Tuesday, 6 March 2018

A Guide to St Kitts - Fall in Love With the Caribbean





When I think of the Caribbean, usually the likes of Jamaica, Antigua and Barbados come to mind. But there are SO many other islands to discover, many of which I hadn't even heard of until last year. In December I was lucky enough to go to St. Kitts with my work, so decided to put together a guide to this little gem of a destination!

St Kitts is twinned with the island of Nevis and jointly they are known as the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. While most Caribbean islands portray white, sandy beaches, St. Kitts is totally unique as it is known for rainforests, lush green mountains and beaches of white, grey and even black sands.

Of course one of the main reasons for visiting the Caribbean is the amazing weather (I went in December and wrote a post on why I now want to go away every Winter!)

For those who don't know about St. Kitts, here is your whistle stop guide...




History: St Kitts has a strong historical heritage and is where the story of the modern Caribbean begins. English adventurers established a colony there in 1623, with the French arriving the following year. Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is home to a World Heritage-listed military fort.

History lovers will also enjoy Wingfield Estate, where the ruins of the first working estate and rum distillery in the Caribbean have been uncovered.

The best way to discover St. Kitts’ rich history is to take a taxi tour or join an organised excursion. I spent half a day on a taxi tour and learnt SO much in a short space of time while ticking off all the sights.



What to do: St. Kitts delivers everything you’d expect from a Caribbean holiday. For the adventure lover, you can go zip-lining through the rainforest, wreck diving or hike up the dormant Mt Liamuiga. The volcano stands at 3,972 feet and is no easy hike but totally worth it for the views at the top.

The scenic railway is a must to see the island and capture great views. The train was originally built in 1926 but is now a memorable attraction, riding around the north coast complete with guided commentary and complimentary drinks and sugar cakes.

Visiting the neighbour island St. Kitts is easy, you can either take a 45-minute ferry, 20-minute car ferry or six-minute water taxi.



Where to eat: By far one of the best things about St. Kitts is the fresh Caribbean food and cocktails made with traditional Kittitian rum.

For casual dining, beach shacks like Mr. X's Shiggidy Shack Beach Bar & Grill on Frigate Bay beach is a must. SALT Plage is also a great ocean-side restaurant with incredible views. Spice Mill Restaurant and El Fredos are also well rated. Anywhere you eat in St. Kitts you are sure of a decent meal!
Park Hyatt


Royal Marriott
Ocean Terrace Inn
Where to stay: When I visited I stayed at the Park Hyatt, the latest hotel to open in St. Kitts. It has three signature restaurants, two pools, a spa and watersports. The resort is very peaceful and relaxed. 

For a totally unique accommodation experience, Belle Mont Farm is beautiful! It is based in Kittitian Hill so is high up in the mountains. It is an entirely eco-minded resort with its own organic farm. The accommodation is totally luxurious and boasts stunning coastal views.

St Kitts Marriott Resort is a popular resort with great dining options and Frigate Bay beach just a short walk away and Ocean Terrace Inn also has everything you need and is in walking distance of St. Kitts’ capital, Bassetterre.

Romance: St. Kitts makes the ideal wedding or honeymoon destinations, with its beautiful beaches, warm tropical climate and high-class hotels. Destination2 are currently running a campaign to find out people's ideal wedding and honeymoon destinations and mine would definitely have to be St. Kitts! I live for sunshine and cannot cope with the British cold weather.

Destination2 are also running a competition to win a holiday in Mauritius. It is open until the end of December 2018 so be sure to check it out here!

Have you visited the Caribbean? Where would be your ideal honeymoon destination?

*Post in collaboration with Destination2

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