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Beaches, Boat Trips & Snorkeling

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Beaches, Boat Trips & Snorkeling

Can anyone send out reviews of which beaches are best for relaxing, privacy or snorkeling? Are there usually locals willing to take a couple (2) out for half a day?

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1. Re: Beaches, Boat Trips & Snorkeling

Aside from the immediate area on Pinney's Beach where the beach bars (Sunshines, Lime, Chevy's) are located you won't find any of Nevis' beaches to be very crowded at all and even with that the areas by the beach bars never have very many people. Simply walk a 100 yards or so from the beach bars and you'll be virtually alone. What I'm trying to say is it's easy to find privacy on any of Nevis' beaches.

Moving clockwise around the island, you'll have plenty of beaches to choose from;

Pineey's Beach

Paradise Beach

Nelson's Springs Beach

Fort Ashby Beach

Cades Bay

Jones Bay

tamarind Bay Beach

Oualie Beach (you'll find a few people here as it's a resort beach)

Lovers Beach

Newcastle Beach

Nisbet's Beach (move 150 feet north of the resort and you'll be all by yourself)

Herbert's Beach

Camp's Beach

Windward Beach

Black Sand Beach

Gallows Bay Beach

Now, unfortunately, none of Nevis' beaches are noted for snorkeling. You'll find some fish around the man-made breakwater at the Four Seasons Resort (Pinney's Beach), a few small fish around the rocks by Tamarind Bay and around the man-made jetty at Nisbet but none of it is something you'll write home about. There is a small but interesting reef about 200' off shore at Herbert's Beach that you can see within about 30 minutes of snorkeling. you can find the reef by walking north along the beach from nisbet until you see a jetty with a long pole sticking out over the water. About 50" south of the end of the pole you'll see an artificial reef running parallel to the shore. Swim along the reef (back toward Nisbet). When you come to the end keep swimming another 100' or so and you'll find the reef. It's the "best' snorkeling aound Nevis but (and it's a big BUT) it's nowhere near as good as you'll find in other parts of the Caribbean such as the BVI's, the tobago Cays or Bonaire.

You can take a day sail which stops at Shitten Bay (off of St, kitts) for some good but limited snorkeling.

Not sure exactly what you mean when you ask "Are there usually locals willing to take a couple (2) out for half a day?". If you mean on day sails or snorkel trips then the answer is yes. Check with Scuba Safari's, Nevis Water Sports, or Captain Lennox - all based at Oualie Beach.

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