We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
708
All photos (708)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“reggae bar”(46 reviews)
“an umbrella”(56 reviews)
About
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
81°
72°
Jan
81°
72°
Feb
81°
72°
Mar
Contact
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Cockleshell Beach
from $135.00
More Info
from $68.00
More Info
from $90.00
More Info
Reviews (1,052)
Filter reviews
958 results
Traveler rating
415
336
147
38
22
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
415
336
147
38
22
Show reviews that mention
All reviews reggae bar an umbrella chairs and umbrellas great views of nevis jet ski aloe vera cab ride calm waters st kitts clear water cruise ship caribbean side white sand beautiful water water shoes conch fritters paddle boards
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 958 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were advised to go to this beach as it was a long beach with plenty of space. Well this "plenty of space" was filled with deck chairs from one end to the other with people. I wanted a beach with few people and miles...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Louisezone
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice clean sand, clear blue water and gentle seas. Many things to rent if you want water activities. Plenty of food and drink and I highly recommend the $2 Caribe! Vendors weren’t too pushy. My only complaint is that the beach was pretty congested. As...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank leahb908
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely beach, good amenities. There are two good restaurants with rentable chairs, reasonably priced. Water is very calm...on the Carribean side of the island. No snorkeling because there is nothing to see.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank curley6710
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our cab driver took us to Cockleshell Beach for a few hours of beach time. There are several restaurants along the beach, various vendors, and ladies offering massages with Aloe Vera plants. You can rent jet skiis. The views of Nevis and the ocean are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank goldendiv
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Crystal clear water not crowded has rentals chairs and umbrellas friendly people who don't harass you while on vacation trying to sell you stuff like some places I've been

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Dianasdeals
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the top beaches in St Kitts but very very crowded when there is a cruise ship in harbour. White sand! A few restaurants including “ lions bar”, sugar mill and the restaurants at reggae beach.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank FactChick
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were here two days during our 7 day St Kitts trip. Best beach we found... loved Spice Mill! Be aware, the beaches are public so you will be approached by locals selling things, offering massages or just wanting you to take pictures with a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MomGL
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Atlantic side of the island was horrible. This was the ideal spot to spend a day. We hit up spice mill and Reggae beach and both were fun . the water was perfect and renting chairs was easy. a must see

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank billo986
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been to st Kitts three times in the last 12 months when the cruise ships we're on have stopped off for the day and each time we've chosen to spend the day at Cockleshell Beach at the bottom end of the island overlooking Nevis....More

Date of experience: December 2018
4  Thank steve k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved finding a place that came from good reviews (on this website!) and support the reviews. We were dropped off at Reggae Beach (same as Cockleshell Beach), walked down beach and away from the jet skis and boats to an uncrowded part of the beach....More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Robert D
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 10 nearby hotels
Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour
234 reviews
.40 miles away
Oualie Beach Resort
426 reviews
2.51 miles away
The Mount Nevis Hotel
211 reviews
3.51 miles away
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
1,005 reviews
4.03 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 135 nearby restaurants
Spice Mill Restaurant
780 reviews
.20 miles away
Reggae Beach Bar & Grill
887 reviews
.06 miles away
Mundo Water Sports Bar & Grill
11 reviews
.06 miles away
Lion Rock Beach Bar and Grill
111 reviews
.17 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 173 nearby attractions
St.Kitts Water Sports
421 reviews
.05 miles away
Lion Rock Beach Bar
29 reviews
.20 miles away
Turtle Beach
47 reviews
.52 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Maria Rona B
October 18, 2018|
Answer
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
2
Votes
bryceland51
May 16, 2018|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from mntraveler49 | Reviewed this property |
Cab fare was about $30 one-way. Each chair was $10 and an umbrella was $5. Water toys were $15+. I think boogie boards were $15 for 30 mins, paddle boards were $25/30 mins., jet skiing was $65/30 mins. We didn’t arrive... More
1
Vote
rayzel
January 23, 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Pandabuddie | Reviewed this property |
10 dollars each for sun lounger and umbrella
0
Votes
Travel Forum Posts
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...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...More