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Water/Beaches

Texas
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How clear is the water on the beaches? I have been to the VI and Grenadines and the water is extremely clear! In St. Lucia you couldn't even see your feet in the water. Thank you!

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The clearity of the water depends on the strength of the currents and amount of wave action that has taken place in the days/hours even minutes before you actually dip your dfeet into the waters. The water along the beaches on the Caribbean side of St. Kitts is calmer than the water on the Atlantic side so by definition the Caribbean Side will often appear to have clearer water. Of course, on those few days when the wind comes out of the south and/or west the water on the Caribbean side gets a bit wavy so visibility can decrease. Also, if there happened to be a major rain event on the island a day or two before your arrivaL (or perhaps while you are on island) the run off from the mountains can cause the surrounding waters to be less clear.

The depth of the water also has some effect on your perception of the clarity of the water. Unlike the VI's and the Grenadines, the waters surrounding St. Kitts (and Nevis) drop off fairly quickly as you walk out from the beach. This coupled with the darker sand on most of St. Kitt's beaches give the waters a steel blue appearance rather than the bright torquoise you found in the VI's and the Grenadines.

So, what does this really mean for the average tourist? Well, for the most part the waters off the Caribbean side beaches will usually be pretty clear and you should have no trouble "seeing your feet". If the water is calm you should easily be able to see down to depths of 10', 20' and even 30', especially in protected coves like Cockelshell Beach, Timothy Beach, and Whitehouse Bay and Shitten Bay (where the day sails stop to snorkel).

To put things in perspective there have been days when we've been able to see the entire seabed while sailing all the way across the narrows between Nevis and St. Kitts and there have been days when visiability in the deeper water is somewhat restricted.

Hopefully, the waters will be calm and clear during your visit.

Toronto
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2. Re: Water/Beaches

When we stayed at the Timothy Beach Resort two years in a row, which is on the Caribbean side, we were able to "see our toes in the sand" and the fish and sting ray (manta ray - I don't know...) off the dock at the TBR...so the water was clear enough for all of that wonderful joy!!

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