1st time to st. Kitts. I knew I wanted to try Cockleshell Beach, based on my online research. We walked off the ship and headed for the taxi area just to the right inside the visitor center. We picked out a friendly cab driver who was assembling tourists for a group ride to cockleshell beach. The cost was $7 each. We took a fantastic ride over the mountains to Spice Mill on cockleshell beach. There is a rustic beach bar and restaurant. The sand was soft and the water was warm and calm, perfect for swimming. We brought our own snorkel gear and there were some interesting things to see underwater. After lounging and swimming for a while, we decided to walk to the opposite end of the beach to check out "Reggae Beach Club." whereas the Spice Mill end is quiet and laid back (relaxing), the Reggae area was loud, packed tightly with wall to wall people, and and lots of watersports and activities. If my teens had been along, they would have loved this end of the beach more. I couldn't wait to walk back to Spice Mill. Our taxi driver came back for us at the agreed upon time. We arrived back to port with enough time to enjoy the shopping. No need to pay for a cruise excursion for a beach day. You can do this one on your own with little effort too.
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