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 the southeastern part of Saint George Basseterre Parish, South Friar's Bay is on the South East coast of St. Kitts. You might want whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. South Friar's Bay is a hidden gem to some travelers: it offers an upbeat, social atmosphere, but is never really too crowded. If you're not interested on St. Kitts' completely quiet and hidden beaches, but don't want to fight the crowds every step of the way, South Friar's Bay is worth a visit.

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.

Of course, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on South Friar's Bay, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. Every destination has its own culinary style, and St. Kitts is no different. One of the most memorable places to experience delicious local dishes 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, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. Sometimes, visitors will be able to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You'll find the waters off-shore to be fit for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you want to see the underwater world. 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.

Be mindful that the region in which South Friar's Bay is located is is a much-visited area, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as South Friar's Bay is on the South East coast of St. Kitts. It is near some interesting sites like Royal St. Kitts Casino, which is situated one and a quarter miles to the northwest, and it is one of a few the area's interesting attractions.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting National Museum. This museum is located three and a half miles away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near South Friar's Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Royal St. Kitts Casino Casino 1.3 mi. NW St. Kitts
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

Cities and Towns

South Friar's Bay is close to Frigate Bay, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Frigate Bay is the closest city and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent amount of places to stay within a car's reach. Some of the closest choices can be viewed 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 and Casino 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
Willett's Vacation Great House -- -- Guest house


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to walk to a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the nearest restaurants 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.

Some nearby restaurant options are listed in the following table.

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
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

Needless to say, South Friar's Bay isn't the only beach worth visitng on St. Kitts.

Travelers may also want to consider Frigate Bay South, located within a couple of miles. 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.

While St. Kitts has many alluring attractions, a trip to South Friar's Bay could end up a family favorite.


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