The two islands of St. Kitts and Nevis probably contain a lifetime of things to see and do. You won’t [...]
Traveling to St. Kitts and Nevis
Recognized as the smallest sovereign state in all of the Americas, St. Kitts and Nevis (also known as The Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis) is part of the Leeward Islands, located southeast of Puerto Rico, and west of Antigua and Barbuda. This nation is comprised of two islands, the larger, northwestern lying St. Kitts, and Nevis (pronounced Nee-vis).
St. Kitts and Nevis are surrounded by the beauty of the Caribbean, and are divided by a small, shallow channel known as The Narrows. Some adventurous visitors make it a goal to swim from one island to the other. In fact, there is an annual open water swim known as the Star Mile 2.5, in which swimmers can enjoy a little company during their swim. Ultimately, the two small islands possess only 104 square miles, making both locations easy to navigate and explore.
Things to Do St Kitts and Nevis
Perhaps swimming The Narrows of St. Kitts and Nevis isn’t your idea of time well spent while on a Caribbean vacation, but there’s a good chance that hanging out a beautiful beachfront hotel will serve as a most excellent alternative. Consider a few great things to enjoy in St. Kitts and Nevis.
SCUBA, Snorkeling and Other Water Activities
Chartered SCUBA voyages are available in St. Kitts and Nevis, where you can trust local guides to suggest the best underwater sights and scenes. For many visitors, a simple snorkel and mask will suffice for some great underwater exploration. Rent a sea kayak and paddle into the the beautiful water to do some exploration, or simply sit and take in a majestic sunrise or sunset.
Climb Mt. Liamuiga on St. Kitts
The highest point in St. Kitts and Nevis, Mt. Liamuiga, explodes from sea level, reaching over 3,500 feet in elevation. It is covered with lush rainforests, and makes up the predominate landscape of western St. Kitts. There are guided treks to the summit. You will hike through rainforests, fascinating species of flora and fauna and depending on the forecast, clouds, before reaching the 3,792 ft summit.
Take in the Local Culture
Many of the Caribbean islands rely heavily on tourism to help sustain economical growth. However, most of the tourist destinations lie on secluded beaches that are set apart from the local culture. While in St. Kitts and Nevis, it is worthwhile to venture to the villages and poorer areas of the islands to meet some of the kindest, most hospitable, English speaking islanders you could ever come across. You’ll find local shops, eateries and authentic, local perspective.
St. Kitts and Nevis Accommodations
You will have no problem finding a perfect temporary residence while enjoying a vacation to St. Kitts and Nevis. Both islands possess several top-quality hotels and resorts to choose from, whether traveling as a couple, or a large family or group.
St. Kitts and Nevis: A Brief History
St. Kitts and Nevis is widely known as “The Mother Colony of The West Indies.” They were the first English and French colonized islands within the Caribbean region. This was due in part to the local Kalinago people offering no resistance in colonial development. In return, the Anglo-French settlers massacred the natives in order to possess the land outright. For nearly a hundred years the Spanish and French fought for ownership of the islands, and like so many of the others, it was ceded to Great Britain in the early 18th Century.