Turtle Beach

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On the southeastern tip of St. Kitts's peninsula you'll find the quiet Turtle Beach, which you'll often have nearly all to yourself, since nearby Cockleshell Bay and Majors Bay take the majority of tourists coming to this part of the island. Its peaceful ambiance and breathtaking views, however, make it more than worth visiting. There is a highly recommended restaurant on the beach as well.

Positioned in Saint George Basseterre Parish, fairly close to St. Kitts, Turtle Beach is on the South East coast of St. Kitts. You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. You will generally find plenty of beach space once you hit the sand, as the beach and the surroundings that call it home are not overly populated.

How to Access The Beach
Take the main road (the only road) that winds southeast down the peninsula. After curving around Great Salt Pond, there is a fork in the road. Take a left, then take your first left after that. This will take you to The Beach House restaurant, and to the beach itself.

Amenities and Ambiance

Turtle Beach is a quiet public beach on Mosquito Bay. Mosquito Bay is one of three major bays on the channel between St. Kitts and nearby Nevis, but because it is on the Atlantic side, the waters can be much rougher than that of neighboring bays. There are many opportunities to see the abundant wildlife on this part of the island, including turtles (as the name implies), hermit crabs, and even monkeys in the interior. In the winter, you may have the chance to spot few dolphins or whales.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This pleasant stretch of sand known as Turtle Beach is on the South East coast of St. Kitts. It is close to Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, which is located five and a half miles away, and it is one of a few attractions close-by.

If you're interested in combining some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting National Museum, a lovely museum found within the range of a taxi, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Turtle Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Royal St. Kitts Golf Club Golf Course 5.5 NW St. Kitts
Royal Beach Casino Casino 5.5 NW St. Kitts
Mapau Casino Casino 7.4 NW St. Kitts
Basseterre Courthouse Historical Site 7.5 NW St. Kitts
Basseterre Library Library / Archive 7.5 NW St. Kitts

Cities and Towns

Turtle Beach is very close to Frigate Bay, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The city of Frigate Bay is close-by and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it's often visited by guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a pretty nice variety of booking options to choose from in the area surrounding the beach. The closest of which are shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Turtle Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Timothy Beach Resort 5.0 NW Resort
Sugar Bay Club 5.2 NW Hotel
Frigate Bay Resort 5.4 NW Resort

Food

Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to walk to an area restaurant, where you can dive into St. Kitts' specialty dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest places to eat is Reggae Beach Bar & Grill. This restaurant serves Caribbean food. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Turtle Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Reggae Beach Bar & Grill (869) 762-5050 Caribbean -- 0.4 mi. SW
Spice Mill Restaurant (869) 469-6455 Caribbean Fine Dining -- --
Lion Rock Beach Bar & Grill -- -- -- 0.6 mi. SW
The Pavilion Beach Club (869) 465-8304 Caribbean Fine Dining -- --
SALT Plage (869) 466-8738 Caribbean Very Casual 2.2 mi. NW
Ship Wreck Bar & Grill (869) 764-7200 International Very Casual 3.9 mi. NW
Carambola Beach Club (869) 465-9090 ext. 9 -- -- 4.1 mi. NW
The Godfather Restaurant & Shisha Bar (869) 466-1940 -- -- 4.2 mi. NW
Mongoose Bar And Grill -- -- -- 4.4 mi. NW
Mr. X's Shiggity Shack Restaurant (869) 465-0673 Caribbean Very Casual 5.0 mi. NW
Sunset Cafe (869) 465-8597 Caribbean, Continental Very Casual 5.0 mi. NW
Boozie's on the Beach (869) 466-8921 American Very Casual 5.0 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them on St. Kitts will have lots of options besides Turtle Beach.

Another location you may want to try is South Friar's Bay, which is located four miles to the northwest. Gorgeous beaches and two very different oceans comprise Friar's Bay, where travelers can find their perfect vacation.

St. Kitts has a lot to offer its visitors, but Turtle Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.

 

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