Saint Kitts and Nevis - The Holiday Islands in the Caribbean
The volcanic cones on Saint Kitts can be seen from the cruiser and Nevis' white palm beaches captivate travellers at first sight. People who love nature and want to spend their summer holidays at the beach find a unique Caribbean paradise here.
Geography - Two small islands in the Lesser Antilles
Saint Kitts and Nevis is an island state in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean and consists of the two small islands of Saint Kitts (176 km²) and Nevis (92 km²). The islands are about 2,100 kilometres away from Miami in the US state of Florida and a popular holiday resort for travellers from the USA. The capital of Basseterre is located on the bigger island of Saint Kitts and has about 13,000 inhabitants. The climate is tropical with a lot of rain from May to October. Due to the constant trade winds, it is cooler here than on other Caribbean islands and therefore much more pleasant for Europeans and US citizens.
Nature - Green volcanoes
The bigger island of Saint Kitts is of volcanic origin, which is still apparent from the island panorama. Three great groups of volcanoes dominate the scenery. Between them, you see deep, fertile gorges. The volcanic cones are now vegetated by thick tropical forest, which gives them a lush green colour. The island's highest peak is Mount Liamuiga (1,156 m), which is a popular tourist destination. Nevis is connected to Saint Kitts by a canal, which is about three to four kilometres long. It is characterised by wonderful white bathing beaches with palm groves. The island also accommodates the beautiful mountain of Nevis Peak (985 m).
Natural sights - A natural realm in the Caribbean
Lovers of nature definitely get their money's worth here. The tropical rainforest offers interesting locations and exciting hiking trails. Hiking the forest, you can watch many local animal species. The islands' main attractions are their beaches. One of the most popular beach sections on Saint Kitts is Frigate Bay Beach near the capital. In addition, you find exciting sand dunes in the south-east. Using the canal, you get to the smaller island of Nevis. It has numerous long, white sandy beaches and only a few tourists. An even more deserted place is the tiny island of Bobby Island in the strait between the two main islands. If you are interested in the islands' flora, you should visit the Botanical Garden on Saint Kitts.
Culture - The Kittians
After the islands were officially discovered by the Europeans, they quickly became colonies. The French and the British asserted themselves as colonial powers. Both nations left their marks on the islands. After Saint Kitts and Nevis gained independence and changed their economic focus from sugar cane cultivation to tourism, the island nation developed into a popular holiday and cruise destination for US travellers. The number of tourists is increasing continuously as are the cultural facilities and events on the islands. Saint Kitts' inhabitants call themselves "Kittians" and most of them work in the tourism sector now.
Cultural sights - Visiting Basseterre
With only 13,000 inhabitants, the island state's capital would hardly be called a "city" in other countries but it is still one of the main destinations for visitors. You still see traces of the colonial time in many places. Popular sights are St. George's Anglican Church, the National Museum and the harbour. Fort Brimstone Hill from the 17th century is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and well worth seeing. On Nevis, holidaymakers can visit the island's capital of Charlestown.
Experience - Plantains and Bull Foot Soup
The Caribbean cuisine is very common here but it has its special features. As the temperatures are high and everyone has to check their fluid balance, you see soup kitchens all over the place. One delicacy is the Bull Foot Soup, which - as the name suggests - consists of bull feet which are cooked in Caribbean spices. Fried and baked plantains are a popular side dish. The nightlife for tourists takes place near the hotels. Most of them are located in the capital. Hotels are also the ones who organise evening entertainment with shows, restaurants and bars.
Activities - A bathing paradise in the Caribbean
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a popular destination for holidays at the seaside. The country offers many quiet beaches for relaxing. One of the most beautiful bathing beaches is Turtle Beach on Saint Kitts. Lovers Beach on Nevis is also highly recommended. Water sports opportunities are offered at Oualie Beach and Pinney Beach. Sailing is particularly popular here but divers and snorkellers do not go short either. Hikers enjoy the rainforest trails to Mount Liamuiga.
The best time for travelling Saint Kitts and Nevis is between January and April because it rains less often during this time. This time, however, is the main tourist season and therefore the islands are often overcrowded. The rainy season is less popular but the better time for people who like it quiet.
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a popular destination for cruises and offers wonderful holidays at the seaside and in nature without noisy mass tourism.