Shell Beach, Gustavia

In close proximity to the harbor, Shell Beach distinguishes itself with millions of seashells that cover its sand. Overlooked by an old fort, the small lagoon offers a nice spot for swimming, relaxing, and, of course, collecting colorful shells and seaglass. Hang out and have a tasty meal at the popular bar and restaurant on site; sunbathe; or try snorkeling in the crystal clear water. Don't forget to bring sandals or flip-flops, as the shells can be uncomfortable to walk on. Make Shell Beach part of your personalized Gustavia itinerary using our Gustavia trip planner.
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  • Wonderful clean beach 🌴. With in walking distance of tender pier. Some shady places. It is good to have water shoes.  more »
  • Shell beach is the perfect casual beach club for an afternoon sunset cocktail. Bring your cash/card because drinks are over priced but the view is great, music is hoppin and the beach is beautiful...  more »
  • This is a truly lovely small beach in walking distance from the port in Gustavia. Rocky sides frame a white sand expanse and there is a restaurant (Shellona) facing the view of azure waters and sky...  more »
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  • Beautiful beach. It's a most.
  • Beautiful beach! The name of the beach is coming from the fact that the ground is not sand or rocks but broken shell everywhere! No worries though, it doesn't hurt your feet ;) There is a bar onsite. Follow the sign "Plage des grand galets"
  • A very accessible beach a 10 minute walk from the town. Ideal if you only have a short time here. It can be busy and tricky to find space. The water is lovely and clear. The beach is sand mixed with fragments of shells. It’s not particularly soft under foot. Some litter but generally clean. There is a shelf as you wade out into the ocean so prudent to be mindful if you have young children. There is a beach club/restaurant. Be aware that use of the loos in these places is not permitted unless you are a customer. Otherwise you have to make that 10 min walk back into town.
  • Nice beach but a lot of shells in the sand
  • They reserve chairs all day for people who aren't going to show up for many hours. Chairs and food are very expensive.

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