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.

Located in Saint George Basseterre Parish, near St. Kitts, Cockleshell Bay is on the South East edge of St. Kitts. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. This beach is not just another pleasant piece of the coast, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches on St. Kitts. While Cockleshell Bay may be a little more trouble to reach, it offers unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

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 restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Cockleshell Bay at all, it's worth a try. Each country in the Caribbean has its own culinary style, and St. Kitts is no different. One truly memorable place to experience delicious local dishes is right next to the coast. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

Those who wish to eat lunch here will enjoy having access to picnic tables.

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.

Visitors who plan to enjoy the comforts extended here, are in luck; Cockleshell Bay happens to be located in a region that doesn't usually get overcrowded. Taking that into consideration, there's no need to plan ahead the time you arrive, since there's little chance you be forced to navigate around any other beach-goers who might need access to the conveniences that can be found here.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South East coast of St. Kitts; the area hosts attractions such as Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, which is five and a half miles to the northwest.

If you want to learn more about the history of St. Kitts, you won't have to look hard to find sites boasting the colorful history of the nation. One of the nearest historical attractions is Basseterre Courthouse, which is only a car ride away from the coast.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The nearby town of Frigate Bay is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Cockleshell Bay is not near very many major hotels, but you may encounter guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a reasonable selection of lodgings which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient choices are displayed in the table below.

Accommodations near Cockleshell Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Park Hyatt St. Kitts 0.3 WSW Hotel
Timothy Beach Resort 4.9 NW Resort
Sugar Bay Club 5.1 NW Hotel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you won't have to look too far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Spice Mill Restaurant. This restaurant serves Caribbean food.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of St. Kitts, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Another location you might enjoy is Frigate Bay North, located a quick car or cab ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Banana Bay may be just what you're looking for. It's located a half mile to the south west.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Turtle Beach, which is located a half mile away.

St. Kitts has so much to offer, and Cockleshell Bay offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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