Frigate Bay (St. Kitts)

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Beaches, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

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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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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