Caribbean Tourism

St. Kitts and Nevis

Excursions - St. Kitts

A clockwise route around the island will enable you to see most of the historical sites. A cheap way of touring the island is to take a minibus from Basseterre (Bay Road) to Dieppe Bay own, then walk to Saddlers (there might be a minibus if you are lucky) where you can get another minibus back to Basseterre along the Atlantic coast. There are several good...

The Leeward Islands

The Leeward Islands are a geographical grouping of small, mostly volcanic islands in the northeastern Caribbean. They include French, Dutch and British colonies and ex-colonies and combine within a small area very varied and rich cultures. Whereas in colonial times they were nearly all sugar producers, today they rely on tourism for a large part of their...

St. Kitts

St Kitts has an area of 68 square miles, made up of three groups of rugged volcano peaks split by deep ravines and a low lying peninsula in the southeast where there are salt ponds and fine beaches. The dormant volcano, Mount Liamuiga (3,792ft, pronounced Lie-a-mee-ga) occupies the central part of the island. The mountain was previously named Mount Misery...

Nevis

Across the two-mile Narrows Channel from St Kitts is the beautiful little island of Nevis The islands covers an area of 36 square miles and the central peak, 3,232 ft, is usually shrouded in white clouds and mist. It reminded Columbus of Spanish snow-capped mountains and so he called the island “Las Nieves”. (It reminds others, in the wet, of the English...

Charlestown

The main town is Charlestown, one of the best preserved old towns in the Caribbean. Situated on Gallows Bay and guarded by Fort Charles to the south and the long sweep of Pinney’s Beach to the north, it is a small town with a compact centre. At first sight it would be easy to be disappointed. However there are several interesting buildings dating from the...

Basseterre

The small port of Basseterre is the capital and largest town. By West Indian standards, it is quite big and as such has a quite different feel from its close neighbour, Charlestown. It was founded some 70 years later in 1727. Earthquakes, hurricanes and finally a disastrous fire destroyed the town in 1867 and consequently its buildings are comparatively...

Shopping

The shopper has plenty of choice and is not swamped by US or British merchandise. Shops are well stocked. Local Sea Island cotton wear and cane and basketwork are attractive and reasonable. Shop opening hours 0800-1600, Mon-Sat. Early closing on Thu & also Sat for some shops. Walls Deluxe Record and Bookshop on Fort Street has a good selection of music...

History

Before Columbus’s arrival in 1493, there were Amerindians living on both islands, whose relics can still be seen in some areas. As in most of the other islands, however, they were slaughtered by European immigrants, although the Caribs fought off the British and the French for many years and their battle scenes are celebrated locally. St Kitts became the...

Golf & Other Sports

Horse riding, mountain climbing, cycling, tennis and golf are available. On St Kitts there are Trinity Stables (beach tours US$25 per hour, rainforest tour US$40), T465-3226/9603, and Royal Stables at West Farm, T4652222, F4654444, on Nevis at the Hermitage Plantation, T4693477, F4692481, where they also have horse-drawn carriage tours, US$50 per 30 minutes...

Food & Drink - Nevis

The best restaurants are in the hotels and it is usually necessary to reserve a table. The above hotels provide exceptional cuisine as well as barbecues and entertainment on certain nights of the week, eg Oualie Beach has a Caribbean buffet on Sat with live music and masquerade dance, and surf and turf beach barbecue on Tue. There are very few eating places...

Food & Drink - St. Kitts

For elegant dining in a cool, natural environment, try the Royal Palm at Ottley’s Plantation Inn, away from the hustle and bustle. There are also many places offering snacks, light meals, ice creams and drinks in Basseterre and in the Frigate Bay area. Look out for places selling excellent local patties and fruit juices. On Church St, Cisco’s Place,...

Food & Drink

Food on the whole is good. Apart from almost every kind of imported food and drink, there is a wide variety of fresh seafood (red snapper, lobster, king fish, blue parrot), and local vegetables. The excellent local spirit is CSR – Cane Spirit Rothschild – produced in St Kitts by Baron de Rothschild (now in a joint venture with Demerara Distillers Ltd of...

Festivals

St Kitts & Nevis are very proud of their masquerade traditions The liveliest time to visit St Kitts is for the carnival held over Christmas and the New Year. It gets bigger and better every year with parades, calypso competitions and street dancing. For details, contact the Department of Tourism. St Kitts also holds a music festival at the end of June;...

Flora & Fauna

Both islands are home to the green vervet monkey, introduced by the French some 300 years ago, now dwelling on the forested areas in the mountains. They can be seen in many areas including Brimstone Hill. Scientists have been studying these attractive little creatures and many have been exported; being relatively free of disease they are used for medical...

Entertainment – Nevis

Dance spots on Nevis include: Prinderella’s at Tamarind Bay, T4691291, where anything goes. Tequila Sheilas at the end of Pinney’s Beach, T4698633 Sand Dollar Bar & Grill, next to Four Seasons, T4695319