Make these islands your own
Relaxation’s not for everyone. If you can’t just sit on a sunlounger, don’t worry: St Kitts and Nevis welcome explorers of all types. And with everything within easy reach on the islands, there’s no excuse not to see it all.
Pack your trainers: St Kitts and Nevis offer great terrain for hikers and anyone who wants to enjoy lovely hilltop views. Golfers will be pleased to find an 18 hole course where they can drive a ball from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Caribbean Sea. Keen divers might be surprised to find rare black coral trees flourishing underwater at some of the islands’ dive sites. Music lovers will discover the island's annual festival: featuring enough reggae to make the palm trees sway. It’s all here on St Kitts and Nevis.
St Kitts’ Brimstone Hill Fortress is the country’s only UNESCO-listed site. It’s an enormous, towering fort which took over a century to construct and still has an excellent vantage point, commanding amazing views over its surroundings. And for more great views: the St Kitts Scenic Railway is a really easy way to admire the sugar cane plantations from a picturesque locomotive.
The communities on St Kitts and Nevis come together throughout the year to celebrate: there’s a Golf Tournament, a Latin Fiesta and even a restaurant week. But the main event is the St Kitts Music Festival, which has run for 23 years and seen the likes of Chaka Khan and UB40 play on stage – let it provide the perfect relaxing soundtrack to your holiday.
Plantain chips and fresh seafood – especially spiny lobster – star on most of the islands’ menus. St Kitts has a couple of great restaurants, including The Spice Mill, a romantic, open-air venue with views over Nevis. As for your drinks order: the popular Carib beer is brewed on the island – and most resorts have their own special rum punch recipe, so you should probably sample a few.
Many St Kitts beaches sit along its skinny southeast peninsula. Beach-hop from Frigate Bay down to Turtle Beach, where you'll find good views of Nevis. Nevis has plenty of lovely sandy spots, too. Head to Oualie Beach and on to Lover’s Beach for the reverse view back to St Kitts – or drive down to the three-mile long Pinney’s Beach. On both islands, the Caribbean-facing beaches are generally more sheltered than the Atlantic side.
The mountainous interiors of St Kitts and Nevis afford lovely views – if you’re up for a hike to reach them. You can explore the slopes of dormant volcano Mt. Liamuiga on St Kitts. Nevis’s cloud-covered central volcano might not always offer clear views, but it does have a number of trails – and you’re more likely to spot a vervet monkey than another person.
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