Saint Lucia Serves as Backdrop for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

(Ben Watts/Sports Illustrated. On sale now.) Alex Morgan in Saint Lucia on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2019. Photo credit: Ben Watts/Sports Illustrated. On sale now.

Saint Lucia was the setting for the cover of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which includes members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and model Halima Aden, the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini in the magazine.

Saint Lucia welcomed a lineup of players from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team for the location shoot, including Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. The destination, with its signature Pitons and distinct beaches with palm tree-lined coves, provided an eye-catching setting for the 56th annual issue. 

In addition to the Piton mountains, models were photographed among the black volcanic sand beach at Anse Chastanet, the clear waters of Anse Mamin beach, the Toraille Waterfall and the secluded Roseau Beach with its banana fields in the background.


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Marigot Bay Resort and Marina hosted the models and crew, as it served as an ideal jumping-off point to explore all Saint Lucia has to offer, including chartering a private yacht from Marigot Marina, relaxing with a treatment from the resort’s new indigenous spa menu, taking in the views of the bay and lush tropical gardens, basking in the sun at the two on-property infinity pools and enjoying local cuisine at the four on-site dining venues.

Saint Lucia also was featured in the 2014 issue, making this the second time that the destination was chosen by the. Visitors to Saint Lucia can enjoy the natural mud baths, diving and snorkeling, and such natural wonders as the Tet Paul Nature Trail and Pitons.


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