The Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda

St. Kitts

written by | Posted on January 25th, 2012

This article originally appeared in Delta Air Lines’ 2012 Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Travel Guide. It has been extracted from its original format. To read the full travel guide, visit the digital edition.

You don’t hear much about St. Kitts in comparison with too many other Caribbean islands like Jamaica and The Bahamas, but that’s not due to any lack of appeal on the island’s part. More likely, it’s the result of the laid-back, humble nature of its people, locals who are as happy to share their home with visitors as they are with the slow pace of their lives. Most resorts here are boutique, family-owned properties, many housed in historic structures like plantation greathouses. The one exception is the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino, set right on the beach and near what’s known as “The Strip,” a line of bars set right on the sand. By day, The Strip is as low-key as you can get—visitors can saunter up, order a drink, and spend an entire day laying on the sand. But by night, locals and tourists alike gather at The Strip for live music, dancing, impromptu games of beach volleyball and an all-around rowdier atmosphere. Don’t stay out too late, though, as it would be a shame to miss a ziplining excursion through the St. Kitts rainforest, or historical sights like Brimstone Hill Frotress, a UNESCO World Heritage site built over the course of a century, emerging as a fully formed military base in the 1790s. At the St. Kitts Sugar Factory and Compound, visitors can witness the island’s more recent history, which once depended upon the production and export of sugar. Day trips to St. Kitts’ sister island, Nevis, are also popular. It’s an even quieter island, anchored by the ultra-luxe Four Seasons Nevis and the attached Robert Trent Jones II golf course. Nevis’ dormant volcano provides ample hiking opportunities, with some trails leading through ruins of plantations and offering scenic views out to sea.

Facts

  • Best time to go:
    November to May
  • Fun fact:
    The extinct volcano at the center of St. Kitts rises nearly 4,000 ft. above the sea
  • Getting there:
    Delta flies from Atlanta to St. Kitts
  • Entry documents:
    Valid passport
  • Currency:
    Eastern Caribbean dollar; U.S. dollars are widely accepted
  • Must-try local food:
    Local grilled seafood
  • Best buys:
    Batik fabric
  • Information please:
    St. Kitts Tourism Authority—stkittstourism.kn