WELCOME TO ST. KITTS
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. Christopher Columbus first spotted St. Kitts in 1493, when it was populated with native tribes, but the Europeans didn’t colonize until the British arrived in 1623. Its strategic location and valuable sugar trade led to an advanced and luxurious development that was among the best in the Colonial Caribbean. Natural Beauty, Sunny Skies, Crystal Clear waters and white sandy beaches, welcome to the beautiful twin islands of St. Kitts and Nevis. They offer relaxation, activities to engage your mind, picturesque landscapes with a touch of adventure and rich history to engage your mind. There are approximately 12 beautiful, white sandy beaches on this island. Few of these beaches such as Frigate Bay South, Turtle beach, Banana Bay and Pinney’s Beach have a restaurant and bar and live steel band nearby. The other beaches are either undeveloped or secluded such as Cockleshell, Sand Bank Bay and South Friar’s.
Lovers of history can spend part of the day at the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. Built during the English and French dual occupation of the island from 1627 to 1713, the Fortress almost acts as time capsule to showcase just how seriously the various colonial powers took protecting their international assets. You can roam the grounds of the Fortress, see the island from up above, and gaze out to the horizon for any possible invaders.
Once a historic plantation with almost 400 years of operational history, Romney Manor is now seen as somewhat of an artist haven. The grounds were used as a sugarcane plantation until the 2000s. However, unlike other historic sugarcane plantations on the islands, they freed their slaves upon arrival and paid them to work, the first plantation to do so. Now, the grounds are used as an active archaeological site to learn more about the sugarcane production as well as an artist studio where traditional art forms are practiced.
While there is plenty of nightlife to indulge in, the general vibe of the island is a more relaxed one. The dance clubs are not the loud, thumping establishments found on other islands. Instead, they’re more relaxed and focus a bit more on relaxation. There is a variety of establishments to indulge in, but there is nothing wrong with getting a table at a seaside cocktail lounge and watching the sun sink into the water.
Competitive sports are not the standard on St. Kitts. However, water sports are king and thanks to several massive sports complexes on the island, you can learn a new skill. Whether you want to take up kitesurfing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, or something in between, you’ll be able to learn on St. Kitts.
While St. Kitts doesn’t have the huge blow-out festivals that a lot of other Caribbean islands do, there is still plenty of opportunity to enjoy a local music festival. The ever-popular St. Kitts Music Festival draws visitors and performers from all over the world to enjoy the sounds of jazz, reggae, and R&B.
St. Kitts is easily reached by air from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and continental Europe. A wide range of non-stop, connecting, and charter flights are scheduled daily, serving Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) just north of the capital city of Basseterre. SKB also serves flights from several Caribbean nations, including San Juan, Antigua, St. Martin, St. Thomas, Charlotte, and our sister island, Nevis.
If you are planning a cruise of the Eastern Caribbean, you can book a cruise through St. Kitts and enjoy the island for the day. You’ll land at the port city of Basseterre where you’ll get to explore the beaches and jungles of this emerald spot of the Caribbean.
Once you get to the sunny shores of St. Kitts, you can get yourself a rental car to explore the beautiful island and all of its natural wonders.
Near the capital of Bassterre, two bays merge together and create Frigate Bay. Here, you can rent out some beach chairs and enjoy the warm breezes of the Caribbean. Without a care in the world, you can enjoy the bright blue waters, dig your toes into the soft sand, and relax as you stare out toward the horizon.
Adventurers can climb the near 3,800-foot summit of the stratovolcano Mount Liamuiga. The highest point on the mountain, it is recommended that you take a mountain guide, no matter how skilled you are at hiking and climbing. Once you reach the top, you’ll be able to look all around and enjoy the island from an entirely different perspective.
The Right Excellent Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw: The first Premier of St. Kitts and Nevis. Bradshaw gained political power as he became the president of the St. Kitts and Nevis Trades and Labour Union. He always fought for the rights of the workers and made sure that the citizens of St. Kitts would always be looked after.
The National Museum of St. Kitts is a great place to spend the day and learn more about the history of this great island. Housed in the old treasury building, you can learn all about the history and culture of this great community.
Lovers of nature will delight in an opportunity to explore the island with Greg’s Safari. You’ll head up into the mountains on one of the custom-made Land Rovers and then hike through or drive through the luscious jungle. You’ll get to see all sorts of animals, such as monkeys, birds of paradise, and maybe even more.
Hurricane Irma hit St. Kitts and Nevis hard in 2017. While the islands have done a good job at recovering, there is still work to do. You can donate to the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society to help further these efforts and help the nation prepare for any future disasters.
Animal lovers out there can make an impact in the life of shelter animals on St. Kitts by donating to the Basseterre Animal Rescue Centre. Any amount is helpful because it takes a lot to keep these cats and dogs happy and healthy while waiting for their “furever homes.”