Cockleshell Bay

One of the best beaches on the eastern peninsula, Cockleshell Bay is becoming a popular hang-out and picnic destination, particularly during holidays. The bay's calm, clear water has also made this a favorite spot for swimmers. For refreshments, head to the Reggae Beach Bar & Grill, which serves tasty food and ice cold drinks.

Set toward the southeastern outskirts of Saint George Basseterre Parish, in the vicinity of St. Kitts, Cockleshell Bay is on the South East edge of St. Kitts. You might think about stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Travelers in search of a tranquil, secluded setting might really enjoy an afternoon at Cockleshell Bay.

How to Access The Beach
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. Going right will take you to Majors Bay, and going left will take you here to Cockleshell Bay and to the adjacent Banana Bay.

Amenities and Ambiance

Cockleshell Bay is located on the southeastern tip of St. Kitts directly across from the island of Nevis. The sandy white beach lies unmarred by large hotels and resorts, preserving its natural beauty. Lush vegetation covers the interior, while rolling hills seem to stretch on endlessly. The powder-white sand, along with stunning views of nearby Nevis, are additional draws to this secluded spot.

There is also a great restaurant right on-site if you're interested; many find it the perfect, convenient solution for lunch. Every nation has its own unique cuisine, and St. Kitts is no different. One truly memorable place to experience the local specialties is right on the water. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

One obvious convenience is this beach's picnic facilities, which make beach dining less messy, and are good spots for lounging.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. This beach is a popular hangout for local college students, who are drawn by the beautiful setting, the clear, shallow waters and the adjacent bars and grills. If you visit during one of the busier times and decide to look for a quieter spot, you can try going to the beach at nearby Banana Bay.

Hidden away, Cockleshell Bay as well as its conveniences are a good choice among tourists hoping to be free from the busy beaches, as it happens to be found in a calm area. And as such, you will generally find all amenities open to use, not having been scooped up by others.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Cockleshell Bay on the South East coast of St. Kitts; the area is home to other attractions such as Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, which is five and a half miles to the northwest of this spot.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting National Museum. This museum is located seven and a half miles to the northwest, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available on St. Kitts. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Cockleshell Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Royal St. Kitts Golf Club Golf Course 5.4 NW St. Kitts
Royal Beach Casino Casino 5.5 NW St. Kitts
Mapau Casino Casino 7.2 NW St. Kitts
Basseterre Courthouse Historical Site 7.3 NW St. Kitts
Basseterre Library Library / Archive 7.3 NW St. Kitts

Cities and Towns

Cockleshell Bay is close to Frigate Bay, so walking the city is a definite option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Frigate Bay, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of hotels which can be reached in the car. A list of the closest options have been displayed in the table below.

Accommodations near Cockleshell Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Timothy Beach Resort 4.9 NW Resort
Sugar Bay Club 5.1 NW Hotel
Frigate Bay Resort 5.3 NW Resort


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest places to eat is Spice Mill Restaurant. The restaurant features Caribbean food.

The table below lists nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Cockleshell Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Spice Mill Restaurant (869) 469-6455 Caribbean Fine Dining -- --
Lion Rock Beach Bar & Grill -- -- -- 0.1 mi. WSW
Reggae Beach Bar & Grill (869) 762-5050 Caribbean -- 0.2 mi. E
The Pavilion Beach Club (869) 465-8304 Caribbean Fine Dining -- --
SALT Plage (869) 466-8738 Caribbean Very Casual 2.1 mi. NW
Ship Wreck Bar & Grill (869) 764-7200 International Very Casual 3.9 mi. NW
Carambola Beach Club (869) 465-9090 ext. 9 -- -- 4.0 mi. NW
The Godfather Restaurant & Shisha Bar (869) 466-1940 -- -- 4.1 mi. NW
Mongoose Bar And Grill -- -- -- 4.3 mi. NW
Mr. X's Shiggity Shack Restaurant (869) 465-0673 Caribbean Very Casual 4.9 mi. NW
Sunset Cafe (869) 465-8597 Caribbean, Continental Very Casual 4.9 mi. NW
Boozie's on the Beach (869) 466-8921 American Very Casual 4.9 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Cockleshell Bay doesn't suit their tastes.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Frigate Bay North, located a quick car or cab ride away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at Banana Bay. You'll find it a half mile to the south west.

You may also want to consider Turtle Beach, located a half mile to the northeast.

Cockleshell Bay could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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