Nevis Beach Guide
The best beaches on Nevis are on its western and northern shores, and are never crowded. All the beaches on Nevis are public including this selection of the island's best beaches:
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on the pale golden sands of this uncrowded palm-fringed beach that stretches for 5km along the west coast of the island beneath the soaring green slopes of Mount Nevis.
Relax beneath swaying palm fronds, go swimming and snorkelling in the calm reef-protected waters of the lagoon and sip cold drinks at a choice of beachside bars while enjoying panoramic views of neighbouring St Kitts. Facilities including umbrellas, sun loungers and snorkelling equipment are generally offered free to guests by the various hotels dotting the beachfront.
Snorkelling and scuba diving is especially good here: expect to see parrotfish, blue-headed wrasse, damselfish, grunts and tangs, among other species. In the late afternoon, look out for flocks of cattle egrets as they fly home to roost at the freshwater pond of Nelson’s Spring.
Picture perfect and rarely crowded, Pinney's Beach is universally rated as one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean and is located just a short walk north of the capital, Charlestown.
Come for a day or stay longer at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort, rated the island’s most prestigious accommodation. The charming Golden Rock Plantation Inn (located a 15-minute drive inland) has a beachside pavilion where you can enjoy the beach close to various creature comforts.
Unwind on the golden sands of this 600m-long beach that curves around a small cove flanked by a soaring bush-clad promontory at the northern end of the beach. Sunbathe on the soft sand, swim, snorkel and windsurf the crystal clear waters or relax in the shade beneath swaying beachside palm and sea grape trees.
Facilities on this rarely crowded beach include umbrellas, beach chairs and water sports equipment for hire (free with lunch) at the Creole-style Oualie Beach Hotel, which also offers a range of creature comforts should you decide to stay longer. Oualie Beach is located at the island's northwestern tip, just south of Mosquito Bay, around 5km west of the airport.
Relax on the soft white sand of this 900m-long white-sand beach that shelves into calm turquoise waters offering good swimming and excellent snorkelling.
Facilities on this broad beach include umbrellas, beach chairs and water sports equipment for hire (free with lunch) at the gracious Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, a former plantation-style house located right on the palm-fringed beach.
Come for the day or stay longer to enjoy a range of creature comforts. Newcastle Beach faces the channel that separates St Kitts and Nevis at the northeastern tip of the island and is just a 3-minute drive east of the airport.
White Bay Beach
This is probably the island’s best beach for surfing as it faces rolling Atlantic surf. Bring your own food and drinks, as there are no facilities. White Bay Beach is located on the southeast coast, east of Gingerland.
Indian Castle Beach
This 500m-long pale golden sand beach is ideal if you want solitude or to catch a wave. There are no facilities here so take your own food and drinks. Indian Castle is located on the south coast of Nevis.