The wee isle of St. Christopher, known by the moniker St. Kitts, is a welcoming spot in the Eastern Caribbean. Found at the meeting spot of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, St. Kitts is a place to shed big city stress, explore black and tan beaches and wander through the lush vegetation of this volcanic island.
Where to Stay
Rawlin’s Plantation Inn, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea, is a former sugar plantation with 12 acres of tropical gardens. Twelve cottages are scattered across the secluded estate, offering tropical-styled rooms with four poster beds, private veranda, and fresh flowers and fruit selections picked daily from the grounds. For the beach-obsessed, choose the sprawling St. Kitts Marriott Resort on Frigate Bay Beach. This resort offers many distractions: three pools, whirlpool, water sports, golf, Emerald Mist Spa and the Royal Beach Casino.
What to Do
Shoppers will appreciate a visit to downtown Basseterre’s waterfront, to wander the boutiques for resort clothing, accessories and jewellery. Learn more about the island at Brimstone Fortress, which was used by both British and French colonial armies and a perfect spot to take some spectacular photos from the highest point on the island. Book a day trip on a catamaran, to be able to snorkel the sea in search of Nemo or take the ferry to sister island Nevis, where you can hike, horseback ride or take a carriage ride along the quiet streets or spend time on Pinney’s Beach.
Where to Eat
For a casual meal, head to the island’s beach strip for rum drinks and tasty seafood at the Shiggidy Shack, where diners can sink their toes into the sand or to the Reggae Beach Bar & Grill for live music and tasty bbq. For a romantic meal, The Beach House is a modern waterfront restaurant, relying on local produce and seafood with Caribbean and European influences. Centrally located Marshalls offers an electic menu for diners to enjoy the open-air patio dining under palm trees. For diners who visit Nevis, Sunshine’s Bar & Grill is a relaxed spot on Pinney’s Beach to indulge in the house favourite cocktail Killer Bee and locally-inspired cuisine.