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Inexpensive ways to get to nicest swimming beaches?

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Inexpensive ways to get to nicest swimming beaches?

Hello! We are cruising to the following ports in April 2012: Aruba, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St.Vincent, Dominica. We will be at each of these ports about 8 hours. We mostly like beautiful white sand & safe beaches that we can easily get to from the port where our cruise ship docks. Is there a very nice swimming beach we can walk to from the ship? We don't mind long walks and hiking- as long as it's safe. Our favorite activity is to swim in beautiful, clean waters at pristine beaches. Any nice beaches to walk to from the cruise port? Also, we like to have shade available, trees or umbrellas to rent. We look forward to hearing from you!

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1. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to nicest swimming beaches?

There are no beaches you can walk to from Port Zante.

I highly recommend going to beautiful Cockleshell Beach. It is 30 minutes from the port where you can stop at Timothy Hill where the Caribbean and Atlantic meet.

On the beach you can relax at Spice Mill Restaurant www.spicemillrestaurant.com and enjoy the breathtaking views of Nevis. Your driver will bring you back in time to board your ship.

Please note that our beaches have brown sand not white as we are a volcanic island.

Edited: 6:12 pm, March 20, 2012
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2. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to nicest swimming beaches?

Like SpiceSt _kitts said there are no beaches within walking distance of the cruise ship dock.

The three best beaches for "day trippers" are:

Frigate Bay - about 10 minutes by taxi from the cruise ship dock this Caribbean side beach has relatively calm waters and is known locally as "the strip" because it's home to several different beach bars and is within walking distance of the Marriott Resort, Timothy Beach resort and several condo developments. There's some snorkeling near the rocks at the end of the beach.

South Friars Bay - this stretch of relatively calm water beach is also on the Caribbean side where you'll find the famous Shipwreck Beach Bar and the brand new upscale Carambola Restaurant. Again, you'll find some limited snorkeling around the rocks at either end of the beach. This beach is about a 15 minute ride from the cruise ship dock. If you want "heavy surf" you can easily walk (about 7 to 10 minutes) across the road to access North Friars Bay which is on the Atlantic side where you'll find lots of wave action. There are no facilities on North Friars beach and be warned the water can be quite rough at times.

Cockleshell Beach - on the southern tip of St. Kitts this calm water beach is about a 25 minute drive from the cruise ship dock. Here you'll find Reggae Beach Bar, Lion's Beach Bar, Bobsie's Beach Shack and Spice Mill Restaurant. You can rent Hobie Cats, kayaks, jet skis, go horseback riding and take tubing and Banana Boat rides. There are fantastic views of Nevis just across the Narrows. There's limited snorkeling around the rocks at either end of the beach. This beach is very popular with cruise ship passengers because of easy access to all the facilities and water sports.

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3. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to nicest swimming beaches?

Thank you very much for the great information!

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4. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to nicest swimming beaches?

Hello! In the reviews, I read about a $4 shuttle from the cruise port to South Friars Beach. Can you please provide info about that -- where to catch it? company name or vehicle description, (so we can find it)? Do they run on a schedule?? How to catch it for the return? Any downsides?

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5. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to nicest swimming beaches?

same question above as JJandT. Thanks

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6. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to nicest swimming beaches?

JJandT and kullamon - you are a little confused. There's no "shuttle service" to South Friars Beach (or any other beach for that matter). You have to take a taxi and the one way fare is $16US for up to 4 people. If you have 5 or more people in your group, the one-way fare is $4 per person - in other words 1 to 4 people = $16US, 5 people = $20, 6 people = $24, and so forth. That's probably where you got the $4US figure. To avail yourself of that fee you have to form your own group.

You'll find plenty of taxis waiting at the cruise ship dock - any of them will be glad to take you to South Friars Beach - for your return simply tell the driver what time you want to be pick up and he'll come back and get you or if you have a cell phone ask the driver for his number and give him a call when you are ready to go back to your ship. if you choose this approach allow enough time, I suggest 20 to 30 minutes, for the driver to get from where he might be when you call to S. Friars Beach.

Edited: 3:11 pm, March 30, 2012
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