Boasting picture-perfect surroundings, palm-fronded beaches, intriguing architecture, and activities to enrich your body and mind, the two-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis is a wonderful holiday retreat. Pulsing to the local Caribbean beats, the islands’ culture is infused with historical ruins, hand-woven silks, delectable cuisine and punchy rum cocktails.
St. Kitts is the larger of the two islands and its colourful culture stems from its African slave history and colonial roots. Its Anglo-Saxon influences are portrayed in the Victorian and Georgian-style buildings peppered downtown in the capital, Basseterre. Wander around the city sights of Independence Square, Old Treasury Building and St. George’s Anglican Church. Sports fans can catch a cricket game at Warner Park.
Wander through the ruins of Brimstone Hill Fortress – an iconic UNESCO national park, while the Scenic Railway transports you through old colonial ruins and sugar plantations. The oldest British settlement, Old Road Town, paints a historic picture of the rustic Caribbean.
For panoramic views of the landscapes, do a day trek through the misty rainforests, up to the colossal crater of Mount Liamuiga, the country’s highest peak, overlooking the Black Rocks tumbling down to the turquoise sea. Nature lovers should hike off the beaten track, along the Wingfield-Phillips Rain Forest Nature Trail to explore the wild woodlands and delve into valleys of volcanic rock scattered with swinging vervet monkeys.
Golf lovers can tee off at the prestigious Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, while party animals can dance to sultry reggae rhythms in the beach bars in Frigate Bay.
Soak up the Caribbean sun or make waves on a jet-ski off Oualie Beach and Pinney’s Beach, along the Nevis coastline. Divers can explore shipwrecks, caves and exotic marine life along Friars Bay Reef and Nags Head.
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