St Kitts Beaches
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St. Kitts Beaches
St. Kitts is known for its
verdant tropical landscape and incredible scenic beauty rather than beaches
consisting of wide monotonous swaths of white sand. St. Kitts beaches have a
quaint pristine nature all their own combined with a romantic cove like quality, the availability
of snorkeling directly off shore and South Pacific type splendor including both magnificent
views of the beaches and commanding views from them.
The compendium of St. Kitts beaches below
represents a tour from Frigate Bay southward along the South Peninsula Scenic
Highway to lands end in Major Bay. The road to this area was completed around
1990, so in many cases little has changed until now. Thoughtful development for
tourism is now beginning for this area, but it has been both a privilege and the
opportunity of a lifetime to see these beautiful undeveloped beaches of St.
Kitts. If you visit before it is too late you may still find a
beach all to yourself.
Frigate Bay to
the South Peninsula
Beach (The Caribbean Beach)
– Timothy Beach Resort rests
at the southeast end of this quarter mile stretch of golden sand. Rooms are
perpendicular to the crystalline turquoise waters meaning that all but the
mountain view rooms have sunset views from their balconies or patios. Along
the cliffs immediately to the left of the hotel is a lovely natural reef area
with a healthy variety of fish and other sea life. South Frigate Bay Beach
also hosts the water sports concessions for all of Frigate Bay. Located
adjacent to Timothy Beach Resort, it couldn’t be any more convenient. At
the end of the day the Dock Bar offers happy hour Monday - Friday. On
Sunday evenings, for your listening and dancing pleasure, there is a rotating
schedule of live bands immediately following the Sunday Night West Indian
North Frigate Bay Beach (The Atlantic Beach)
– A lovely beach just a 7 minute walk from Timothy
Beach Resort at its nearest point. The waves are a bit rough at times, but this
is a good beach for longer strolls. The best snorkeling is available at the far
end near some deserted white condominiums with red roofs, known as Palm Bay. A
car is recommended for the 5 minute drive or half hour walk to this snorkeling
site. There are some very nice coral formations and a number of small fish to
be seen in this area. There are rows and rows of coral parallel to the shore
which tame the Atlantic waves, but absolutely stay within the innermost layer
for safety’s seek. Remember this rule and enjoy. There are true stories of
experienced divers having immense difficulty returning to shore from the other side of the
South Friars Beach
– When our guests wonder what is
on the other side of our mountain, this is the answer. Another lovely quarter
mile golden sand beach on the Caribbean, the far end is particularly nice with a
few palm trees and some rustic beach bars. A reef runs all along the shore
and you must first swim over it to enjoy snorkeling immediately on the other side. As at
other snorkeling spots, please watch out for sea urchins and an occasional
lionfish, neither of which will bother you unless you bother them. Snorkeling may
also be found in front of the Shipwreck bar
at the furthest south end. At the north end of South Friars is a new upscale
restaurant named Carambola. This beach is a favorite stop for the five mast ships.
North Friars Beach
– Not for snorkeling or swimming, this beach, just across
from South Friars on the Atlantic side, has rough waves, pounding surf and rocky reefs close to
shore. Despite this it might be nice for
a short walk to enjoy the solitude. Watch for the areas where your feet sink
deeply into the sand and be careful to not disturb the nesting sea turtles,
which are an endangered species.
White House Bay
– located at the base of the last high hill on the
South Peninsula Road and on the Caribbean, this beach is a popular spot for
the mooring of yachts. “Beach” is used loosely in this instance for bare sand
is truly at a premium. The shores are very rocky (coral), but the beauty is in
the sea. Have your mask, fins and snorkel gear ready. This is your
opportunity to search for the remains of a Spanish
galleon from the 1600s. If you have no luck, don't worry - most of it is
in the National Museum on Bay Road in Basseterre. Recently, an upscale beach
bar named Salt Plage has been built in this area, but snorkeling is still very
good and immediately off shore.
Sand Bank Beach – located on
the Atlantic side just slightly beyond and opposite White House Bay. Truly this is one of
the most enchanting beaches on St. Kitts. Located in a small Atlantic
facing cove, the length is once again about one fourth mile. There is a
moderate walk from the parking
area. The waves and wind can be rough, but the sand is lovely, while the water
is shallow for a number of yards off shore. Make sure to secure your
belongings high on the beach so that they don’t disappear with high tide.
Also, beware of the potential for a riptide and remember to remain calm and
swim parallel to shore to escape, should the need arise.
– Take the next paved
road off to the left beyond Sand Bank and continue straight toward
Beach. The ruins of an old hotel are to the right
and directly on the beach is the lovely Spice Mill restaurant, owned by the
publisher of the St. Kitts Visitor magazine
More golden sand beach is off to the left where you will find the popular
Reggae Beach Bar at the far end. The owners of the well known
Beach bar moved to this new
location in late 2008. Snorkeling may be
found along the hill to the left.
– Begin on the same road to Cockleshell, but take a turn to
the left after about half a mile. Now
home to the very upscale Beach House restaurant where you can dine in elegant
natural surroundings with a superb view of Nevis. To the
right of the Beach House about 30 yards from shore are some lovely
reefs. Try to plan this outing for a less
windy day for best visibility while snorkeling. If you plan in advance, you
may be able to treat
yourself to lunch at the Beach House while you are there.
– This is the last beach at the end of the South
Peninsula road. The car ferry to Nevis,
completed in 2009, is at this location.
There are some abandoned barges which were used for dredging the deep harbor
in Basseterre and in the past the
sea bed was home to starfish. Remember taking
live shells, including starfish, is prohibited.
Other Beaches About St. Kitts Island
To the north there are black sand volcanic
beaches, the color of which is the result of volcanic eruptions occurring
hundreds and thousands of years ago. Many of these beaches are adjacent to small
towns or fishing villages and have been frequented for
centuries. Many beach lovers describe black sand, but to really understand it, stop at the Golden Lemon in
the far north town of Dieppe Bay during
your island tour to see what black sand is really like. It is exactly as it
sounds – not gray, not brown, but black. It has a striking beauty in its'
own right - a don't miss while visiting St. Kitts.
Guide to St. Kitts
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