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Jammin’ at Cockleshell Beach in St Kitts

Cockelshell Beach in St. Kitts.

“We’re jammin’, I wanna jam it wid you, We’re jammin’, jammin’, And I hope you like jammin’, too.” The music of Bob Marley reached our ears as it drifted from the Reggae Beach Bar just upwind from where we had perched ourselves on recliners. The sun was hot on our skin, but a cooling breeze rustled the leaves on the palm trees. I don’t know if paradise exists, but Cockleshell Beach in St. Kitts is pretty close.

St Kitts Cockleshell Beach photos:  This slice of paradise is one of the best beaches in St Kitts.  Visiting the beaches is a common on St Kitts shore excursions, but Cockleshell Beach is a destination in itself.

We came to St. Kitts on a holiday cruise to escape the cold of the Northeast. It was perfect actually. The cruise ship arrived in Basseterre, the capital of The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis (usually called St. Kitts and Nevis). We wanted to spend the day with sand between our toes, soaking up some sun and drinking fruity drinks.

Initially we looked at using one of the hotels and found that the Marriott St Kitts Day Pass allows use of the hotel’s facilities, however, passes are limited and there was no guarantee of admission. We continued researching the Saint Kitts beach options and uncovered a slice of paradise: Cockleshell Beach.

People walking along Cockleshell Beach in St. Kitts. This is one of the best beach in St Kitts near cruise port in Basseterre and one of the most common St Kitts excursions.  The St. Kitts beaches are some of the cleanest Caribbean beaches anywhere!

What makes Cockleshell Beach such a treasure? In most Caribbean ports, when a cruise ship comes into town, the beaches are packed. You feel like you’re on top of other visitors. But Cockleshell Beach is over two miles long. Along its fine sand, you can find the perfect beer shack, reggae beach bar, or just a quiet stretch of beach to lay out a towel. No matter what scene you want, you can find it here.

The port of Basseterre St Kitts is the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis.

We had researched how to get to Cockleshell Beach on the Internet and found it was extremely easy to make the trip by taxi. We arrived by cruise ship in Basseterre and found the taxi immediately on the right at the end of the pier (before going under the archway). For a trip to Cockleshell Beach from Basseterre, the base cost is $26 for four people each way ($52 roundtrip). Each additional person is $6.50 one way ($13 roundtrip). The taxi driver who took us made a point of setting a time to pick us up and payment was exchanged on the return trip.

The drive out to the south end of St. Kitts is beautiful, particularly as we drove over the Timothy Hill. We passed Frigate Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on the left side before passing the Great Salt Pond on the right.

The Reggae Beach Bar on Cockleshell Beach in St. Kitts.

Truth be told, we love Cockleshell Beach so much that we’ve been twice on two different cruises. The first was with Celebrity and the second was with Royal Caribbean. Of all the spots we could have chosen to visit, Cockleshell Beach made our list…twice.

During our first visit, we settled at the Reggae Beach Bar and perched ourselves on some lounge chairs under umbrellas ($5 rental for the chairs and the umbrella). Other establishments on Cockleshell Bay have free chairs, but we paid the premium for the umbrellas to prevent sunburns. Unfortunately, we were not totally successful in that endeavor.

Starfish seen snorkeling at Cockleshell Beach in St. Kitts. Cockleshell Bay may not be the best St Kitts snorkeling, but is completely free.  We've seen starfish, stingrays, and also green sea turtles in the bay.

The reasons we came were for sun, sand, and a cooling dip in the ocean. Many visitors enjoy watersport activities (sea kayaking and flyboarding) or land-based recreation (beach volleyball or massages on the beach), but we opted to just swim in the water and bake under the hot sun. Snorkeling is also popular here, so we brought along our own equipment to see what we could find. Just a bit of sand and swimming. “Rush Slowly,” as they say here.

The Rush Slowly sign at the Reggae Beach Bar St Kitts beach.

Reggae Beach Bar also had the benefit of having waitress service for all our fruity drink and food needs. We loaded up on an ample amount of tropical fruity drinks like daiquiris and pina coladas. The bar served the local chicken roti – a traditional West Indian curried chicken burrito. It was delicious!

