The larger of the two-island nation-state of St Kitts and Nevis, St Kitts is gorgeous, lush and full of cultural experiences. Many tourists to St Kitts arrive on cruise ships for a quick visit. However, there is much to recommend here – from many lovely beaches to the cultural and historic attractions such as Brimstone Hill Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage site designed by the British military and built by African slaves) – that warrant a longer stay on this former British colony.
The splendid beaches remain relatively crowd-free. They range from the well-known Frigate Bay Beach near Basseterre (close to many hotels, restaurants and bars) to beaches on the southern tip such as Turtle Beach, Banana Bay and Cockleshell Beach with amazing views of Nevis just across the channel.
The island is a delight for nature lovers, with many experiences on offer, from trekking the tropical rain forest up to Mount Liamuiga’s summit to diving in the virgin coral reefs and ancient shipwrecks.
British Airways has twice-weekly flights from London Gatwick (10 hrs 15 mins) via Antigua on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
St Kitts is a perfect year-round destination. Temperatures average a balmy 81ºF (27ºC) during the winter months, increasing to 86 ºF (30ºC) in the summer. The driest months are February to June. August to October are the quietest months. The annual St Kitts Music Festival is held at the end of June.
Why St Kitts?
“St Kitts has an incredible history and culture, as well as being a beautiful place to chill and relax, making it ideal to combine with Nevis and Anguilla for a multi-centre Caribbean odyssey – we can definitely recommend it” – Mike and Karen Williams, co-founders of The Caribbeanist