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Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. St. Kitts, along with its sister island Nevis, is widely regarded as the region’s best-kept secret. The idyllic islands’ stunning natural beauty, rich history, and friendly locals make it the perfect destination for those looking for the traditional Caribbean experience. Somewhere uncrowded and unspoiled where you can relax and recharge.
St. Kitts was originally named St. Christopher by famed explorer Christopher Columbus himself when he visited the island in 1492 during his second voyage to the New World. Once Britain colonized the island in the 1600s, sugar soon became the island’s main export and remained so for hundreds of years until it was overtaken by tourism in the early 2000s. Much of the sugar industry infrastructure remains for visitors to explore today, including the one-of-a-kind St. Kitts Scenic Railway, the last railway in all of the Caribbean. Originally built in the 1900s to transport sugar from the fields to the capital of Basseterre, now the railway takes passengers through St. Kitts’ history and some of its most spectacular scenery.
The destination is famously friendly, much of it due to warm and welcoming Kittitians who are always eager to share their favourite local places to eat and explore with tourists. Visiting St. Kitts is not just about tantalizing the senses; it’s about following your heart. You see it in the beautiful faces of school children, waving back at every admiring passerby. You feel it in the warm and welcoming smiles that greet you wherever you go. The most enchanting quality about St. Kitts is undeniably the people.
St. Kitts has pristine white beaches and warm turquoise waters native to the Caribbean, but the variety of beaches available from the Caribbean Sea on the south side to the Atlantic Ocean on the north mean that you’ll want to explore them all. One of the many great things about the island is the amount of untapped nature. Everything from rain forests, mountains and the dormant volcano, Mount Liamuiga - which is home to a crater lake, green vervet monkeys and numerous hiking trails. Because of its mountainous landscape, St. Kitts is sure to fulfill anyone’s crave for adventure as it offers great locations to go zip lining, horse back riding, or even ATV’ing.
Also home to a UNESCO world heritage site, St. Kitts’ Brimstone Hill Fortress is an imposing stone structure—an engineering feat and a testament to the strength and perseverance of the Kittitian spirit. Its construction began in 1690, and would continue, in phases, for 100 years.It also happens to be one of the best preserved historical fortifications in the Americas. At 800 ft above sea level, the fortress offers commanding views of the island’s coastline, the historic town of Sandy Point, and the forested peaks of its northernmost mountain range.
This emerging culinary hotspot is home to plenty of charming locals, including a number of talented chefs.. Bask in the romantic atmosphere of this laid-back island as you dine on locally-sourced, sustainable and seasonal ingredients plus fresh off the boat seafood that will leave you wanting more. The beauty of St. Kitts and Nevis is that the destination is not an all-inclusive environment which allows an amazing culinary scene to thrive and continue to grow. Whether it be five star epicurean excellence or a barefoot authentic fish fry you are seeking both St. Kitts and Nevis deliver. All restaurants are conveniently located with the majority a short cab ride from the hotel or resort itself.
- Airport: Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. (SKB) in the capital city of Basseterre
- Spoken Language: English
- Currency: EC$ (Eastern Caribbean Dollar) although US currency is taken everywhere
- St. Kitts Tourism Website: https://www.stkittstourism.kn
- Downloadable brochures: https://www.stkittstourism.kn/brochures