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 Lion Rock Beach Bar, which serves tasty food and ice cold drinks.

Located in Saint George Basseterre Parish, in the same general area as St. Kitts, Cockleshell Bay is on the South East edge of St. Kitts. You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying very close. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches on St. Kitts. While Cockleshell Bay may be a little bit out of the way, it allows travelers to truly relax and claim their own space on the beach.

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. 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 snack bar here. On some days, it may be possible to order lunch from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

Picnic tables are on-site——great for full-fledged lunches or afternoon snacks.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Travelers will often find themselves spending time at both Cockleshell Bay and its "twin" Banana Bay.

Beach-goers that plan to utilize the conveniences extended at this location, shouldn't worry; Cockleshell Bay is located in a region which is not generally considered a tourist area. With that fact in mind, no matter the time you arrive, since there's little chance that you have to race with any other guests who might want access to the amenities located here.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South East coast of St. Kitts. It's located near Royal St. Kitts Casino, which is located five and a half miles away, and it is one of the the area's interesting attractions.

Some may think that beaches and museums are an odd combination, but at least a few travelers find that museums like National Museum (found a relatively brief cab ride away) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new perspective of St. Kitts.

If a visit to the Cockleshell Bay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Cockleshell Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Royal St. Kitts Casino Casino 5.4 NW St. Kitts
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

Cities and Towns

Frigate Bay is the closest town and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to visitors from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a reasonable selection of hotels within a car's reach. Some 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


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without having to go far. One of the closest restaurants is Spice Mill Restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

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
Turtle Beach Bar and Grill (869) 469-9086 International -- 0.4 mi. NE
The Beach House (869) 469-5299 Caribbean, Creole, Eclectic Fine Dining 0.6 mi. NE
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
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

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on St. Kitts besides Cockleshell Bay worth visiting.

You might also enjoy Frigate Bay North, found a brief car or taxi trip away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at Banana Bay. It's found a half mile to the south west.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is 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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