Aboard the St. Kitts Historic Railway you truly get a sense of this authentic Caribbean island, full of adventure, beauty and the smiles of its welcoming people. Following the coastline of pure white sand beaches, past towering fields of sugar cane, luscious rainforest and the historic UNESCO World Heritage Brimstone Hill Fortress, and you’ve circled this 30 mile island.
St. Kitts has taken its heritage of sugar and tobacco and shaped it into something new and exciting. Like at the ancient sugar estate and rum distillery of Romney Manor where you can now watch demonstrations of batik. From hiking the dormant volcano of Mt. Liamuiga to zip-lining through the rainforest or taking a high speed catamaran to twin island of Nevis, St. Kitts isn’t short on exhilarating activities either! Whether you’re liming away your afternoons, living it up on The Strip or topping up your feel-good on its gorgeous white sand beaches- St. Kitts is the quintessential Caribbean island.
Airports / Gateways / Flying times
Airports: The Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport in St. Kitts (SKB) is less than 2 miles from downtown Basseterre and Vance W. Amory International Airport in Nevis (NEV) is approximately 6 miles outside Charlestown. Additional private air terminal facilities with YU Lounge are available in St. Kitts.
Gateways/Flying Times: There are daily connections via Antigua and Puerto Rico to St. Kitts and via Antigua and Puerto Rico to Nevis. WINAIR also flies from St. Maarten to Nevis. A scheduled British Airways service flies twice weekly to St. Kitts on Wednesday and Saturday from London (Gatwick).
There are daily ferry services (45 minutes) or faster water taxi (6-8 minutes) available between St. Kitts and Nevis. You can also take a ferry service from St. Kitts to Antigua (90 minutes).
Temperature high/low. Summer: 24°C-32°C. Winter: 22°C-29°C. Average humidity is 71.5%. Annual rainfall averages 55 inches.
From the bars, cafes and restaurants of Frigate Bay to the grills of South Friar’s Bay, the reggae bars of the South East Peninsula to the farm to table fare of St. Paul’s, almost every inch of St. Kitts is dedicated to local delicacies with a fabulous Caribbean flair.
The main language spoken in St. Kitts is English.
Not too far from the capital city of Basseterre lies the hub of St. Kitts nightlife- The Strip on Frigate Bay. This is the place where locals and tourists alike get together each Friday and Sunday for live music, good local food and a whole lot of partying! In fact, pretty much every night in St. Kitts has something going on. Whether it’s a Monday night dance party in Frigate Bay, a Thursday night bonfire on the beach on The Strip or the Sunday night sunset bash at Whitehouse Bay- head on down and experience the real St. Kitts!
The historic capital city of st. Kitts, Basseterre offers sites including Independence Square, Berkley Memorial, St. George’s Anglican Church, St. Barnabas Anglican Church, the Georgian House, the National Museum, the Cenotaph (war memorial), Government House and the Port Zante cruise terminal. Other top tourist draws on island are Brimstone Hill (the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean), Black Rocks, Bloody Point, Old Road Town, Carib Indian Petroglyphs, Romney Manor and the Caribelle Batik Factory, Belmont Estate, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, tropical rainforest and extinct volcano Mt. Liamuiga.
The Horatio Nelson Museum is a must see on Nevis Island, said to be the largest collection of relics belonging to the British Naval Admiral in the western hemisphere, the “Nevis in the time of Nelson” exhibition has fascinated thousands of visitors, including HRH Queen Elizabeth II and other royal family members who stayed on the island. A natural progression would be to Fig Tree Church to admire the location where Nelson wed Fanny Nisbet of Nevis. Other historical visits would be to the Hermitage plantation Inn, here you can sample the rum punch Nevis is famed for in the oldest building on the island. Another would be to Bath Hotel, once a playground for the rich and influential, where now you can bathe in the newly revitalised thermal hot springs, at the Caribbeans first hotel.