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Address: Rue des Normands (South Western End), Gustavia, St. Barthelemy

This beach is littered with shells for that perfect vacation memento.

This beach is littered with shells for that perfect vacation memento.

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Shell jackpot

I love looking at small shells so I am largely biased, but if you love little shells you will love this beach! The water is calm and you can snorkel around the rocks. Cliffs and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Seattle, Washington
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Los Angeles, California
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not with all the other great beaches in St Barts, nope, cannot recommend this one. Actually had a bad smell to the water and not even close to the turquoise waters of the nearby beaches...much better choices available close by

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Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I love looking at small shells so I am largely biased, but if you love little shells you will love this beach! The water is calm and you can snorkel around the rocks. Cliffs and rock surround the beach. It's hard to describe so I included a pic! The sand isn't soft or fine sand, but it is ok because... More 

Thank Wmelinda
Geneva, Illinois
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656 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's called shell beach as there's really not sand there, it's all ground up shells. So you might want to wear boat shoes when on the beach and in the water. The beach is just a short walk from downtown Gustavia, and is really beautiful. There's a gradual dropoff, the waves aren't too bad, and I guess the ladies can... More 

Thank larryd6578
Dallas, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not your ideal beach for sunbathing due to all the shells but it's very unique and in a calm bay for the kiddos. It's right outside Gustavia and Do Brazil restaurant is right on the beach

Thank mr_hand
Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beach was a short walk from the port. Read about it in an Off The Beaten Path book. Well worth the visit. The shells are literally everywhere yet did not make it an uncomfortable spot to lie down. The water was amazing, warm, calm and clear. The little restaurant was not cheap, drinks were expensive, food was pretty pricey... More 

Thank ByeByeMissAmericanPi
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely gorgeous. If you have never been to a shell beach before I highly recommend seeing this one. The tranquil, unique sound of the waves retreating from the beach is alone worth the visit. The view and seclusion is another. A short, comfortable walk from the main port is well worth your time to relax on Shell Beach.

Thank Ryan G
Cali, Colombia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The color of the water is unbelievable. NIce and calm to have A good swim excellent for Children. We had lunch at Dao Brasil and had a wonderful time. The beach is small and right next to Gustavia. I definitely recommend you to visit it when at St Barts

1 Thank jcbueno1
Charleston, SC
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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Closest to the ferry terminal. If you have and knee or leg issues. You are going to trudge up a steep long hill both ways. The beach itself is nice but a quick drop off into the bay and soft sand. Again because of the knee I had some difficulty getting in and out. Others did not have that problem.... More 

1 Thank Cultural-Chameleon
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

At first when I heard that the beach was made entirely of shells I anticipated having to wear shoes entire time, but I was proven wrong. The beach is small, secluded and book-ended with beautiful rocks and cliffs. The beach is indescribable. Just gorgeous and intimate. There is also a cool restaurant/bar on the beach that does not interfere with... More 

1 Thank Kerri S
Woodhaven, New York
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

We took a day trip from St. Maarten. I immediately thought of going to the famous Shell Beach. Gorgeous beach with tons of shells everywhere you walked. There's a restaurant on the beach that owned beach chairs and umbrellas. They were charging $20 per chair so of course we didnt take them. There were some couches under an umbrella that... More 

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