Things to do in St Kitts
St Kitts is not a well-trodden destination, until recently you couldn’t fly to St Kitts directly. Now you can but still St Kitts is slowly becoming more recognised. Families come here because friendly and easy to get around, couples come here because of its tranquillity. Everyone can enjoy its centuries of British History, thriving rainforest, dinky scenic railway and forts not to forget the warm waters, pristine beaches, the food and even the rum.
Best things to do and see
SHOPPING AND DINING
You’re never far from a good meal in St Kitts; street food, a beach shack or fine dining, there is plenty to choose from. Being in the Caribbean, seafood is always fresh and plentiful, with options from locally caught snapper to lobster.
St Kitts grows a rich variety of produce and, as with other Caribbean islands, has an abundance of seafood and meats. West Indian cuisine is common, of course with its own twist. Goat is a favourite, the country’s national dish is “Goat Water” a kind of stew.
The best of shopping is to be found at independence square in Basseterre, where you’ll find a mix of souvenir shops, arts and crafts as well as restaurants and bars.
Head off to Amina Craft Market, here you’ll find duty free shops selling jewellery and souvenirs you will also find stalls selling locally made art and crafts as well as food!
CULTURE AND HISTORY
In common with other Caribbean islands, St Kitts has a vibrant culture of celebrations and carnivals, with the main event taking place around Christmas time and encompassing several days of celebration.
Music is a big part of local life with several festivals throughout the year, as well as Soco, Calypso and Steel Pan music, Jazz and Salsa are now becoming more popular.
Take a walking tour of historical Basseterre. Highlights include; Independence Square, the bustling Basseterre Circus – inspired by London’s Piccadilly Circus and home to the Berkeley Memorial, the Anglican church and the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church featuring amazing 18th-century architecture. Don’t miss the national museum in the Old Treasury building located in downtown Basseterre.
WATER AND SPORTS
Zoom through the lush tropical rainforests of St. Kitts on a zipline. Friendly, professional zipline staff will guide you through a total of five lines, up to 1350 ft long, that offer breath-taking views. Zipline through the ravine, to get a glimpse at Brimstone Hill and listen to the teeming sounds of the forest.
No visit is complete without visiting the exotic black sand of Dieppe Bay Beach. Sun-lovers will love sun bathing on the shiny volcanic sand. Its calm clear waters are ideal for bathing, thanks to a major reef that protects the bay. Home to a colourful array of marine life, the reef makes for excellent snorkelling right from the beach.
NATURE AND WILDLIFE
While most rain forests on earth are disappearing, the rainforest in St. Kitts is actually growing, thanks to old sugar plantations now being reclaimed. Not for the unfit traveller, a hike up Mt. Liamuiga – a dormant volcano – is a unique adventure as you trek pass waterfalls, the tropical rainforest and the cloud forest at higher elevations. The spectacular view from the peak, is a rich reward for this 4+ hour guided hike.
Booby Island seems to be the only place in St Kitts & Nevis free from the non-native mammals. This forms a vital refuge for native species despite being only one hectare in size.
Originally brought from Africa as pets in the 17th century, the green velvet monkey has become abundant. Whilst popular with tourists, locals are less impressed with them.
Eat Good Live Long!
Ital food (originating from the Rastafarian culture) is available from a food truck in Basseterre. Always fresh and natural, without chemicals, Ital food is healthy, nutritious and good for you. Look for OJ’s Ital Cart in Baseterre.
Events and holidays
02 Aug 21 Emancipation Day
Spice Fest takes place at Spice Mill restaurant on Cockleshell Beach. An annual 3 night event featuring celebrity chefs, food, art and more.
March every year – The Narrow Swim
The swim distance is 2.5miles (4km) from Oualie Beach on Nevis across the ‘Narrows’ to finish at Cockleshell Beach on St Kitts. It continues to offer both a race and a challenge to open water swim enthusiasts and adventurers alike. They will take on the best open ocean swimmers in the region and the world.
June – (Annual event) – St Kitts Music Festival
The St. Kitts Music Festival is a festival of popular music held annually in June on the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts. The festival was originally called the Shak Shak Festival, and was first held in 1996. The music festival showcases a diverse assortment of international headliners.
July (Annual event) – Nevis Mango Food Festival
The Nevis Mango & Food Festival is a weekend of culinary enjoyment celebrating the mango and culinary excellence. It occupies four days of dining experiences, cooking demonstrations and master cook-along classes conducted by international and local celebrity chef,s as well as a mango beach celebration on Nevis’ most famous beach.
July (Annual event)- St Kitts & Nevis Annual Restaurant Week
What better way to experience Kittitian culture than tasting it yourself? The St Kitts and Nevis Restaurant Week celebrates the best cooking the islands have to offer. Participating restaurants will serve unique fixed-menu lunches and dinners, each revolving around our theme ingredient — coconut. And don’t miss a trio of special events hosted by celebrity restaurateur Pino Luongo and established local chefs.
July / August (Annual event) – Nevis Culturama Festival
Nevis’ premier festival is a unique celebration of the most significant milestone in their history – the emancipation of slaves in the 1830s. It is a 12-day focus on all aspects of Nevisian arts and culture.
November – January (Annual event) – St Kitts & Nevis National Carnival ‘Sugar Mas’
The St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival, otherwise known as Sugar Mas, is a unique Caribbean carnival. It takes place annually between Christmas and New Year and is the only Caribbean carnival to blend the spirit of Christmas into the festivities. The island is taken over with the carnival fever, colourful costumes, displays, partygoers and with many activities to be enjoyed throughout the duration of the carnival, it will be an experience to remember.
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