Relaxed, unspoiled, and offering an authentic Caribbean experience, traveling to St. Kitts and Nevis is a bucket list trip for all world travelers.
St. Kitts is the largest of the two islands and one of the most diverse Caribbean locales to explore. If you are looking to fuel your wanderlust, here are four essential experiences in St. Kitts and Nevis.
1. Hike the Mount Liamuiga volcano
While you are in St. Kitts, you need to spend a day hiking the extinct Mount Liamuiga volcano. It is one of the essential experiences on the island and well worth the effort when you see the view from the top!
It is not the most leisurely hike in the world, so make sure you are adequately prepared with suitable footwear, plenty of water, and a tour guide! And, don’t forget to charge your camera batteries the night before, so that you can snap plenty of photos on your way up!
2. Hop on the train
One of the most unique ways to see a Caribbean island, in St. Kitts you can board the Scenic Railway to get a tour across the island. On the train, you can opt to travel in their kitsch and historical double-decker carriages — a fantastic travel experience that is hard to top.
Sit back, look out of the window, sip your rum cocktail, and enjoy the ride.
3. Eat, drink and be merry
Eating in St. Kitts and Nevis is a rollercoaster of an experience in itself. As there are so many options for having a drool-worthy meal, you would never be able to try all the possibilities. That being said, there are some dishes that you must taste!
Without a doubt, fresh local lobster and seafood should make up the majority of your consumption when vacationing on these islands. You can find these dishes on every menu, regardless of whether you are dining in a budget beach-shack or an upscale restaurant. In fact, the abundance of delicious, healthy food is one of the reasons that so many people start questioning, “How much is St. Kitts citizenship?”
For the more adventurous eaters, conch (pronounced “conk”) should certainly be tried. This sea snail possesses a chewy texture, so generally, it is deep-fried to make conch fritters that are then served with a dipping sauce for the ultimate island snack.
Finally, to ensure your sweet tooth doesn’t go overlooked, try the mouthwatering Guava Cheese, which is a jelly sweet made of guava fruit puree and sugar with lime juice. You can find this being sold by street vendors. Additionally, a local favorite is sugar cake which is made from coconut and cane sugar and spiced with ginger. This can also be found on the streets.
Some of the best places to eat in St. Kitts and Nevis include:
– Sprat Net: An authentic island-style eatery on St Kitts, this is where you should go for an evening meal to enjoy fresh lobster and a tropical cocktail.
– Sunset Cafe: Located in Frigate Bay, this is a favorite cafe for locals and visitors alike to visit at sunset to savor ice-cold Carribean beers and conch fritters.
– Boozies on the Beach: Right next to the beach in Frigate Bay, this spot is the place to go on a weekend. Come with an appetite so that you can fill yourself up with their fantastic mahi-mahi and conch chowder.
4. Take in the island from a viewpoint
There are plenty of options for viewpoints on St. Kitts and Nevis, and everyone has their personal favorite. But here are two additions that need to be on your itinerary:
– Timothy Hill Overlook: This viewpoint in St. Kitts is probably the easiest to access as you can drive from the capital and be there in about 10 minutes! From this viewpoint, you can see Basseterre Bay, The Narrows, and the Great Salt Pond.
– Brimstone Fort: A viewpoint and a critical part of St Kitts’ colonial heritage, the Brimstone Fort dates back to the 17th and 18th century when the British and the French strove to control the rich sugar islands of the Caribbean. Walk up to the stone citadel to see the canons and the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius.
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Kaline Kennard is the co-founder of Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.