Things to do in Saint Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) is a charming sovereign Caribbean country located in the Leeward islands and approximately a three hour flight from Miami, Florida. The country remains a part of the British Commonwealth with the Queen as the official head of state. The two neighbouring islands that form the country are located two miles apart with Basseterre as the capital of St. Kitts and Charlestown the capital of Nevis. Travel between the islands is quick and efficient via a car ferry service or private boat. Combined the two islands equate to only 106 square miles making it one of the smallest countries in the United Nations. The total population of the country is approximately 55,000 and English is the official language spoken.

Travelling to SKN is easy with daily direct flights from Miami and weekly flights from Toronto, New York and London.  With the ease of travel and an average temperature of 28 °C (84° f) combined with endless white sandy beaches has resulted in a large influx of tourists from all over the world. In fact, in 2012 Saint Kitts and Nevis ranked third on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “10 Best Islands in the World”. The busiest time of year for tourists is December to April with prices dropping by late February.

Once you arrive on island where are you going to stay? My two top recommendations are the Marriott hotel on St. Kitts and the luxurious Four Seasons on Nevis. The Marriott is centrally located in Frigate Bay and a family friendly destination with over 8 restaurants meeting your every need from causal to fine dining. The Marriott has terrific pools for lounging around and come complete with a swim up bar for those never wanting to leave the water. And for those looking to test their luck the resort is home to the Royal Beach Casino and adjacent to the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club.

The Four Seasons Nevis is only a short ferry away from St. Kitts and while not for the price sensitive it offers amazing amenities such as the Peter Burwash Tennis Centre and one of the top golf courses in the Caribbean – the Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course.  They are family oriented resort with many family activities to choose from.

What if you want to venture out from the resort – what are the top attractions? My personal favourite happens to be the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The origins of this military base date back to 1690 when British military engineers first designed it. It was built and maintained by African slaves and is known as one of the best preserved historical fortifications in the Americas. But don’t my word for it – check it out for yourself!

Another great option away from your resort is a hike up Mount Liamuiga – the highest peak on island and a dormant Volcano. At nearly 3,800 feet the hike is not for the weak hearted but the views at the top make the challenging trek all the worthwhile. It is a full day trip and make sure to hire a guide as you don’t want to get lost in the thick tropical jungle.

Of course being in the Caribbean, SKN offers many water activities such as diving & snorkeling. Boating & fishing and countless beaches to explore. Whatever your choice you are sure to have fun and enjoy the warm inviting people that call SKN home.

Jon Green