St Kitts & Nevis
Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts & Nevis one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean...
Welcome to the exotically beautiful island of St. Kitts. Like no other island in the Caribbean, St. Kitts seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. The island remains uncrowded and unspoiled, famous around the world for excellent preservation of the ecosystems .The atmosphere here is palpably luxuriant and it is an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea, air, and fantastically abundant vegetation. It is a wonderful place to create some of your best memories.
Daily temperatures average 80 degrees Fahrenheit year round, with a constant cool breeze from the Northeast Tradewinds keeping the island comfortable. With an average sunshine of 12 hours in a day, humidity is very low and with less than 55 inches of rainfall annually, St. Kitts has no distinct rainy season.
St. Kitts boasts a wide variety of beaches which range in character from the sparkling black sands of the north-eastern side of the island, through to the grey sands and the golden sands which give way to a whiter hue as one travels towards the end of the southeast peninsula. Along this peninsula, there are numerous little beaches, many of which tend to become private seclusions for the adventurous and the curious. So, pack a tote bag with sun glasses, a good novel, sun screen, a cooler with ice, lots of drinks and an opener – it’s really frustrating when you forget that.
Visitors have several options for exploring the island, including local taxis, which are abundant throughout St. Kitts. For the food lovers , they will find a wonderful range of cuisines to select available at various restaurants, both individually operated and found within the island’s hotels or inns. Caribbean delicacies dominate most menus, yet Continental, vegetarian, Italian and other styles can also be found on the island.
A diverse selection of places to stay can be found for every price range and properties vary from intimately elegant boutique inns to grand beachfront hotels and all-inclusive resorts as well as condominiums, villas and guest houses.When the sun goes down, St. Kitts comes alive with vibrant local music, dancing and entertainment at dozens of resorts, bars and hot spots including Monkey Bar, Buddies, Inon’s Beach Bar, Sprat Net, Island Rhythms, Oasis Sports Bar, Reggae Beach Bar and Grill, The Beach House, Lion Rock Beach Bar, PJ’s, Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack, Ziggy’s, Rainbow Beach Bar and Bobbsy’s, to name a few.
The twin-island federation of St. Kitts & Nevis is located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Eastern Caribbean, approximately 19 degrees north of the Equator. St. Kitts is separated by a 2-mile wide channel from its sister island, Nevis. The Island is 23 miles long and 5 miles wide, encompassing a total area of 68 square miles. Its highest point of elevation is Mt. Liamuiga, at 3,792 feet above sea level.
There’s something about this small, sombrero-shaped island that grabs you. The charm and tranquillity takes you back to a time when things were simpler, when life was more peaceful, when stress was just a word, not a way of life. This 36-square-mile island lies near the top of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 200 miles south of Puerto Rico, and just west of Antigua. This island jewel is approximately 7 miles long and 5 miles wide, with natural vegetation that is unparalleled.
Its 10,000 residents are friendly and helpful, ready to make new friends and welcome back regular visitors. The genuine charm and hospitality radiate into the unspoken, “Welcome,” “Be my guest,” and “Do come again. “Nevis is special, a place that will seduce you, and tug at your heart strings after you leave. Like they say on Nevis: “You’re only a stranger here once.”
Nevis is paradise for nature lovers. Just listen to the monkeys chattering in the trees, the doves cooing in the distance. There is excellent snorkelling just offshore and scuba diving around wrecks and natural reefs. For those more interested in man-made exploration, try your hand at archaeology, or exploring the ruins of old sugar plantations, a lime kiln, or Amerindian sites.
Things to do
There are several experienced tour guides on the island that can take you where you want to go. While some places are accessible on your own, island officials recommend that you go with a tour guide into the mountain to visit Nevis Peak or climb on other trails. Not only will this insure your safety, but it will make the trip more meaningful as you learn about the flora, fauna and history from the experts.
Upper Round Road…This 9-mile road, constructed during the 1600’s, a trail that used for hiking, horseback riding, and off-road mountain biking. It is part of an extensive road system built to provide access to the estate cane fields and communities that once surrounded Nevis Peak. The road connects the Golden Rock Plantation Inn on the windward or eastside of Nevis with the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on the northern tip of the island. It passes through local villages, past quaint West Indian houses, a seasonal rain forest, and locally grown fruit orchards and vegetable gardens. Don’t be surprised to see monkeys frolicking and mongoose running around on your journey.
