The Best Beaches in St. Kitts
While there are a growing number of beach resorts on St. Kitts, you can still find plenty of secluded sands around the island when you want to disappear for a few hours. Visitors can also look forward to sunbathing on the black sand of Dieppe Bay, spotting dolphins on Turtle Beach, or snorkeling over shipwrecks in White House Bay.
This beach isn’t quite as secluded as it once was since the opening of the Park Hyatt and Christoph Harbour development, but it’s still a very pretty stretch of white sand, backed by the picturesque scenery of St. Kitt’s southern peninsula. Banana Bay also overlooks the Narrows, a channel that serves as the site of an annual swim from St. Kitts to Nevis.
Stretching along the Narrows—the channel between St. Kitts and its sister island, Nevis—Cockleshell Bay’s powdered sands and crystalline waters are among the island’s prettiest. The beach is a popular place to swim, snorkel, or sip cocktails while listening to live local music.
Dieppe Bay Town, St Kitts & Nevis
Dieppe Bay is ringed by black sand—a reminder that St. Kitts was formed by volcanoes. It’s also the site of the first European settlement in the eastern Caribbean, a French colony established in 1538 that was destroyed by the Spanish just two weeks after its founding. Beyond its historic significance, however, Dieppe Bay is simply a peaceful, palm-lined beach on the north end of the island. An offshore reef keeps the water calm for swimming and snorkeling, and Arthur’s restaurant is nearby for when you’re craving some fresh fish and vegetables.
Frigate Bay, St Kitts & Nevis
A narrow strip of land divides the northern Atlantic and southern Caribbean sides of Frigate Bay, making it easy to walk from one section to the other. Many visitors do just that, as hotels like the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Sugar Bay Club are on the north side, while the beach bars of The Strip sit on the south side. The sand and scenery around the resorts is better, but the nightlife on South Frigate Bay is among the island’s best.
Sandy Point Town, St Kitts & Nevis
Located just off shore in the shadow of Brimstone Hill, Sandy Point National Marine Park is renowned for its scuba diving. The area features large coral formations, canyons for divers to swim through, and a mooring site called Anchors Away, where a half-dozen anchors were dropped on the reef centuries ago by sparring French, English, and Spanish warships.
Turtle Beach, St Kitts & Nevis
While close to Christoph Harbour, Turtle Beach is only lightly developed. A great place to sunbathe and spot dolphins, the quiet, southern St. Kitts beach also features an offshore reef with plenty of colorful fish to delight snorkelers.
White House Bay, St Kitts & Nevis
While White House Bay is becoming more widely known since SALT Plage restaurant opened on its shores, it’s always had a reputation for offering the best snorkeling on St. Kitts. Off the rocky beach, you’ll find calm waters and two notable wrecks—a sunken tugboat and an 18th-century British troop ship—to explore. A popular anchorage, the beach also features a chic bar, making it a favorite of the yacht set.