South Friar's Bay

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From swimming and snorkeling on the south side, to body surfing on the north, Friar's Bay offers plenty of activities to visitors. The powdery sands on both sides are perfect for sunbathing. Many locals consider the southern beach the best on the island, and with multiple beach bars, there are always plenty of food and drink options available.

Located in Saint George Basseterre Parish, South Friar's Bay is on the South East coast of St. Kitts. You might want even if you are not staying particularly close by. While South Friar's Bay is not the most hidden spot on St. Kitts, it retains the right amount of intimacy and natural beauty to attract small crowds.

How to Access The Beach
Heading southwest from Basseterre toward the peninsula, you'll find a roundabout which will put you on the only road that goes to this part of the island. The road will wind quite a bit, and you'll take your second right. This will put you at the most popular spot on the beach, and walking to the left will take you to more secluded areas.

Amenities and Ambiance

Friar's Bay is divided into two beaches, one on the Atlantic, and one on the Caribbean. Both feature fine sandy beaches. North Friar's Bay, on the Atlantic, has more turbulent waters. South Friar's Bay, on the Caribbean, has gentle waters and is considered to be the better beach. Additionally, the salt pond and mangrove swamp at South Friar's Bay features an interesting variety of native flora and fauna, and is a good destination for bird-watchers.

There is also a great restaurant right on-site if you're interested; many find it the perfect, convenient solution for lunch. There are many types of dining experiences to be had on St. Kitts, but eating at the beach can be especially fun. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy. On some days, it may be possible to buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface. Friar's Bay is popular among tourists, but you'll find locals here also. Fisherman can be seen on the Caribbean side and sometimes you can get them to take you out to some of the best snorkeling spots.

Since South Friar's Bay can be located in an area commonly frequented by travelers, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the South East coast of St. Kitts. It is near some interesting sites like Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, which is within a distance that tourists could probably walk or take a cab to, and it is one of a few area's attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to National Museum. This museum is located just a brief cab ride away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near South Friar's Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Royal St. Kitts Golf Club Golf Course 1.4 mi. NW St. Kitts
Royal Beach Casino Casino 1.4 mi. NNW St. Kitts
Mapau Casino Casino 3.3 mi. WNW St. Kitts
Basseterre Courthouse Historical Site 3.4 mi. WNW St. Kitts
Basseterre Library Library / Archive 3.4 mi. WNW St. Kitts
Co-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Historical Site 3.4 mi. WNW St. Kitts
Independence Square Historical Site 3.4 mi. WNW St. Kitts
Spencer Cameron Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.4 mi. WNW St. Kitts
National Museum Museum 3.4 mi. WNW St. Kitts
The Circus Historical Site 3.5 mi. WNW St. Kitts
Berkeley Memorial Clock Monument 3.5 mi. WNW St. Kitts
Warner Park Sports Complex Sporting Event Venue 3.5 mi. WNW St. Kitts

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Frigate Bay, a town which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good amount of lodgings within driving distance. A few of the more convenient possibilities have been displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near South Friar's Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Timothy Beach Resort 0.8 mi. NW Resort
Sugar Bay Club 1.0 mi. NW Hotel
Frigate Bay Resort 1.2 mi. NW Resort
Royal St Kitts Hotel 1.4 mi. NNW Resort
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino 1.4 mi. NNW Resort
Rock Haven 1.6 mi. NNW B & B
Bird Rock Beach Hotel 2.0 mi. WNW Motel
Glimbaro Guest House 3.6 mi. WNW Guest house
Ocean Terrace Inn 3.9 mi. WNW Hotel
Park Hyatt St. Kitts 4.0 mi. SE Hotel

Food

Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, within a reachable distance. One of the closest places to eat is The Godfather Restaurant & Shisha Bar. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near South Friar's Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Godfather Restaurant & Shisha Bar (869) 466-1940 -- -- 0.0 mi. NW
Carambola Beach Club (869) 465-9090 ext. 9 -- -- 0.1 mi. E
Mongoose Bar And Grill -- -- -- 0.2 mi. WNW
Ship Wreck Bar & Grill (869) 764-7200 International Very Casual 0.2 mi. ESE
Sunset Cafe (869) 465-8597 Caribbean, Continental Very Casual 0.8 mi. NW
Mr. X's Shiggity Shack Restaurant (869) 465-0673 Caribbean Very Casual 0.8 mi. NW
Boozie's on the Beach (869) 466-8921 American Very Casual 0.8 mi. NW
Vibes Beach Bar (869) 465-8423 American Very Casual 0.8 mi. NW
CIAO Italiano (869) 466-3735 Italian Informal 0.9 mi. NW
Rock Lobster Bar & Restaurant (869) 466-1092 Caribbean Informal 1.0 mi. NW
Bombay Blues (869) 466-0166 Indian Informal 1.0 mi. NW
Pizza Boys Bistro (869) 465-0107 Italian Very Casual 1.0 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Vacationers searching for the perfect beach will have other options if South Friar's Bay doesn't suit their tastes.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Frigate Bay South, which is located three quarters of a mile away. Families with diversified interests, or travelers who like to keep their options open, will delight in the stormy Atlantic and soothing Caribbean waters offered at Frigate Bay.

Of course, St. Kitts has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but South Friar's Bay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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