ideal kiteboarding spot during the winter months.
- Conditions are best December through May, when winds generally blow steadily at speeds ranging between 15 and 25 knots (27.78 and 46.30 mph)
- Ideal winds blow ENE through SW
- The wind is steadily side-shore, side-on or side-off December through May
- Bottom is generally sandy, though a coral reef just off shore keeps the surf calm
- For intermediate to advanced kitesurfers only; this beach is not for beginners
- In summer, this beach can get too crowded with swimmers and snorkellers
- Bring a wetsuit when boarding in cooler winter temperatures