St. Kitts is an island of intoxicating natural beauty, rich history, and a genuinely welcoming culture. At just 68 square miles, you’ll be amazed by the variety of things there are to see and do.
A ride aboard the “sugar train” — the Caribbean’s only scenic passenger railway — is perfect for history buffs. The train travels clickety-clack along the track around the island that was originally built to transport sugar cane from the plantations to the factory in the capital city of Basseterre. Looking for a workout? Skip the gym and climb the steps up historic Brimstone Hill fortress, an UNESCO World Heritage Site that has sweeping views over the Caribbean all the way to neighboring Dutch and French Islands. Also not to be missed is a visit to the Caribelle Batik factory where you can watch artisans make the fabric using the traditional method of waxing and or sit under the sprawling branches of the property’s majestic 300-year-old Saman tree.
If traditional vacation pastimes are what you seek, play a round of golf on a course featuring challenging holes along the Atlantic and the Caribbean, or get some serious pampering at one of the island’s exclusive spas. Want some great gifts to bring home for your friends and family? Go shopping for duty-free items in Port Zante or for locally made goods at the Amina Craft Market.
Thrill seekers should check out the exhilarating zipline high above the lush rainforest canopy or hike up the slopes of the 3,792-foot-high central peak Mt. Liamuiga and peer down into the crater at the summit. To explore even more, there are ATV tours, dune buggy rides, Jeep safaris and horseback riding. Prefer to get wet? Watersports also abound on St. Kitts with catamaran sails, jetskiing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, snuba and even flyboarding. Plus, scuba divers will love being immersed in the clear turquoise waters surrounding the island, which are home to an abundance of marine life, plentiful wrecks, colorful reefs, shoals and walls at varying depths.
When it’s time to dine, St. Kitts’ diverse options let you savor local West Indian fare, including our national dish of saltfish with johnny cakes or other cuisines, such as Italian and Japanese. At night, discover what it means to “go limin” at one of the island’s beach bars that feature music, bonfires and all-around fun.
Of course, there are also plenty of secluded sandy beaches ranging in color from gold to an exotic volcanic black that are perfect for a romantic stroll or for simply kicking back and soaking up the warm sunshine. Authentic and unspoiled, it’s easy to see why St. Kitts is truly an island unlike any other.