Cockleshell Bay (St. Kitts)

#4 in Best Things To Do in St. Kitts & Nevis
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Beaches, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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One of the more popular beaches in St. Kitts, Cockleshell Bay is on the island's southern tip facing Nevis, which means it offers great views of its sister island. The beach's stark white sands contrast with the calm jewel-toned waves that lap up against travelers' feet. Cockleshell Bay stretches across 2 miles and is also home to a few hip beach bars (including a highly praised reggae joint) and seafood eateries. Visitors warn that the sands can get crowded when cruise ships are in port and suggest heading here early to stake out some prime beach real estate. Many also warned beachgoers to keep an eye out for the vendors with monkeys trying to entice you to hold them and take a photo (for which they expect to be paid).

Cockleshell Bay beach is free to access, though you may need some cash to rent beach chairs or enjoy conch fritters and drinks at one of the beach bars. 

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#1 Brimstone Hill Fortress (St. Kitts)

This "Gibraltar of the West Indies" should be included on one day's itinerary for its photo ops. If you climb to its top slopes on a clear day, you can see up to six other islands in the distance. Or you could tour the fort's interior, stroll the grounds and snap images of nearby towns in the distance or the vibrant hues of the Caribbean Sea. If history is more your forte than photography, then you should note that Brimstone Hill Fortress is one of the best-preserved forts of the Americas. It was designated a national park in 1985 and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.

According to recent travelers, Brimstone Hill Fortress is worth more than just a stop on an island tour. If you have the time you should devote at least two hours to walking its grounds: many were impressed with how well maintained it is and the stunning views it provides. The fortress, which is located in northwestern St. Kitts, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entry costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. Head to the fort's website for more information and assistance on planning your visit.

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