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St Kitts Beaches

St Kitts Beaches are a mixture of two different waters; the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. This has created a unique blend of not only flora and fauna but also a different experience to the beaches in St Kitts. The Atlantic end is perfect for surfing and snorkeling while the Caribbean Sea is perfect to just lay back and watch time fade away. To the Sun, sand, sea an enjoyable day with the family, let’s go to the Beach! Clear waters and a laid-back atmosphere.

Cockleshell Bay

Most locals and visitors consider this the best among St Kitts’ beaches.  It has the most enticing views of Nevis , miles of powder white sand and the ultimate area for seclusion. You are sure to find clear, warm shallow waters that are family friendly. This is where the popular Reggae Beach Bar & Grill and Spice Mill Restaurant are located. So in no time, you can walk over for a bite.  It is also a popular area for Water sports such as hover boarding and stand paddle boarding.

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Photo credit: www.traveladdicts.net

Banana Bay 

As is with most of the beaches on the St Kitts peninsula, you will need a vehicle to get to this oasis. However upon arrival, you’ll be met with pristine waters, swaying coconut trees, soft sand and much deserved peace and quiet. If you are up to it, you may dabble into a little snorkeling. The beach boasted a wonderful hotel years ago, but was destroyed by the hurricane that visited St Kitts in 1988.

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Photo credit: www.beach.com

Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach is situated at the extreme end of the South East Peninsula. It is peaceful and boasts beautiful views of our sister island Nevis. The sea may be a little rough and not very suitable for the timid swimmer but it’s a good area to get great pictures.  It houses an excellent restaurant called The Beach House (open seasonally) and the Turtle Beach Hotel.

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Photo credit: www.tripadvisor.com

Conraee Beach

This strip of grey black sand is where the volcanic and the coral features of St Kitts meet. It is ideal for snorkeling as well as body surfing, however due to the turbulent water, may not be suitable for the less experienced swimmer. The area is a bit isolated and depending on the season you may or may not find local vendors selling food for lunch, so pack accordingly. Also, this beach is does not boast a rest room or changing facility.

Conaree Beach- St Kitts

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Dieppe Bay Beach

Dieppe Bay beach is located just on the outskirts of Dieppe Bay Town. It is known for its black sand beach with deep waters and is protected by a major reef, which is perfect for bathing. As home to a variety of marine life, the reef also makes for excellent snorkeling. It is also close to historical landmarks such as the Brimstone Hill Fortress, Fort Charles and Sandy Point National Marine Park. So you are free to go for a dip first or after, the choice is really yours. When you do settle for some sun, you’ll find the tanning process enhanced by the shiny volcanic sand that draws so many visitors to this exotic beach.

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Photo credit: www.beach.com

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is found downwind the Conaree Hills. It is perfect area to see pond and sea birds sighted mostly early mornings and late afternoons. The bay is enclosed by ponds between Half Moon Point and Muddy Point. Since it faces the Atlantic it is perfect for brisk swimming and is suitable for body-surfing. Although there are no facilities on this beach, the serenity is well worth the drive.

Half Moon Bay- St Kitts

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Pump Bay

Pump Bay is located in Sandy bay, 10 miles out of the country’s capital Basseterre to the north western edge of the island. It is a popular area and is perfect for snorkeling and diving. It is particularly suitable for young divers and snorkelers as the seas are less rough here. As this shiny black sand beach lies in the shadow of the Brimstone Hill Fortress it is a perfect break after the hike. There are no public facilities or restrooms available so travel prepared.

Pump Bay- St Kitts

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Turtle Bay

Turtle bay is popular among surfers because of the perfect conditions that allows for the sport. Additionally, it is pretty secluded so there no short of privacy.  Not to mention the great views of Nevis you’ll see as you dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

Turtle Bay- St Kitts

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North Frigate Beach

This beach is very popular as it is smacks on the property of the St Kitts Marriott’s Hotel which is located on the Atlantic side of St. Kitts. You’ll enjoy a relaxing time as well as water sporting activities such as windsurfing and surfing. Facilities are present, so you’re fine for changing and having a bath. Food can be purchased from vendors close by.

North Frigate Bay- St Kitts

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Sand Bank Bay Beach

Sand Bank Bay is situated close to Christophe Harbour, on the south eastern part of St Kitts. The waters are calm even though on the Atlantic Ocean; the rocks on the beach have broken up the waves creating a nice safe area to have some well-deserved sea fun. As with many of the beaches in St. Kitts, this too is secluded and restroom facilities are not present though you may seek access from nearby business places.

