St Kitts has the WOW factor
Thinking of where to go for your next trip to the Caribbean? St Kitts Tourism gives you the top 10 reasons why St Kitts has the WOW factor that will make your next adventure the most memorable yet.
1. Arrive in Style
Guests step off the plane into a waiting Porsche Cayenne which goes straight to the YU Lounge. The Lounge is a private terminal that provides a 5-star alternative to entry through Robert L Bradshaw International Airport. There waits relaxation in an Asian-style space with champaign while smartly-dressed staff deal with luggage. There’s no better way to touch down in St Kitts.
2. It’s a Sweet Ride
Are they singing a capella? On a moving train? Oh, yes they are! On the cheerfully-painted cars of the St.Kitts Scenic Railway a Kittitian choir in traditional dress serenade passengers.
This narrow gauge track was originally built in 1926 to transport sugar cane and now it’s used for a 2 hour ride around the north coast. This is complete with complementary drinks and sugar cakes.
3. The Only Way is Down
Yee-ha! Once you commit to “De Boss,” the longest of Sky Safari’s 5 ziplines strung through the rainforest canopy at Wingfield Estate, there is no turning back.
You’ll be whizzing along, 250ft up in the trees and quite possibly screaming. Of course, you get a training and safety briefing first. Once you reach the finale at the ‘River Rocker’ you’ll be flying.
4. Pause for Fort
Huge stone battlements, a line of rusty cannons pointing out to sea, ghostly barracks and a poignant cemetery make it easy to see why Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Once home to 1,000+ soldier and their families, this is one of the Caribbean’s most remarkable historical sites. Get the audio guide and explore the museum.
5. Into the Rainforest
An early morning climb up the slopes of Mt Liamuiga, the crowning glory of St Kitts, takes its toll. Standing at 3,972 feet, this dormant volcano is a tough hike, but power through and suddenly you’re there, staring down into the rim of an intensely green, half-mile-wide volcanic crater known as, “The Giant’s Salad Bowl.” Worth the struggle? You bet!
6. In Good Taste
Caught the previous night, the tuna is moist and pink. It has been expertly pan-seared in coconut oil, served with an organic salad and a killer view of sand, sea and blue sky. A glass of wine? Why not?
After all, moments like this are why you go to the Caribbean. Tried Brinley Gold rum? Mango, coconut, vanilla? Hit St Kitts’ beach restaurants for some great choices.
7. The Sound of Music
The lights are flashing, the band is on fire, everyone is singing along and it’s a hot, hot night. Each June in Basseterre, the St Kitts Music Festival runs and its no surprise that its one of the biggest and best parties in the Caribbean. Kool and the Gang, Roberta Flack, Shaggy, John Legend and more have played at the festival. Time a visit to enjoy the island sounds.
8. Once was Lost
1754 was a landmark year for an English foul-mouthed, slave trader called John Newton. On a visit to St Kitts, he fell into conversation with a captain of a Scottish ship, Alexander Clunie, who re-aligned him to the the Christian cause.
Newton then joined a clergy and composed hymns, including “Amazing Grace.” Visit the Amazing Grace Experience Visitor Centre in Sandy Point.
9. What a Breeze
Sails are up and the catarman is tearing along at a jaunty angle. If only we could bottle up the the warm breeze, frame that view of the gorgeous green pea of Mt Nevis ahead.
Book a sail with Leeward Island Charters and their hilarious, dancing crew that shows everyone a goof time. Once you reach sister isle, have a barbecue lunch on the beach where rum cocktails are essential.
10. Change of Scenery
Fancy exploring sister island Nevis? Whether you go via the 45-minute ferry, the 20-minute car ferry or the 6-minute water taxi, Nevis is easily accessible and well worth a visit.
Take an island tour and visit the Old Bath House, the historic museum, the beautifully landscaped botanical gardens and St. John’s Anglican Church where Lord Nelson and Fanny Nisbet were married.
To learn more about St Kitts, please visit stkittstourism.kn