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Best St. Kitts Beaches Near the Cruise Port

St. Kitts beach
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Some of the best beaches near the St. Kitts cruise port at Basseterre are not on St. Kitts. Instead, they are on the nearby island of Nevis.

Fortunately, Nevis is a quick boat ride. One shore excursion operator offered a five-hour tour that cost about $55.

Still, St. Kitts does have some beaches available as shore excursions or via taxi rides. Visitors to the St. Kitts cruise port won’t find any beaches within walking distance. They more likely will take a 10-minute taxi or shore excursion bus to reach the island beaches.

Some beach visits are available in combination with sightseeing. Another operator offered a three-and-a-half hour tour that visits Brimstone Fortress among other destinations and ends at either Cockleshell Beach or South Friar’s Beach.

Another available shore excursion is a full-day visit to the beach at the Marriott Royal Beach Casino hotel.

The beach is four miles from the cruise port. The $113 price includes chair, umbrella and access to the pool but not lunch or other amenities. It’s a quicker choice than Nevis, but Nevis beaches are quieter, better and less expensive.

Marriott Resort beach
Marriott Resort beach. Credit: Pixabay license

St. Kitts has a good number of interesting attractions, but it is not as known for its beaches as other Caribbean islands. But visitors can still find a few more worth exploring. They include the following, which are accessible via taxi or an excursion bus.

Frigate Bay: Frigate is a small beach about a 10-minute taxi ride from the cruise terminal. It also is nearest to the cruise port.

Frigate is a family-oriented beach ideal for water sports, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, etc. Moreover, various hotels including the Sugar Bay Club and the St. Kitts Marriott Resort are there. Our visit to Marriott showed that the beach is simply adequate compared to other Caribbean beaches.

South Friars Bay: The bay is a sheltered area five miles south of Basseterre. It is about a 13 minute taxi ride.

At Friars, the water is calm, but the atmosphere is usually quite upbeat.

Cockleshell Beach: Cockleshell is a secluded stretch of powder-white sand located along South Peninsula; considered one of the best on the island. The beach is two miles long and neighbours some other well-known beaches.

Cockleshell also offers a view of St. Kitts’s sister island of Nevis. It is a trendy place featuring popular local nightlife activities as well as other means of socialising with visitors and locals alike.

The beach is 10 miles or 20 minutes from the cruise port. So getting to a better beach will cost more in time and money.

Other St. Kitts Beaches

South Friars Beach
South Friars Beach is mainly known for water sports. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license

Old Road Bay: Old Road offers a unique experience for those who like hiking, biking or walking. The beach is normally frequented by visitors interested in the natural landscape or the history of the scenery.

Historic sites within the environs includes the settlement of Sir Thomas Warner, various Carib ruins, and the well preserved Brimstone Hill Fortress and Romney Manor.

Turtle Beach: It’s necessary to make a distinction between Turtle Beach and Turtle Bay (situated on the northern coast). Turtle Beach is located in southern St. Kitts and is a great place to experience island cuisine while baking ion the sun.

The beach featured, among other things an excellent restaurant known as ‘The Beach House’.

Dieppe Bay Beach: Imagine a secluded, palm-lined, black sand beach with calm waters and a serene atmosphere and you would have imagined Dieppe Bay Beach.

The tranquil atmosphere and calm waters position Dieppe Bay as a perfect location for bathing, and frolicking.
The area is also home to a variety of marine life, making it suitable for snorkelling.

Pump Bay: Pump Bay is a great beach for a family outing. With its shiny black sand that invites so many visitors to the shore teeming with marine life, it’s a great place to snorkel and swim in the safe enclave of shallow waters.

Conaree Beach: Like Pumb Bay, Conaree is overlaid with grey-black sand and beautiful rock formations. Activities such as bodysurfing and snorkelling are popular at here.

Overall, St. Kitts offers exceptionally clean and peaceful yet exciting beaches. Whether visitors find themselves in the north or along the south, the island offers really phenomenal visits with tropical splendour.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
December 12, 2023

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