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.

Which Beaches Are Available?

There are a large selection of beaches to enjoy on the island. Snorkeling is available at some of these beaches, for visitors who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the beach names to read a detailed article concerning that specific beach.

Frigate Bay South

Majors Bay: The beach is a long, beautiful strip of golden sand, some of the best on the island. The water is calm, clear and warm - good for casual swimming and snorkeling, but be sure to bring your own gear.

Another location for beach-goers to consider is White House Bay. There are a number of reasons to snorkel at White House Bay, including sunken ships and a large number of reefs. There's a small boat anchorage, making it a popular destination with boaters, who usually anchor here simply to enjoy the stunning views of the dramatic coastline.

Turtle Beach: Turtle Beach is a quiet public beach on Mosquito Bay. Mosquito Bay is one of three major bays on the channel between St. Kitts and nearby Nevis, but because it is on the Atlantic side, the waters can be much rougher than that of neighboring bays.

Take a moment to look through the table just below to see beaches available on the island.

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

Needless to say, St. Kitts offers other attractions. To learn about more other attractions for St. Kitts, visit this page.


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