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.

Positioned in the southeastern part of Saint George Basseterre Parish, South Friar's Bay is on the South East edge of St. Kitts. You might want regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. Although South Friar's Bay is not the most secluded beach on St. Kitts, it has just the right amount of private-feel to attract families and couples alike.

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 so many unique restaurants on St. Kitts, but don't think that tables, chairs, and waiters are prerequisites for a great meal. Many visitors, in fact, like having lunch very close-by. 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.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. On some days, it may be possible to order lunch from one of the local vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. 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 will be located in an area commonly frequented by travelers, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the South East coast of St. Kitts. It's located near Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, which is situated a mile and a half to the northwest, and it is among the favorite local destinations.

History-focused attractions such as Basseterre Courthouse are a nice compliment to the scenery of South Friar's Bay, and allow visitors to learn more about St. Kitts, without straying too far from the coastline. In fact, this shore is accessed quickly by taking a cab from this place of historical interest.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby 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

South Friar's Bay is very close to Frigate Bay, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Frigate Bay is nearby and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings.

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent number of places to stay within a car's reach. Some of the closest choices are seen in the following list.

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
Willett's Vacation Great House -- -- Guest house

Food

A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is The Godfather Restaurant & Shisha Bar. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

South Friar's Bay isn't the only beach worth checking out on St. Kitts.

You may also enjoy Frigate Bay South, located only a short distance 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.

There's plenty to see and do on St. Kitts, and paying a visit to South Friar's Bay is just one way you can spend your afternoon.

 

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