Sandy Bank Bay- St Kitts

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South Friars Bay Beach

As the saying goes, no visit to St. Kitts is really complete without making a visit to the South Friars Bay Beach. It is a popular spot not only because it is one of the best beaches in St Kitts, but also because it is home for the popular Shipwreck Bar and Grill. Other establishments such as Bikini Bar and Restaurant, and Sunset Beach Bar to name a few are also located on the beach. The area is very unique as it also holds a mangrove and a salt pond. As such it is a perfect area for watching birds or just for experiencing the features the area has to offer. For that it is referred to a hidden gem, not overly crowded but such a staple destination while on the island.

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Photo credit: budgettravelertips.wordpress.com

South Frigate Bay Beach

This is the most popular beach, mainly because it is the closest of St Kitts’ beaches from the cruise port. The beach is a strip on sand sectioned off on both ends by Sir Timothy’s Hill, giving it a nice cozy feeling. This area is also referred to as the strip as it hosts some of the hottest bars on the island which is popular for tourists and locals alike.

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Photo credit: www.discover-stkitts-nevis-beaches.com

White House Bay

This beach is popular among snorkelers because of its rocky shores. It’s not perfect for beaches but a perfect haven for the fishes. Exploration takes place not only on the reef but also in a sunken tugboat and a sunken British troop ship that sunk during battle. The scenery is also breath-taking, giving clear views of the nearby ponds and of Guana point. It is perfect for a day of relaxation.

White House Bay- St Kitts

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Let’s go to the beach and explore…

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Beers, Hammond and Rum in St. Kitts and Nevis

When coming to St. Kitts and Nevis one often thinks about sun, sand, sea, tropical breeze, cuisine and a few alcoholic beverages in between.

Upon your arrival in St. Kitts you immediately notice the supremacy of Carib beer advertising as it’s displayed everywhere; bars, billboards, buses and even walls. The parent company is located in Trinidad but there’s a local Carib Brewery that produces its trade name beer “Carib” as well as other bottled drinks on the island. This includes ting, shandy Carib, ginseng-up, skol and Guinness just to name a few. Beers are good and refreshing on a hot day but in St. Kitts and Nevis Rum is the word!

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Photo credit: winecompass.blogspot.com

Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum is handcrafted on the island of St. Kitts. The distillery blends only the finest ingredients into an award- winning flavored rum they are spiced, vanilla, coconut and even coffee flavored, also available is coconut rum cream. In 2002 Zach Brinley traded his Wall Street job to become the President of the new rum company and began to market the first batch of vanilla rum which started selling the very same year. Belmont Estate coconut rum was developed by Dr Ian Sangster in his distillery in Kingston Jamaica and produced shortly before his death in 2000. Dr Sangster has shifted production to a small neighbouring island of Jamaica to St Kitts. A subtle hint of oak, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla and a well-tuned alcohol nudge. It has been referred to as candy for grownups.

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Photo credit: winecompass.blogspot.com

Hammond (moonshine) is locally made in small pots still across the island of St. Kitts and Nevis. Now we do not have exact details on how it is made nor where to find it as it is illegal. One maybe lucky to come across someone who knows someone with the right link. Hammond is usually sold shortly after it is distilled. It is commonly drunk straight up and then chased with water or coke.

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Photo credit: www.tripadvisor.com

Also of interest on either islands are rum punches which you will find at local beach bars, restaurants and even hotels. The one rum punch known internationally and which probably places Nevis on the map is the infamous Killer Bee at Sunshine Beach Bar (click for directions). As we locals say all we want is Rum, Food and Wuk up! If this isn’t a reason to enjoy the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis we’re not sure what is…

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Photo Credit: Sylvia Ottley

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The National Flag of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Our flag symbolizes the unity of our federation, it represents the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis without distinction of race, language, opinion or belief.

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Photo credit: www.colourbox.com

When Anguilla segregated from St Kitts and Nevis, a competition was held in the 1980’s to choose a new flag. Out of 258 entries Edris Lewis was able to capture best design. The flag was hoisted for the very first time on September 19, 1983 which was the day St Kitts and Nevis became independent.

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Photo credit: www.123rf.com

The flag is quite unique as the colours and symbols carry our cultural, political and regional beliefs. The Green represents fertile land, the Red evokes the fight for freedom against slavery and colonialism, Yellow represents our year round sunshine and Black our African heritage. Diagonally on the Black stands two White stars which symbolize hope and liberty.

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While we are on the Flag topic…did you know Nevis has a Flag of its own? It came about when Nevisians wanted to segregate from the sister island St. Kitts. However we are one federation and we share one flag.

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Photo credit: en.wikipedia.org

As we continue to raise our flag we proudly chant Fly in the sky let the whole world know Kittitians and Nevisians reside here!

 

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