Beaches on St. Kitts

Enjoy the black, grey, or golden sands that line the beaches of St. Kitts and Nevis

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The islands of St. Kitts and Nevis are both home to incredible beachfronts. You'll even find sand in multiple colors. Grey and black volcanic sands line some shores, while others are edged with golden sands – of course, all are shared by the Caribbean's turquoise waters.

While the waters of the Caribbean are known for their quieter qualities, as well as their color, the winds and waves of the Atlantic are known to be a bit harsher. Travelers can find plenty to enjoy on both the windward (Atlantic) and leeward (Caribbean) sides of the islands, but the waters of the Atlantic make the surf a bit harsher on these coasts.

Beaches Map

For many, these bigger waves are no problem, and can even be a blessing. Body surfing and windsurfing are a couple of the popular watersports at some of the beaches facing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, the quieter Caribbean waters allow bathers and families to relax in the gentle surf.

Another pleasant surprise for travelers to St. Kitts and Nevis may be the relatively laid-back atmosphere of most beaches. Even beachfront resorts are few, so you don't need to worry about finding a stretch of sand that hasn't been built up. Many of the most populous beaches have only a few restaurants or hotels to detract from the incredible scenery.

Both on the beach and in the water, travelers will find plenty of activities. Snorkeling is popular, but so is horseback riding. And, of course, sunblock and a beach towel are all many sunbathers choose to bring along to these beaches.

The hardest choice you'll make may be whether to visit one of the golden sand beaches, or one lined with volcanic black sand. Some might feel the solution is simple: Try one of each! But, as always, the choice is yours.

Pick Your Ideal Beach

You'll find several beaches to consider on the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of the beaches, if some of the people in your group are so inclined. For more detail concerning a specific beach just click on the names of the ones you want to learn more about.

Frigate Bay South

Majors Bay: Take the main road (the only road) that runs to the southeastern part of St. Kitts. As you circle Great Salt Pond, you'll reach a fork in the road.

Another alternative that beach-goers can consider is White House Bay. Snorkelers frequent White House Bay on St. Kitts' southeastern peninsula more often than beachgoers. The shores are rocky, so even swimming isn't particularly popular.

Turtle Beach: On the southeastern tip of St. Kitts's peninsula you'll find the quiet Turtle Beach, which you'll often have nearly all to yourself, since nearby Cockleshell Bay and Majors Bay take the majority of tourists coming to this part of the island. Its peaceful ambiance and breathtaking views, however, make it more than worth visiting.

The beaches on St. Kitts are shown in the following chart.

Beaches On St. Kitts
Name Location Coast
Banana Bay 7.1 mi. Southeast of Central Basseterre South East
Cockleshell Bay 9.1 mi. Southeast of Central St. Kitts South East
Conaree Bay 2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Basseterre East
Dieppe Bay 1.7 mi. Northeast of Central Heldens North West
Frigate Bay North 0.5 mi. East of Central Frigate Bay South East
Frigate Bay South 0.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Frigate Bay South East
Great Salt Pond 4.0 mi. Southeast of Central Frigate Bay South East
Half Moon Bay 2.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Basseterre East
Majors Bay 8.6 mi. Southeast of Central St. Kitts South East
Pump Bay 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Sandy Point Town North West
Sandbank Bay 4.1 mi. Southeast of Central Frigate Bay South East
South Friar's Bay 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Frigate Bay South East
Turtle Beach 9.2 mi. Southeast of Central St. Kitts South East
White House Bay 3.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frigate Bay South East
Willets Bay 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Heldens North West

Bear in mind that St. Kitts is home to other attractions. To read more about other attractions for St. Kitts, visit this page.


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