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Try correctly pronouncing the name of this beach ("wah-lee") before you start enjoying the free-flowing margaritas from the on-site beach bar. And you'll want to eat and drink on this beach – Oualie's chairs and hammocks are free to use as long as you do. You can also enjoy some spectacular snorkeling in the clear waters and there are rental kiosks for other water sports as well. Scuba Safaris and Windsurf 'N' Mountainbike Nevis are just two of the companies represented on Oualie's shore.
Visitors say the sand on this beach is soft and less rocky compared to some of the other shorelines on these islands. Many also enjoyed the calm and warm waters at this beach.
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On Nevis' west edge, north of Charlestown, lies one of the most talked about beaches of the two islands. The smooth saffron-colored sands of Pinney's often grace the glossy pages of travel publications, and to most travelers, the beach lives up to its hype. There are several beach snack shacks nearby and ample parking as well.
Other visitors, however, note that Pinney's is a little more rustic than they'd anticipated. You shouldn't be surprised to see one or two pelicans fishing offshore, or run into water that's more muddy than clear on some days. Just remember Pinney's is the longest beach on Nevis – approximately 4 miles – so if you don't like the view in front of you, just move a few paces down to less polluted sands and more translucent water. Some visitors also warn that it can get crowded when cruise ships are in town.
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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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Are you looking for a beautiful beach with a lively atmosphere? Frigate Bay is the beach for you. Frigate hums with activity day and night, since it's located so close to the islands' best nightlife and shopping, not to mention some of the best hotels.
The area actually refers to two different beaches, located along the skinny strip of central St. Kitts. North Frigate Bay faces the Atlantic Ocean and boasts the best views and quality sand, complete with sea grapes you can pick and coconut palms you can climb. South Frigate Bay on the Caribbean Sea, however, is the nerve center of the restaurants (Vibes Beach Bar and Mr. X's Shiggidy Shack are especially popular) that moonlight as bars when the sun sets. The water on both sides is pretty good for swimming, but you should get your strokes in when the cruise ships aren't docked. Otherwise, you'll have plenty of company in the water, no matter which side you choose.
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