Cockleshell Beach

Top choice in St Kitts & Nevis

Enjoy great views of Nevis across the Narrows on what is arguably St Kitts' best beach. This crescent of white powdery sand with calm, shallow waters and several bars, restaurants and water-sports outfits can get seriously crowded when the cruise ships visit, so it's best to go early, late or not at all when the big boys are in port.

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