8Great: Venture St. Kitts
by Stefanie Michaels
The 69-square mile isle of St. Kitts formally known as St. Christopher Island, is a casual and beachy destination. A step away from most of those typical touristy islands in the Caribbean, its low-key approach to tourism is refreshing. It’s not one of those too small islands with nothing to do. In fact, there are plenty of things to see and explore. If relaxing on the beach is more your thing, there’s plenty of beautiful coves to chill on, too.
Where: Twelve hundred miles southeast of Miami in the Caribbean.
When: October through end of June.
1. Stay at the St. Kitts Marriott Hotel & the Royal Beach Casino. It’s an adult playground with an on-site spa, fitness center with an area for spinning, main swimming pool with a swim-up bar, two additional pools, tennis, volleyball, a championship golf course, concierge services and casino.
Don’t Miss: The Casino for late night fun.
2. Take a ride on St. Kitts Scenic Railway, which was an integral part of the isle’s sugar trade that lasted for more than 350 years and ended in 2005. Guests can tour around the island and spy spectacular views.
Don’t Miss: Make sure to inquire with the conductor as to where the Atlantic and Caribbean sea meet for an interesting photo op.
3. Visit St. Kitts national park. Take a rainforest walk with Greg’s Safaris and spot a waterfall or two on your adventure.
Don’t Miss: Butterfly spotting.
4. One of St. Kitts premier tourist spots (ok, there is one), is Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its construction took more than a 100 years and has been dubbed the “Gibraltar of the West Indies” by locals.
Don’t Miss: That perfect photo op next to one of the iron canons.
5. A place to spend the day is at Cockleshell Bay. Calm turquoise waters meet white powdery sand with views across to Nevis, St. Kitts sister isle, makes a perfect place to hunker down and enjoy a day at the beach.
Don’t Miss: The monkey sanctuary right next to the kayak rentals. They’re a hoot!
6. Visit Carib Brewery, the official beer of the island, where 750,000 cases of Carib, SKOL, Guinness, Royal Extra Stout, Giant Malt and Vita Malt are brewed and distributed annually. A tour includes how beer is made and bottled. Free admission.
Don’t Miss: Make sure to contact the brewery ahead of time to book a tour.
7. Visit during the month of June, and head to the St. Kitts Music Festival, where famous singers from Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Hip-hop and contemporary collide. Past artists have included John Legend, Lionel Richie, T-Pain, Michael Bolton K.C. and the Sunshine Band.
Don’t Miss: It’s all about the music. Get there early as up and comers in the world of Soca and Reggae take the stage first.
8. Dine at Reggae Beach Bar and Grill, Spice Mill Restaurant, Rock Lobster, and Nirvana Restaurant for some of the freshest seafood around.
Don’t Miss: Ordering the freshest of Lobsters, simply grilled with sweet butter.
For St. Kitts info head to: St. Kitts Tourism Website