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Address: Rue des Normands (South Western End), Gustavia, St Barthelemy
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming
Description: This beach is littered with shells for that perfect vacation memento.

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A snorkel joy

This beach certainly lives up to it's name! It can get a bit rough walking on the shells but if you take it slow (or if you have foot gear on) it is fine. There is a great place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Stafford, Virginia
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Stafford, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This beach certainly lives up to it's name! It can get a bit rough walking on the shells but if you take it slow (or if you have foot gear on) it is fine. There is a great place to get some food and the snorkeling is really nice here. Just be patient when looking for parking:)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

It was close to town and very convenient. Do Brazil is a great restaurant and has a nice view of the ocean.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Amazing sunsets! Shell beach is the most unique beach on the island. Grab a cocktail and watch the sunset.

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great place to spend the day. Have lunch at Do Brazil on Shell Beach, go for an afternoon swim at Shell Beach, and then head to the shops in Gustavia! Makes for a great St.Barth's day.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Being the closet beach to Gustavia makes this the beach tourists and day-trippers might go to. It is not much of a beach and there are several good beaches to go to. This is a beach to augment Do Brazil's atmosphere only.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We may be spoiled because we first visited Shell Beack 30 years ago when it was literally covered in shells from one end to the other and had no amenities on it. Today there are bars and restaurants and most of the shells have been washed away except for a small area. The only good thing about it is that... More 

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The beach is nice but the shells make it very hard to walk on I ended up cutting myself pretty bad. Be very careful if you decide to come here especially with kids.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is the most unique beach I have been to. The beach itself is made up of tiny shells which are hard to walk on, not great for laying on, but so beautiful that it is a must see on any trip to St. Barth's. It is walking distance from the cruise port and the journey takes you along a... More 

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Lovely sheltered beach within easy walking distance if you are cruising. Water was lovely too. Beach made up of mainly very small pieces of shell but was not rough on your feet.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Perfectly pristine beach. A must visit when in St. Bart's. Good people watching and near stores and restaurants where you can prepare your picnic for the day.

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Address: Rue des Normands (South Western End), Gustavia, St Barthelemy
Location: Caribbean  >  St Barthelemy  >  Gustavia

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