5 Days in St. Kitts & Nevis
Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and uncrowded beaches combine in the sister islands of St. Kitts and Nevis to make them one of the Caribbean’s most seductive destinations. The twin islands are separated by a two-mile-wide channel, with ferry services that help visitors easily enjoy them both in a single trip. The islands are unspoiled and famous for their excellent preservation of the environment. Nature lovers can tour through lava formations, tropical forest areas, and seaside lagoons. Boating and scuba diving are also popular activities. Quaint shopping areas and beautiful architecture draw visitors to the small towns. Here’s how to take advantage of it all in five days.
Transfer from the airport to your hotel. After checking in, explore St. Kitts’ lush interior rainforest from the saddle of a horse on a guided adventure. Ride on trails through cane fields leading into the green forest and experience the beauty of the island’s flora and fauna. Stroll over gentle slopes and listen to the chattering and chirping of green vervet monkeys and exotic birds like Royal Terns and Black-whiskered Vireos. From an elevated vantage point, you can enjoy a stunning view of villages and the Caribbean Ocean on the horizon.
After breakfast at your hotel, hop into a Land Rover and begin a spectacular journey to the “top” of St. Kitts. Upon arriving at the base of Mount Liamuiga — a dormant volcano and the highest point of the island — set off on a vigorous 2½-hour guided hike up the mountain and through the rainforest while observing giant trees, beautiful flowers, and swinging vines, and learning all about the island’s flora and fauna. At the summit, you’ll be able to see the entire island, the sea, and neighboring islands. Later on, head to Serendipity for dinner, where local dishes like creamy conch chowder, Caribbean seafood bouillabaisse, and Cajun sautéed shrimp are served on a hillside terrace restaurant overlooking Basseterre Bay.
Head out early today to discover your favorite among the island’s famous beaches, all of which are public. Palm trees and exotic black sands line Dieppe Bay Beach on St. Kitts, bordered by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. A large reef keeps the waters calm for swimming and alluring to divers, and a nearby bar and restaurant are perfect for refueling. Friars Bay lures families with calm, clear waters to what’s considered by many to be the finest beach on St. Kitts. There’s plenty of room for secluded sunbathing, and water sports gear is available for rental. Food and drink are nearby, as are beach chair rentals. For pure tranquility, head to Turtle Beach on the southeast peninsula. After soaking up the quietude of the sands, put on your flippers and go snorkeling amid a kaleidoscope of dazzling fish.
Today, sail to sister island Nevis aboard a 52- or 70-foot catamaran, which boasts a full bar that’s open all day. Although smaller than its neighbor, Nevis has plenty of enchanting attractions. Stop at a calm bay for snorkeling (equipment is available on board), then disembark at romantic Pinneys Beach, where a barbecue lunch will be prepared. Spend a couple of hours soaking up the sun or enjoying the shade under a magnificent coconut palm before your return.
Make this your day to take in a little bit of history in the quaint island capital of Basseterre. Take a walking tour of Independence Square, Basseterre Circus, and the Berkeley Memorial. Discover the awe-inspiring 18th-century architecture of local churches and check out the national museum in the Old Treasury building in downtown Basseterre. This beautiful historical town is the perfect complement to the natural wonders of St. Kitts & Nevis.
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