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St. Kitts

St. Kitts Travel Guide

Why St. Kitts?

  • St. Kitts Scenic Railway
  • Bloody Point & Brimstone Hill Fortress
  • Black sand and white sand beaches
  • Hiking in the rainforest
  • Monkeys - the African Green Vervet monkey roams here, said to have been brought to St. Kitts/Nevis as pets to the French settlers
  • High tea at the Golden Lemon
  • St. George's Anglican Church

St. Kitts Island Guide

St. Kitts is an island that will have something for everyone in your party. The kids will enjoy hiking through the rainforests trying to spot the evasive African Green Vervet monkeys, making sandcastles on the black and white sand beaches, or swimming and diving in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. The adults will have their hands full trying to decide between scuba diving, hiking the rocky crags of Mount Liamuiga, and hanging out in the casinos. There will be tough decisions to make about accommodations, too. The island has a wide selection of villa rentals, hotels, resorts, and bed and breakfast properties from which to choose. No matter what your tastes or pocketbook, you're sure to find just what you're looking for on St. Kitts.

St. Kitts Weather/Climate

Average Temperatures
Highs Lows
January 81 ° F 75 ° F
February 81 ° F 75 ° F
March 82 ° F 75 ° F
April 83 ° F 76 ° F
May 85 ° F 78 ° F
June 87 ° F 79 ° F
July 87 ° F 79 ° F
August 88 ° F 79 ° F
September 88 ° F 78 ° F
October 87 ° F 78 ° F
November 85 ° F 77 ° F
December 82 ° F 76 ° F

Average Rainfall
January 1.19
February 0.96
March 0.79
April 1.07
May 1.46
June 1.09
July 1.13
August 1.46
September 1.71
October 1.7
November 1.85
December 1.22

Overview

Combine traditional Caribbean attractions, Old World history, dark, mysterious rainforests, a British air, and you'll end up with St. Kitts. An unpretentious destination with affordable accommodations and certainly without the usual tourist trappings, St. Kitts is considered one of the true treasures of the Caribbean.

Positioned with her sister island Nevis, between Montserrat and St. Eustatius, St. Kitts' is an island of varied terrain from volcanic peaks covered with lush green vegetation (usually hidden by the huge mists that circle it), rolling sugar cane fields, to the arid, undeveloped southeast peninsula with sandy coves. The rainforests are largely unspoiled and untrampled (mostly due to their lack of developed roads.) Hike into nature at Mt. Liamuiga from either Harris or Belmont Estate. A guide is helpful for the trek through the orchid-flecked forest to the lip of the volcanic peak, at about 2,000 feet. The guide helps with exploring inside the crater where portions of the path are navigated by hanging onto vines and trees. You're likely to happen upon the vervet monkeys brought to the island as pets by the French and happily roaming St. Kitts' rainforests and roadsides.

St. Christopher (the name shortened to St. Kitts later) is the first Caribbean Island to be colonized by both the English and French who shared the island from 1625 to 1713. The last quarter of the 18th century was a volatile era of revolutions, slave uprisings and intense colonial rivalry in these islands. The island's proud heritage is evident in a number of locales, including Brimstone Hill-a fortress that was more than 100 years in the making continues to claim its spectacular outlook over the western coast with imposing silence. Known as the "Gibraltar of the West Indies" and a National Park since 1985, Brimstone Hill's 38 acres are a must-see when you visit St. Kitts. The upper levels of the 800-foot hill offer panoramic vistas of forested mountains, cultivated fields, the historic town of Sandy Point and the neighboring islands of Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Barts. The Citadel has remained virtually intact and houses many canons and a small museum and visitor's center. Since 1996 the first of its kind archaeological project is being undertaken which focuses on African slaves in the context of the colonial military as this fortress was born out of the sweat and toil of these African slaves who helped build this massive fortification.

Historic plantation houses on the island provide luxury accommodations in tranquil and lush surroundings. Visit the Romney Manor, nestled 500 feet above sea level on the slopes of a volcano, the estate is set in 9 acres of tropical gardens. Home to the famous Caribelle Batik factory and just 15 minutes from Basseterre, your Caribbean holiday is not complete until you've seen the artisans here craft this colorful fabric. On the way stop and see the Carib petroglyphs carved on huge stones found on the island.

