There are a few St Kitts beaches that offer good snorkelling as well as small boat anchorage, however White House Bay on the Southeast Peninsula ranks among the best.
Although the rocky shoreline along this St Kitts beach rules it out as a good swimming beach, it is great for snorkelling. It also offers a good small boat anchorage for yachtsmen who are seeking to anchor their boats in calm waters while being surrounded by tranquil and beautiful scenery. Just in case you are wondering, White House Bay is located relatively close to some beautiful St Kitts beaches including Banana Bay and Cockleshell Bay. It is also very close to Shitten Bay, another popular snorkelling site.
You are probably wondering what distinguishes White House Bay from other St Kitts beaches when it comes to snorkelling. Well, the top reasons include the presence of a number of reefs in the White House Bay and surrounding areas as well as the fact that there are several underwater shipwrecks close to the shore, some of which were uncovered by hurricanes. According to reports from the St Kitts Maritime Archaeological Project, one of these wrecks lies in just three metres of water, some thirty four metres from the beach at White House Bay.
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A team from ADMAT headed by Simon Spooner surveyed and excavated the largest exposed wreck in the White House Bay area in April 2003.
Archaeological findings suggest that this sunken wreck may be one of two 1740s British Troop Ships (the Converts or the Fortune) sunk in 1782 during the Battle of Frigate Bay. One thing that the St Kitts Maritime Archaeological Project did was to highlight that St Kitts beaches and bays are rich in underwater cultural heritage. As a result Phase 2 of the St Kitts Maritime Archaeological Project is expected to be a survey of the Basseterre Bay where between 200 - 250 ships sunk.
The beach at White House Bay differs from other popular St Kitts beaches in that its coastline is rocky as opposed to sandy and there are no beach bars selling food and drink. However because of the shallow waters and surrounding reefs it offers better snorkelling and boat anchorage than some of the other beaches in St Kitts. The surrounding landscape offers scenic views of Guana Point, Little Salt Pond and Great Salt Pond.
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So scenic are the surroundings that a number of St Kitts real estate developments are planned for the area surrounding and overlooking White House Bay. Coast 2 Coast Developments, an approximately 300 acre development that will include resort, commercial and residential areas is one such development.
The other is Christophe Harbour Development, a 2,500 acre development luxury St Kitts real estate development comprising resort and residential areas, a Tom Fazio golf course with 360 degree panoramic views and a marina in what was previously the Little and Great Salt Ponds.
Peninsula Cove St. Kitts is a waterfront estate development that was launched as part of Coast 2 Coast Developments. It comprises twelve lots ranging in size from 0.5 to 1.35 acres, all within walking distance of the beach at White House Bay and with stunning views. A development comprising luxury villas, restaurant, beach club and water sports facilities is also planned for White House Bay. When completed, in addition to being close to the beach at White House Bay, this St Kitts real estate villa development will be within relatively close proximity to the Christophe Harbour Tom Fazio golf course, the Christophe Harbour Marina and some of the most tranquil St Kitts beaches located on the Southeast Peninsula including Sand Bank Bay, Banana Bay, Cockleshell Bay and Mosquito Bay more popularly known as Turtle Beach.
Exciting St Kitts tours and island safaris plus holistic body massages on the beach.
An adventurous off road ATV excursion along sugar cane tractor paths and trails in the hills above Old Road.
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