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.
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.
There are an abundance of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of the beaches, for visitors who enjoy this relaxing pastime. Just click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that beach.
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.
A second place for beach-goers to 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: Take the main road (the only road) that winds southeast down the peninsula. After curving around Great Salt Pond, there is a fork in the road.
The beaches on St. Kitts are listed here:
|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|
If you are looking for more attractions beyond this category, you should look farther afield. For more information on other attractions for St. Kitts, visit this page.
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