Exploring the Beach Shacks of St. Kitts

Beach Shacks St Kitts

As a guest of the St. Kitts Marriott, I had a lot of great food. Unlike a lot of other resorts, the property features a variety of culinary options that are reasonably priced and delicious, a feat which many other resorts can’t seem to achieve. When you’re on vacation though, it’s good to explore the local area and St. Kitts offers plenty of savory culinary options for every palate. One of the most interesting restaurant venues though is what locals call The Strip.

In what can only be an ironic nod to its desert namesake in Sin City, The Strip on St. Kitts is a collection of beach shacks on Frigate Bay. The phenomenon all started in the 1990s when the Monkey Bar opened its “doors” on the beachy boulevard. The Monkey Bar started with just an open-air dance floor and plenty of drinks, but has since expanded to include a restaurant. Like all the shacks though, the action really happens on Friday night when it’s the place to be on the island.

Beach shacks St KittsThe immense popularity of the Monkey Bar spawned a wave of similar establishments, most either on The Strip or a short stroll away. Inon’s Bar, Sunsplash, Ziggy’s Bar, the Rainbow Bar and eDock are just a few of the other establishments now firmly entrenched on the Bay, offering everything from live music to good food and even complimentary WiFi.

When I visited The Strip, our evening began at one of the busiest beach bars, Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack. We were welcomed into the open air gin joint by Mr. X himself as we bellied up to the bar to order a round of Tings With a Sting. Ting is a popular soft drink throughout the Caribbean and is made with Jamaican grapefruit juice. The Zing is a potent extra added when the sun sets and the music starts.

I sat there with Ting in hand, watching a curious mix of locals and tourists dance to the thumping music and laughing the night away. We didn’t stay at Mr. X’s long, and slowly ambled along the Strip, watching a similarly curious mix of people enjoying their Friday night and the start of the weekend.

Beach shacks St Kitts

I pulled up a chair at a picnic table and alternated between people watching and listening to the crash of the waves on the beach just a few feet away. A thin layer of salt seemed to coat everything like a tropical dew and the full moon cast a bright light on the evening party-goers.

I didn’t stay out long. I was tired, it was late and based on the energy levels of the bar-goers, I knew I was outmatched. Instead I just soaked in the vibe, that feeling of contentment and laid back fun that tends to define many parts of the Caribbean, and was thankful that at least on St. Kitts it was still so easy to find.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

7 thoughts on “Exploring the Beach Shacks of St. Kitts”

  1. Danielle @ Couple Getaways

    That looks amazing! We’ve only been to the Caribbean once, but it is my favorite places on the planet! The Shiggidy Shack sounds like it should be my first stop!

  2. We spent some time in St. Kitts earlier this year, including a very memorable dinner at Mr X’s Shiggedy Shack complete with fire dancers and some of the best lobster I’ve ever eaten. It’s funny: We stayed at the Marriott 5 nights, and didn’t eat dinner there even once. LOTS of great food for such a small island! Did you make it over to Sprat Net? Anyway, thanks for bringing back some great memories!

  3. I too have been a guest of the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Spa which is an amazing resort. My pals and I did venture down to the strip and along with a few Tings with a Sting we dance along with all the locals at each and every bar on The Strip!

    I can’t wait to go back!

    Spa Travel Gal Ava

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