Sunny skies. White sandy beaches. Warm waters. Intoxicating natural beauty. All of these features make St. Kitts one among the most seductive Caribbean points of interest. Wouldn’t it be amazing to experience this first-hand?
Fun Fact of St. Kitts
A volcanic mountain and chain dominate the center of the islands St. Kitts and Nevis. Both islands are the oldest colonized territories in the Caribbean. They are known as volcanic islands. They boast pristine tropical forests, welcoming locals, and pretty beaches. The sole terminal and port of the country is Basseterre, a bustling place that every traveller should explore.
St. Kitts started to establish its presence in the luxury travel market with villas, Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, resorts, superyacht marinas and ritzy villas. Its healthy energy dose is the result of the island’s infrastructure improvements including a bypass road and a new tunnel.
Great Things From Small Packages
The twin-island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is the smallest Caribbean country and of the Americas in terms of land area and population. It covers about 104 square miles and houses about 45,000 residents. Notwithstanding the limited area, the country has always something great to offer.
Complex, Rich Colonial History
The island’s colonial history is a bit complicated, with the French and English squabbling over its control for many centuries. The French group occupies the two ends while the English group is right in the middle. More so, the island earned full independence from the United Kingdom in 1983. And its historical endeavours don’t stop there. Its Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is recognized by UNESCO as one of the prime historic Caribbean sights.
An Island Formed by Volcanoes?
What? Yes, St. Kitts was actually formed by volcanoes. Before you worry, you should know that all these are now dormant. Towering at 3,792 ft. is the tallest Mount Liamuiga that was thought to have erupted about 200 years ago. You may hike through its pristine tropical forest towards its summit, which is a mile-wide volcanic crater notable as the Giant’s Salad Bowl.
Bask In the Beautiful Warm Tropical Climate
No matter when you would like to visit St. Kitts, there’s always something for you to enjoy. Basseterre’s average temperature can vary from 25 degrees Celsius in January to nearly 28 degrees Celsius from June to October. It’s just okay to swim without freezing as water temperatures seldom decline below 26 degrees Celsius.
Sweet Sugar City
A sugar-cane island is what St. Kitts is known for throughout the world hence its name Sugar City. However, this was not the first crop cultivated for its export. It was not until 1624 when Sir Thomas Warner began a tobacco plantation here but soon switched to sugar after a fierce competition.
St. Kitts is so fertile and abundant that even monkeys here are green and you will see their colonies freely scampering beside the beaches and roads. They were the French settlers’ pets during the 17th Century. Records show that they have established a population here and have been thriving since then.
When to Go
If you are visiting St. Kitts, it would be best to visit from May to June as hotel stays are offered at lower rates than the usual. Its peak season, between December and April, hosts the carnival every February. Weather-wise and price-wise, come late November and early December to experience the island wet.
You can easily reach St. Kitts from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, and Europe. There are charter, non-stop, and connecting flights with daily schedules serving Robert Llwellyn Bradshaw International Airport, which is located just north of its capital – Basseterre.
Where do you think you’ll go on your next holiday? Plan things out and pack-up so as not to be late for your flight to St. Kitts.