Once the heartbeat of the sugar industry, St Kitts is rapidly becoming a favourite holiday destination amongst visitors to the Caribbean. Tourism is booming on this tiny island with an ever-increasing number of holidaymakers flocking to its shores. Fabulous beaches, awe-inspiring rainforests and a colonial history are just a few of St Kitts’ key characteristics.
The influx of wealth from tourism has also seen a great deal of development take place on the island, with luxury marinas and a whole host of 5-star resorts popping up around the island. On the whole, St Kitts is an exotic paradise, where the food is outstanding and the cocktails are plentiful.
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Flights: You can fly to St Kitts from London Gatwick.
Passport/visa requirements: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry.
Packing essentials: May to November sees the most rain, with October the heaviest. It’s worth packing accordingly but with a steady 24-28 degrees year-round, you’ll quickly dry out.
Venture across the island and you’ll find a treasure trove of hidden gems, historical sites, incredible landscapes, traditional market towns and scenic railways. The Brimstone Hill Fortress, an 18th Century military base and UNESCO World Heritage site, provides a fascinating insight into and humbling insight into the slave trade and the colonisation of the Caribbean.
Evidence of the French’s involvement on St Kitts can be found in Basseterre. The capital city is one of the oldest towns in the Caribbean. Remnants of the island’s colonial past can be found all around the island, including Georgian styled architecture and London place names, such as Pall Mall, the name given to the town’s main square.
Slightly to the east of the capital is South Frigate Bay, where the most obvious signs of development have taken shape. The area is home to a huge new Marriot hotel, casino and a fantastic selection of restaurants and bars, all dotted along South Frigate beach. A brand new marina and numerous property developments are also starting to take shape to welcome the new influx of tourists. In short, the area is very quickly becoming associated with the sort of luxury you’d expect from other Caribbean islands, including The Bahamas.
Easily accessible from St Kitts is its sister island Nevis. The island is just a short boat trip away. We recommend a trip to Nisbet Beach or the island’s capital, Charlestown, for those looking to do a little island hopping!
On the whole, St Kitts enjoys hot weather all year around with temperatures ranging from the mid to high twenties. On particularly hot days you can expect the heat to creep into the thirties. The best time to visit is from mid-December to April, the island’s high season. As with most Caribbean islands, hurricane season runs from June to November, but you’re more likely to experience adverse weather later in the year from October-time. That being said, it’s always best to keep an eye on the forecast and news updates.
What’s not to love about St Kitts? Head here for a real insight into the Caribbean’s colonial history, some of the Caribbean’s best beaches and lots of fun in the sun in an increasingly more popular part of the West Indies.
Everyone’s favourite beach in St Kitts seems to be Cockleshell Bay on the southeast of the island.
This mile-long crescent of soft sand and crystal-blue water boasts all the amenities you could possibly need for a fabulous day at the beach, including sun loungers, water sports hire and a choice of dining options.
One of the main selling points? The picture-perfect views of St Kitts’ sister island, Nevis.
Cockleshell Bay is also the main go-to for cruise ship tourists, so arrive early and aim for a weekday if you want to beat the rush.
A more isolated option is Major Bay, which is perfect for anyone who values peace, or couples looking for a more romantic location.
You won’t have to worry about cruise ship crowds here, as they rarely head this way.
Visitors can swim in the rather bizarre natural swimming pool that has been created by a shipwreck, so it’s wise to take a snorkel and mask.
If you prefer a livelier beach experience, you should probably opt for a day at Frigate Bay South.
This soft white stretch of sand is home to the St Kitts equivalent of a ‘strip’, with a host of bars providing you with the opportunity to sip cocktails as you sit watching the waves lap against the shore.
The beach is more accessible than it has been in the past, thanks to the opening of the south-east peninsula highway.
Wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea (pardon the pun), the stunning Royal St Kitts Golf Club hosts an annual five-day tournament where professionals battle it out with amateurs.
The St Kitts and Nevis Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am Golf Tournament is a competitive affair with the stunning Mount Liamuiga in the background.
Towards the end of March is the annual Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim. Don’t be daunted by the sounds of it as it’s only a short swim between the two islands.
More than just a bit of fun, the cross-channel swim is also there to raise awareness of turtle conservation.
If this is something you could be in tune with, make sure you pack your trunks or swimming costume!
St Kitts is a hub of fantastic food, and this is showcased during the St Kitts and Nevis Restaurant Week, held towards the end of July.
Each year has a specific culinary theme that’s local to the Caribbean and specifically St Kitts and Nevis. Everyone can also benefit from a range of offers in participating restaurants, including lunch and dinner specials.
Eat until your heart’s content, and no doubt wash it all down with a few rums.