St. Kitts' most famous attraction however, is her crystal blue water, making it seem no accident that Columbus named the isle for the famous swimmer, St. Christopher. Diving on St. Kitts is ideal for both wreck and reef divers who are looking for remote underwater locales to explore. Local dive operators are ecology-minded and continue to protect the reefs. Most sites are within a short boat ride from shore. Some favorites include: Monkey Shoals, Coconut Tree Reef, Nags Head and Sandy Point. Snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing and windsurfing are also popular pastimes on the island. Beaches are mostly black sand due to the volcanic heritage, but the few white sand beaches are clean, deserted and as white as fine sugar.

An independent nation with Nevis whose primary language is English, St. Kitts prides herself on being tourist friendly and accommodating. Ferry and air service is available to visit neighboring Nevis, only 5 miles away, which makes a nice day trip to explore yet another Caribbean jewel. Still a relatively undiscovered destination spot, St. Kitts appeals to nature lovers, scuba divers and those seeking a quiet place to relax away from the crowds.

Top 5 Things To Do

Top 5 Thing to Do

Scenic Train Tour

Hop on the Sugar Train and tour St. Kitts while listening to folk songs and feasting on sugar cakes!

An afternoon trip on the Sugar Train, as it’s better known, is a 30 mile tour that includes a 17 and a half mile scenic train ride and an 11 mile bus tour. The 3 hour tour circles the island’s coastline while a conductor delivers a unique perspective on the island’s culture, people, views and history.

Top 5 Thing to Do

Reggae Beach Bar & Grill

Don't miss the Reggae Beach Bar & Grill for a day full of food, fun and festivity.

Located on Cockleshell Beach on the South East Peninsula of St. Kitts, Reggae Beach Bar & Grill is a popular spot for not only enjoying fresh grilled seafood, ribs, and tropical frozen concoctions but also taking in a game of beach volleyball, snorkeling on the protected reef or ocean kayaking. And how could I forget, Wilbur, the bar's mascot pig, is around for additional entertainment and photo ops.

Top 5 Thing to Do

The Royal Beach Casino at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort

Try your hand at the Royal Beach Casino under the splendor of the recreated Caribbean night sky.

The Royal Beach Casino is one of the Caribbean's largest (35,000 sq ft) and most luxurious casinos. Located in the St. Kitts Marriott Resort at Frigate Bay.

Top 5 Thing to Do

Hiking the Rainforest

Hike the trails in to the lush tropical rainforest and come eye to eye with a green monkey!

Experience the many trails in to the island's tropical rainforest. Take a rugged hike up Mount Liamuiga to the mile-wide crater rim of this dormant volcano or take one of the paths behind Romney Manor to go deep within the tropical landscape.

Transportation on St. Kitts

Getting to St. Kitts and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

Proof of citizenship and an on-going ticket

Airport

Robert L. Bradshaw Airport.

Departure Tax

US$10

Driving

On the left - a temporary driver's license is required costing around US$12 available from the Police Department.

St. Kitts Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don't just stay in St. Kitts villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! Proper documents must be presented for marriage approvalCost: Around US$80Documents Required: Passports or birth certificates; For couples wishing to be married by a minister on St. Kitts, a letter from the couples stateside minister must be presented v

Know Before You Go...® - St. Kitts Travel Tips

Before making their way to St. Kitts villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in St. Kitts even more relaxing.

Capital: Basseterre
Population: 36,000
Size: 23 miles long; 68 square miles.
Electric Current: 220
Time: 06:13 am zone:-4 (GMT/UTC -4)
Official Language: English
Telephone: Local area code is 869.

St. Kitts Department of Tourism

Pelican Mall, Bay RoadP.O. Box 132Basseterre, St. Kitts

(869) 469-1042
(869) 469-1066
www.stkittsnevis.net

St. Kitts And Nevis Hotel & Tourism Association

(869) 465-5304
stkitnevhta@caribsurf.com
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