Lunch of cocunut shrimp and the chicken roti from Reggae Beach Bar on Cockleshell Beach St Kitts.

Our second visit took us to Mundo Water Sports Bar & Grill just a little farther up the beach but within sight of Reggae Beach Bar’s newly-expanded offering (the bar size has doubled, and they even have a gift shop). Mundo’s was new since our last visit to Cockleshell Beach, and we liked that it was a bit quieter and we could have chairs right by the water. This time, we kept it simple with hamburgers and chicken sandwiches and made regular runs to the bar just a few steps away.

Though our angle on our second visit was slightly different, we enjoyed the sun and surf just as much. With one previous trip under our belt, we knew just what to expect from Cockleshell Beach, and we were excited to return.

Mundo Water Sports Bar and Grill on Cockleshell Beach at St Kitts

As Bob Marley opined, “We’re jammin’, And I hope this jam is gonna last.” We could not agree with him more. Cockleshell Beach is just this side of paradise!

And because you can never have too many pictures of one of the best beaches in the Caribbean:

A boat in Cockleshell Bay St Kitts, with Nevis in the distance.

Cockleshell Bay, with Nevis in the distance

Water sports on Cockleshell Beach in St. Kitts

The dock on Cockleshell Beach where ferries depart to Nevis.

The dock

If you are wondering what to do in St Kitts, head to the beach.  Visitors can get a massage at Cockleshell Beach in St. Kitts.

Cockleshell Bay, St. Kitts. This bay offers some of the best snorkeling in St Kitts - and it is free.  This is one of the reasons the St Kitts beaches are so great.

Cockleshell Bay

Christmas at the Reggae Beach Bar in St. Kitts. For us, Reggae Beach St Kitts was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun.

Christmas at the Reggae Beach Bar

Animal cemetery on Cockleshell Beach, which is the best beach in St Kitts.  Despite being a short taxi from the Basseterre cruise terminal, this is still one of the St Kitts beaches near cruise port. It's easy to get to Cockleshell Beach from cruise port in Basseterre.

The departed

Palm trees on Cockleshell Beach in St Kitts. Some of the signs on the island actually mis-spell the name and call it Cockelshell Beach at St Kitts. However it is spelled, Saint Kitts beach life is something to be experienced.

One final view of paradise…

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What do you think about Jammin’ at Cockleshell Beach in St Kitts?

  1. Ryan Biddulph January 14, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    Lance I’m absolutely drooling over these images! Awesomeness man, pure awesomeness here. I blog from paradise pretty much all the time and this spot seems right up my alley. We were chatting with a St. Kitt’s resident about a house sit but it never materialized. No worries though; we’re all set to begin a Jimbaran, Bali house sit on Feb 1.

    The views are stunning and St. Kitts is so pristine, striking and stunning. BTW now I can’t get the song out of my mind. I keep on hearing Bob Marley singing the words in his one of a kind voice. Awesome shots of paradise and awesome post to boot. Well done. Keep on inspiring folks to live in paradise!


  2. Kristin January 15, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    Lance– we did the exact same thing as you guys– off the QM2, we grabbed a taxi with another couple. The driver was definitely enjoying a few beers while we were at the beach (we also had him drive us past the fort). But loved cockleshell– one of my favorite beaches and I always said I wanted to revisit and just hang out there. Our friend who went to vet school on St Kitts confirmed it was the best beach on the island. Your posts are always so spot on and actually contain detailed, helpful information– so refreshing!!

    • Lance Longwell January 16, 2015 at 1:00 am #

      Ah thanks. Glad you find it helpful! We’re dying to get back to St. Kitts. We missed the old fort, so I’m sensing that will be my excuse to get back there!

  3. ally November 26, 2016 at 9:33 am #

    I see they have massages availble. How much were they?

    • Laura Longwell November 28, 2016 at 2:47 am #

      Can’t say for sure because we didn’t get one, but I believe they were inexpensive.

  4. Nikki February 23, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi there, I literally just left St Kitts! What a great read short and sweet which I personally prefer. I was going to ask about the massages too cause whoever is in the picture is tiny in comparison to the massage lady lol….. Nikki

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