Top 10 Things to See and Do
1. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the majestic Brimstone Hill Fortress is St. Kitts key historical centrepiece; perched atop an 800ft volcano, it is one of the largest forts in the Caribbean, and offers a unique insight into the colourful yet tempestuous past of the Caribbean colonies.
2. With their rugged mountain peaks, rolling hills and dramatic volcano craters, hiking is an understandably popular past time on the islands of St Kitts and Nevis. Admire the tropical flowers and wildlife of the verdant rainforest on a hike up St Kitts extinct volcano, Mount Liamugia - or if you’re an experienced mountaineer in the mood for a challenge, tackle the infamous Mount Nevis!
3. The warm, tranquil waters that surround the islands provide many excellent dive sites; explore the colourful coral reef that lies beneath the Caribbean seas sparkling turquoise surface, and mingle with its abundant resident marine life.
4. Hailed as Nevis’ creepiest site, the Eden Brown Estate is an atmospheric 18th-century sugar plantation with a spooky history. The heartbroken ghost of a Julia Higgins is said to still be in residence, roaming the grounds at night – pay a visit to find out the full story!
5. Both St Kitts and Nevis abound in curved stretches of soft, blond sand caressed by impossibly clear, turquoise waters. From lively local beaches lined by ramshackle bars and restaurants to almost deserted tranquil stretches that lie off the beaten track, the islands have a beach for any occasion, and it’s easy to let entire days slip away as you languish in the warm sand.
6. Make sure you attend a day at the races during your stay on the islands in order to experience perhaps the only event that gets the locals as fired up as cricket! The Nevis Turf and Jockey Club track is situated in a prime location for panoramic views across the Atlantic, and there is always an infectious and uniquely Caribbean atmosphere of celebration, with live music, barbeques and plenty of rum keeping spirits high well into the evening.
7. Perhaps one of Nevis’ most beautiful attractions, the Botanical Gardens of Nevis are located across eight acres in Montpelier Estates; liberally laced with fountains, sculptures, tropical fruit trees, water lily pools and a butterfly garden, they also boast spectacular views out over the coast.
8. Trek Nevis’ stunningly scenic Upper Round Road, which stretches nine miles from Golden Rock Inn in the east to the Nisbet Plantation in the north; the road meanders past orchards, farms, gardens and tangled swathes of rainforests, with plenty of opportunities to stop for fresh fruit refreshments, or to watch the antics of the monkeys and butterflies.
9. Visit the Sky Safari for the chance to fly without wings; a collection of exhilarating zip lines rise high above the rainforest canopy and send you soaring over it, reaching speeds of up to 50mph!
10. The Nevisian Heritage museum is a fascinating (and ever-expanding) open-air museum that showcases Nevisian social history from Carib times through to the present-day via a collection of buildings, re-created to embody specific eras and furnished with period relics.
Culture in St Kitts and Nevis
The islands of St Kitts and Nevis each boast a rich cultural background, with traditions that have been passed down from the Carib Warriors, the West African slaves first bought to the island and the influences of the French and British during the colonial period. The communities of both islands are devoutly religious, with a large Christian population as well as some Rastafarians and Bahá'í followers. Colourful celebrations, music and vibrant carnivals also play an important role in the fabric of life in St Kitts and Nevis.