The Golden Rock Nature Trail…The Golden Rock Nature Trail at Golden Rock Plantation Inn features an almost localized troop of African Green (Vervet) Monkeys. The trail is easily accessible to even the most inexperienced hiker, but offers an exotic array of tropical foliage. The trail runs along a picturesque ridge-line and meanders down a dry, gentle sloping ravine bed, featuring huge rain forest plants to local fruit trees and flowers .
Plantation Carriage Rides…Leave the Hermitage Plantation Inn, feeling like a king or queen, in your own traditional Caribbean Planter’s Cottage. The 2 to 3-mile trip will wind its way through historic Gingerland, down scenic back roads from where you can see the routines of everyday West Indian country life. The Carriages are authentic, classic Creole adaptations of mid 19th century “Victoria” styles, crafted of West Indian mahogany.
Charlestown…Walk up and down the streets of this delightful town and see one of the best remaining examples of the colonial era in the Caribbean. The lack of modernization has kept much of Charlestown in its original state, and local efforts are underway to preserve the original buildings. There are numerous 18th and 19th century buildings that are Georgian in style and fit into a certain scale. Most of them in town were built with stone first floors and wooden structure upstairs. The first floor were shops and the merchants lived above them and many of them have hip roofs.
Museum of Nevis History…This two-story Georgian style building was the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, who was born in Nevis in 1757. He only lived on the island until the age of nine, and then moved to St. Croix with his mother. Later in his life, he helped draft the U.S. Constitution and was the first secretary of the Treasury. He was an out spoken advocate of the emancipation of slavery. The building today, known as Hamilton House, houses one of the island’s two museums on the first floor. The second floor is the meeting room for the Nevis House of Assembly. The lovely stone building was built around 1680, but was destroyed in an earthquake in 1840, and then restored in 1983. Its historic value coupled with its beautiful setting on Charlestown harbour overlooking St. Kitts in the distance make it an island treasure and a delightful place to spend an afternoon.
St Kitts Scenic Railway Tour…Step aboard the first scenic railway tour in the Caribbean! You will be taken on a 3-hour tour along the 30-mile (48 km) rail circuit on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts. The luxurious railcar features an open-air observation deck on the upper level, with air-conditioned comfort and expansive vaulted windows on the lower level. While you ride, listen to a narration of the history of the Caribbean, and conclude the train ride with a 12-mile (19 km) sightseeing bus tour of St. Kitts’ attractions and landmarks.
St Kitts Zipline Canopy Tour ...Soar above the St. Kitts rainforest on a state-of-the-art, five-line zipline system. The St. Kitts Zipline Canopy Tour offers two tour distinct options in order to fulfill everyone’s needs! Whichever option you decide to choose, make sure you are prepared to experience an exhilarating adventure through nature like never before. Your zipline tour begins with a trip to a base camp located at Romney Manor at Winfield Estate. You’ll be given an orientation briefing on how to use your zipline equipment before beginning your tour.
Catamaran Party Cruise to Nevis from St Kitts…Spend the day in the breathtaking waters which separate the islands of Nevis and St. Kitts. You’ll sail to St. Kitts’ sister island of Nevis on a 52-foot (15-meter) catamaran for the ultimate party cruise, have time to snorkel in the beautiful waters and take a beach break on Nevis! This family-friendly day trip is a must do for a fun time in both the water and on land!
St Kitts Shore Excursion: Discover St Kitts Tour…On this St. Kitts shore excursion, you’ll start at the city of Basseterre and explore Independence Square; this former slave market is now a beautiful garden, flanked by colonial architecture from both England and France. You’ll also visit Romney Manor, site of the Caribelle Batik factory, said to be the most beautiful factory in the world.You’ll see artisans dyeing sea cotton to create batik paintings and other handicrafts, and the on-site store provides you with great shopping deals.Your tour continues along to Frigate Bay, home to the island’s resorts and world-famous golf courses. You’ll be dropped off at one of the most exclusive beaches in the Caribbean for swimming.
Volcano Crater Hiking Tour in St Kitts…Experience the heights of St. Kitts with a hike to the top of Mt. Liamuiga, an extinct volcano. This spectacular tour takes you into the rainforest, providing close-up views of giant forest trees and swinging vines while you climb. The 8-hour roundtrip Volcano Crater Tour is an adventure not to be missed. Your excursion begins with a 1-hour drive by Land Rover to the base of Mt. Liamuiga, a 3,792-foot (1,156-meter) extinct volcano which forms the western part of the island of St. Kitts. Your tour guide will point out different plants and animal life on the island. At the top, view the entire island, the beautiful Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands including St. Barts and Nevis. Next, your guide will set you up with a picnic lunch. After lunch, walk back down to the trail base where the Land Rover is parked and head back to your St. Kitts hotel