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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent a full day at cockleshell beach during our visit to Saint Kitts. The day started with launch at the Spice Mill restaurant, a day of sun and cocktails on the beach, and finished with dinner at the Reggae Bar and Grill. Lounge chairs...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RiceWP
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A must visit while in St. Kitts, it’s 15 minutes from Marriott and a great beach, not a fancy place with gatherings of pretentious people, people looking to enjoy Caribbean life. The views are incredible. Only thing I would say is a little messy and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Antecroat
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Cockleshell Beach is just one of several beaches within 2-15 minutes from the Frigate Bay area of St Kitts. The Caribbean waters of Cockleshell Beach are usually quite calm. You can relax in the casual fun atmosphere by the Reggae Bar and Grill or enjoy...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 222laurenl
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not as the picture shows, but good beach. Long to walk and places along it to sit or drink. Especially busy when cruise ships are in port. Clear waters and visible fish when swimming.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank keswickdoodle
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the taxi to the beach. Lots of beach chairs and umbrellas to rent at reasonable cost. Lots beach shacks to get food and drinks from. The beach does get busy when the cruise ships are in port. So get there early to secure...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank danbarrie2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had at great day at Debbies ‘Lox-Een’ Bar on Cockleshell Beach. So much cheaper and friendlier that the Reggae Bar & Grill next door. Its very rustic and not much sand if you want a bed (beds just $3.00), but run pretty much single handedly...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This a nice beach with a great vibes and spectacular views of Nevis. A lot of good food options on the beach. enjoyed my time here.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank jeromei3205
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great beach for the shell lover. Perfect view of Nevis, but beware of the youngsters playing ball on the other end of the beach. One too many stray balls came over to where visitors were lounging hitting over drinks. getting in to food and being...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Keisa S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Husband and I asked the cab driver for the best beach on St. Kitts. We had been to the island for a land based trip a year prior and just wanted to go to the beach. Upon arrival at about 10am we found that the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Kathi E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As you would expect for a beach in the West Indies however when we went to use the toilet were asked if it was for number one or two's as if was to have a poo they could not be used !

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank lyndon23uk
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hayanee1
February 7, 2019|
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Response from bheath1461 | Reviewed this property |
This is a nice beach with clear water and clean sand with that being said there is a drop off in the water so getting in and out of the water may be an issue for them other than that beautiful beach to spend the day.
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ricmarknic
January 27, 2019|
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Response from MermaidMan | Reviewed this property |
Won’t be a problem. Many vans with multiple seats.
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Maria Rona B
October 18, 2018|
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Response from mntraveler49 | Reviewed this property |
1. No entrance fee- but be prepared to pay for beach chairs/umbrellas. 2. It was our understanding this was a public beach, so should be open most days during daytime hours. *This beach does not have much in the way of... More
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mergall
Seattle
Beaches (2 Replies)
It seems like most of the posts on TA suggest going to Cockleshell Bay beach at the end of a island taxi tour. But isn't that were all the cruise ship people go? Are there any alternative (not that kind of alternative!) beaches on the south end of the island?
March 25, 2013|
Response fromCaribSurfer|
The 3 main beaches on the Southern Peninsula (Frigate Bay, South Friars Bay and Cockleshell) are the only ones with "facilities" (i.e. beach bars/restaurants, chair & umbrella rentals, watersports, etc.) and all are popular with cruise ship passengers. Other beaches on the Southern Peninsula are Whitehouse Bay, Turtle Beach, Sand Bank Bay and Major's Bay but you won't find anything at those beaches except sand & water (no real shade). There are a couple others on the Atlantic side of the...More
lakeviewchicagogrl
chicago, Illinois
Just returned on March 2: Tips (3 Replies)
First of all, I'm going through some major St. Kitts withdrawal! We had a wonderful vacation. We stayed at the Marriott and our luggage was lost. This happens a lot apparently. Keep in mind things don't work down there like they do in the states. Normally, the airline would be responsible to get your luggage to you; however, that doesn't happen in St. Kitts. Marriott tells you that they will check on your luggage the next day, BUT I would highly recommend going to the airport yourself or...More
March 03, 2008|
Response fromtravelhappyfamily|
Thanks for the advice and tips!
Kiwiflyer
Wellington, New Zealand
Too hot in july for Roystons tour (2 Replies)
Hi, I am trying to decide between Royston and Thenford Grey's tour. I am leaning towards Royston, as he seems to be our "type of guy" but since his vehicle is open, will it be too hot for this in July?After visiting Brimstone etc will I be sorry there is no ac? Also, after emailing him he has said he does Friars beach where as Thenford does Cockleshell. What would we miss by not going to cockleshell? It appears to be a "must do" Why? Many Thanks
March 23, 2012|
Response fromCaribSurfer|
South Friars & Cockleshell are two different beaches so if you can't visit both you'll have to choose between them. One is not better than the other, they are just different - you are not missing anything by picking one over the other but rather just getting a different experience. There are people who love Cockleshell and others who are just as passionate about South Friars - no right or wrong answer here - like asking which is the better steak - Rib Eye or NY Strip. Both are very nice...More