Though it looks like it might be a private property, this small beach is public and accessible through a gate in the surrounding fence. Come here to enjoy a drink and a tasty meal at one of the charming open-air cafés just feet from the water. Visit Turtle Beach while on a snorkeling cruise complete with an open bar and lunch. Sail on thexa0 turquoise-blue waters with views of the island’s craggy mountain peaks, stylish beach villas, and deserted beaches en route to the southeast peninsula, hopping in the water to encounter the island’s diverse marine life. Some sailing trips include time to kayak along the coast.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Turtle Beach is an ideal spot for watersport lovers.
- There are a lot of stones and seaweed in the water near the shore; if you wish to go swimming next door Cockleshell Bay is more welcoming.
- Bring water and nacks, as there is only one restaurant/bar.
- Wheelchair users will find navigating the pathway to the beach difficult.
- Remember sun protection.
How to Get There
Turtle Beach is located on the southeast peninsula of St. Kitts nearly 10 miles (17 kilometers) from Basseterre. Public transportation does not reach the beach, so drive or take a taxi; expect about 35 minutes on the road to reach the fend of the beach.
When to Get There
Turtle Beach is one of the more quiet beaches on the island and never sees dense crowds except in the mornings when the windsurfers and kiteboarders arrive. If you wish to have a meal here, keep in mind the restaurant typically closes around 9:30pm. Come Sunday afternoons to enjoy live music concerts.
Cockleshell Bay Go to the beach just to the west for a drink at one island’s most famous bars, the laid-back Reggae Bar whose motto is “Island time, rush slowly,” and a menagerie of mascots entertain the guests. There’s Paisley the vervet monkey,xa0 Shamus the goat, and a baleful of friendly stray cats. Sadly, star attraction Wilbur, the 700-pound black pig, who would graciously give admirers autographs, has passed. Pay your respects at his grave next to the bar.