St. Kitts — Part VII: The Beach(es)



I wanted to do a post about beaches pretty much just so I could show this tractor-on-the-beach photo.

This image is of the beach at the St. Kitts Marriott. The photo was taken when Bill and I were beach-lounging one afternoon when Marriott personnel prepared to serve dinner-on-the-beach to hundreds of hotel guests. It was fun people-watching as this tractor, with wagon in tow, came slowly across the beach delivering hundreds of bottles of beverages to the mini-bars set up for the evening’s dinner. Being from the Midwest and having seen tractors out in fields mostly planting, combining or tilling (i.e., agriculture-related work being done), I thought it intriguing that this tractor was on the beach hauling rum, beer and other beverages.

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I imagine the beaches on St. Kitts are much like those at many other tropical destinations. My Lonely Planet* book recommends four beaches on St. Kitts, of which Cockleshell Beach, called an “activities beach,” is one. (The other three are South Friar’s Bay for “activities,” North Friar’s Bay for surfing, and White House Bay for snorkeling.) In the thumbnails below, I’ve included a couple of photos from Cockleshell Beach.

Lonely Planet* says about Cockleshell Beach, “On the southern tip of the island, this is a pretty but busy beach with views across to Nevis and calm waters that are great for splashing. Several bars, restaurants and water-sports concessionaires help create a party vibe from about midday onward. Local women offer massages in the tree shade. If you like it quieter, head to Banana Bay, the next beach to the right.”

We arrived at Cockleshell Beach in the morning before it was busy at all, therefore seeming serene. However, we did see little stands along the beach that we assume came to life later in the day for massages and/or beverages.



For “St. Kitts — Part I” click here.
For “St. Kitts — Part II: Vervet Monkeys” click here.
For “St. Kitts — Part III: Lobster” click here.
For “St. Kitts — Part IV: Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor” click here.
For “St. Kitts — Part V: Mr X’s Shiggidy Shack” click here.
For “St. Kitts — Part VI: Brimstone Hill Fortress” click here.
For “St. Kitts — Part VII: The Beach(es)” click here.
For “St. Kitts — Part VIII: Plant Life” click here.
For “St. Kitts — Part IX: Miscellaneous” click here.

*Caribbean Islands, Lonely Planet, 2011, p. 682

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5 Responses to “St. Kitts — Part VII: The Beach(es)”

  1. Wendy Gunderson Says:

    Love the tractor shot!


  2. Louise Gunderson Shimon Says:

    I’m glad you like it, Wendy! I’ll have to get over to your blog again, too, to see what is going on in your neck of the woods.

  3. Travel Spirit Says:

    I loved your St. Kitts photos…I stopped there for a day on a cruise.

  4. cghoover Says:

    The tractor is fun. I imagine you were intrigued partly because the rusty tractor seemed so out of place on an island paradise beach. Didn’t the tractor remind you a bit of Daddy’s old, small FORD tractor?

    When we’ve looked down from Milt and Marsha’s 9th floor condo on Clearwater Beach, we’ve seen the small tractors clearing seaweed and smoothing the sand in the morning. Later the tractor might pull a trailer of beach umbrellas. We’ve never seen a beverage stand.

  5. Marti Gunderson Carlson Says:

    Before I saw Clara’s comment, I had already thought that the tractor reminded me of Daddy’s old Ford tractor and wondered if others might too.

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