Pinney's Beach (Nevis)

#3 in Best Things To Do in St. Kitts & Nevis
Pinney's Beach (Nevis) picture
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Free

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Beaches, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

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.

Pinney's is a public beach open 24/7, so spread your towel out and plan on staying awhile. There are vendors on-site that rent beach chairs and umbrellas, and can organize water sports activities.

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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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