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Shell Beach

Gustavia, St Barthelemy
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Gustavia
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming
Owner description: This beach is littered with shells for that perfect vacation memento.
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming
Owner description: This beach is littered with shells for that perfect vacation memento.

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Sutton on Sea, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

We knew st Bart's was going to be expensive, but €26 for two diet cokes and a water! She'll beach was amazing, the snorkelling next to the rocks was fab, we even saw barracuda beneath us. Not a beach for small children, the shells can hurt your feet, and emerging for the sea like Halle berry does not happen here,... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We tendered off our cruise and walked to Shell Beach. It was quite picturesque and there are sooooo many shells. There is a restaurant there but we did not try it. Water was warm clear and very few rocks. St Barts is a very expensive Island, but beautiful.

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Weston, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

A short walk from where the cruise ship tenders in. Follow the signs or ask a local. I found them to be friendly and helpful. Bring your towel, take a stroll on the beach or just dive in to the crystal clear Caribbean water. One of the prettiest beaches I have ever seen. St Barth was my favorite stop on... More 

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Knoxville, TN
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167 reviews 167 reviews
52 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Shell Beach is just that...full of shells...most of the time. We have been to the island 3 times and twice we have found great shelling. The water is also as beautiful as it gets. You need to pick your times, as it can get a little crowded, but if you are fortunate to go at a slow time...you will really... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

As a worldwide beach estimator, I cannot rate this beach more than this. While this is the closest beach within walking distance from St. Barth port (if you get there by ferry fro the day), I'm afraid it's not a beach worth of tourists' time. It's a very small bay, mostly made of crushed shells (so quite painful for your... More 

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San Jose, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This beach could not be more befitting of its name--it is made up almost entirely of shells. I've never seen anything like it! Walking and laying on the beach is not the most comfortable, but the beach is beautiful and is an easy walk from downtown Gustavia and the boat dock. There is a beach restaurant and restroom facilities available... More 

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New York City, New York
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75 reviews 75 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

How wonderful it would be if there was a beach near every main town. Shell beach is conveniently located in Gustavia. Like the name, the beach is all shells: 75%. Definitely bring water shoes. It's a great cove to snorkeling. The water is shallow and drops so probably not great for children and those who want to "play" in the... More 

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Mid Atlantic
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It's sand at the waterline, then it's literally an entire beach made up of all small shells. It's fascinating and worth the short walk from town. From the town dock, it's 5 minutes at a slow walk. Not where you would want to spend a full day, but worth an hour or so

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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267 reviews 267 reviews
66 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Lots of shells as the name states, it was ok. Nothing spectacular. The mountains surrounding the beach made for a nice view.

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This beach is covered up to a foot deep with small shells. Somewhat uncomfortable on the feet. You have to venture to the base of the cliff to see some sand and this is where everyone lays out their towel to sunbathe. Because this is a French island, don't be shocked by nudity. Water was excellent, even in late October,... More 

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