A sheer delight along with most of the Caribbean Islands with natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches, St Kitts was first discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus and remained inhabited only by some native tribes until the British arrived much later, 1623 in fact. Maybe the original name of the island St Christopher was due to Columbus having first set foot there earlier.
At St Kitts you will find all the delights of the Caribbean plantation houses, a rainforest hike, swimming in delightful waters and of course rum shacks for you to visit! Getting away from the lazy beach environment you can enjoy a round or two at a championship golf course and you have the opportunity to visit the nearby island of Nevis.
A trip on the St Kitts Scenic Railway is a must and this relic from the now defunct sugar industry will transport you along its narrow gauge through time on one of the most beautiful train rides in the world., built between 1912 and 1926 to deliver sugar cane from the fields to the sugar mill in the capital city of Basseterre. Now from the comfort of luxurious railcars built specifically for touring the island of St. Kitts you will experience a fascinating way to see the entire nation.
Snorkelling and diving are two of the most sought after specialities of St Kitts, when a day trip or private charter will take you along the scenic coastline into a secluded cove where you’ll marvel at the rich sea life, as you snorkel the clear blue turquoise water of St. Kitts.
St. Kitts offers exceptional fishing and diving for the novice as well as the veteran diver to view wrecks, reefs, and caves. In St. Kitts the water is deepest close to shore, so you won’t have to go far. All the necessary gear can be rented at any of the dive shops on island.
In common with most Caribbean islands, the hurricane season officially runs from June to November, September and October are the most likely months to encounter major storms; most hotels and restaurants close in this period. High season on St Kitts runs from mid-December to April when the cost of accommodation peaks and the weather is at its best. British Airways runs twice weekly flights to the island, or both Virgin and British Airways more regularly to Antigua with an internal connection from there.
Picture: Brett Woodvine