5 Beaches in Beautiful St. Kitts & Nevis

5 Beaches in Beautiful St. Kitts & Nevis


The Caribbean is so popular these days that remembering the original flair of the islands is difficult at times. Before tourist-driven commercialization, much of the West Indies lay untouched and offered a sense of adventure and solitude for travelers. If you know where to look, you can find that same atmosphere today.

Part of the Caribbean Leeward Islands, the dual island federation of St. Kitts and Nevis was one of the first places settled by Europeans, and until recently, the islands evaded most urbanization. Raw nature, old fortresses, plantation houses of bygone eras and old Caribbean-style shacks lining the wilderness complement the main attraction: untouched beaches.

Here are five of St. Kitts and Nevis’ most secluded beaches with that old Caribbean flair for the perfect beach vacation.


Majors Bay

Courtesy of Horst Vogel

This quiet, calm beach located just a few yards from the south-east peninsula highway on St. Kitts, is a great place for getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Majors Bay hasn’t changed much over the years—it’s still a strip of golden sand with clear, warm water perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

You won’t find many beach hotels and property development here, but the nearby Park Hyatt St. Kitts beach hotel offers luxury and relaxation just next door on Banana Bay. Sit by the hotel’s elevated pool and take in the unspoiled view of Mount Nevis in the distance.

For dinner, check out the popular local hangout Lion Rock Beach Bar and Gril. Consider Royal St. Kitts Golf Club to unwind, or visit the National Museum at the capital of Basseterre to learn about St. Kitts’ history. Basseterre is also home to the Victorian Berkeley Memorial Clock Tower and other old Caribbean architecture mixed with colonial influence. If time allows, take a hiking tour of Basseterre’s many jungles and volcanoes.


Turtle Beach

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Located just a few miles away, Turtle Beach is even more tranquil than Major Bay. It’s protected from the harsh Atlantic surf by a coral reef, making it excellent for swimming and diving. The large fish population that calls this beach home doesn’t have contact with humans often; you’ll find they swim right up to you in the water! Beautiful Mount Nevis looms across the shore and you can even watch pelicans hunt for fish here undisturbed. You will feel complete serenity here, except for the occasional nesting turtle to keep you company.

The nearby Reggae Beach Bar is located a few steps from the water and lets you sit back and relax with amazing fresh-caught fish and lobster dishes. It also doubles as a water sport center so you can rent a Jet Ski or parasailing gear for your next adventure here.

Be prepared to bring drinks and snacks with you to Turtle Beach. The nearest town is a 20-minute drive but it’s absolutely worth it if you want to see nature in its original beauty!


Cockleshell Beach

Courtesy of Harold Earnshaw

This little gem located on the south-east peninsula gets a little lively during the weekends and holidays, as it’s a popular bathing site for locals and cruise ship travelers. It is famous for its watering holes, two-mile stretch of powdery white sand and excellent bathing opportunities.

The Spice Mill is located right on the beach and prides itself on its authentic and unique Caribbean cuisine and Amerindian architecture. You’ll find yourself right back in the Caribbean’s funky past, with untouched beach views and a bar made from a dugout canoe. You can even charter a boat at St. Kitts Nevis Charters and go on a snorkeling or deep-sea fishing tour.

Want to see more of St. Kitts’ history? The Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is just ashort distance away, featuring an 18th-century colonial fortress built on a steep volcanic hill.


Sandy Bank Bay

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This beach was untouched by humans up until a few years ago, when word of mouth of its beauty started development in the area. This little bay is accessible only by a dirt road and immediately opens up into a mocha stretch of beautiful beach. Sandy Bank Bay is on the Atlantic side of St. Kitts, so the wind picks up here and attracts the occasional windsurfer, but otherwise you’ll have this place to yourself! As you walk down untouched sand, you’ll see Nevis’ rising wood-covered mountains and very few residences in the distance.

The nearby Pavilion Beach Club features old West Indies-inspired architecture and excellent seafood options. You’ll have to drive further for amenities, but consider this beach a must for complete solitude and nice surf. For nearby accommodations, stay just a short drive away at Timothy Beach Resort.


Banana Bay Beach

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Banana Bay Beach is an untouched strip of heaven. Think the Caribbean as it used to be, perfect for sentimental travelers or those seeking solitude from their busy life schedules.

The pristine Banana Bay Beach is close to the Park Hyatt St. Kitts and Cockleshell Beach and features some of the most stunning views of Nevis, complete with coconut palm trees lining its sugary-white sand. This popular but relaxing beach takes a while to get to, but has the nicest sands in all of St. Kitts.

The bay is good for swimming and snorkeling, just be sure to bring your own gear. There are no amenities or major tourist spots on this secluded part of the island and availability for food and drink depends on the season. During busier months or certain times of day, local vendors set up shop right by the water. Check out the local hot spot Chef’s Place for  traditional Caribbean-style cuisine or visit the nearby Spice Mill on Cockleshell Beach.

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