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Beaches on Nevis and St. Kitts's insider take:

Molten sunsets and a dozen beach bars, including Mr. X's Shiggidy Shack, make Frigate Bay, just two miles southeast of Basseterre, the liveliest place on St. Kitts. A construction project has degraded South Friar's Bay, but good, uncrowded beaches scallop the remaining shoreline of the Southeast Peninsula. Turtle Beach has the most services, while Cockleshell Bay is notable for Lion Rock Beach Bar, whose Rasta owner dispenses rum punch and BBQ (869-663-8711). Anchored by Four Seasons Resort Nevis, two-mile-long Pinney's Beach features the finest sand, the calmest water, and, in Double Deuce and Sunshine's, the best distractions. Further north, a prevailing northeast breeze attracts windsurfers to Oualie Beach, while thickets of sea grape afford Lover's Beach visitors plenty of privacy. But whatever you do as you woo, remember the beach is on final approach for planes landing at Nevis's airport.

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