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A Guide to St. Kitts

By HarryWednesday 26th November 2014

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Previously known as Saint Christopher Island, the island of St. Kitts is a place packed full of history, fascinating culture and amazing beaches, making it the perfect destination for a bit of winter sun. To help you make the most of your time on the island, we’ve put together a handy guide to the best things to see and do, as well as some interesting titbits on St. Kitts’ culture. So, get reading and prepare to be inspired for a wonderful trip to the beaming warmth of the Caribbean.

Top things to see in St Kitts

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

https://flic.kr/p/nveVX1 Situated on the top of lush green hill, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brimstone Hill Fortress is a must-see for visitors to the island. The fortress was originally designed by British military, but has since been used as the main point for the country’s independence celebrations. These include regular historical re-enactments, as well as the annual Emancipation Festival, where musicians, poets and dancers come together to perform.

Independence Square

https://flic.kr/p/ebV8vY This beautiful square is located at the heart of the island in the capital, Basseterre, and was named after St. Kitts gained political independence in 1983.  Enjoy a stroll through the square to admire the swaying palm trees, the exotic, fuchsia-coloured flowers, and the vibrantly painted water fountain. It’s the perfect place to unwind, or simply watch the world go by with a refreshing drink.

What to do

Hike Mount Liamuiga

https://flic.kr/p/7X5gGe If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous, then make your way over to Mount Liamuiga, a 3,792-foot high mountain and one of the highest points in the Caribbean. Many of the guided walks begin in the village of St. Paul’s, where you get to trek past various small villages and farms, as well as through the islands rainforest, which is full of exotic life. Once you reach the mountain’s summit, you’ll be treated to amazing views of the rainforest below, as well as the neighbouring islands.

Explore the beautiful beaches

https://flic.kr/p/ayMZv3 The beaches on St. Kitts, like many other Caribbean islands, are breathtakingly beautiful, with bright white sand and crystal clear water. For a quiet and tranquil day by the sea, be sure to pop by Banana Bay, which is perfect for when you want to unwind, or simply enjoy a picnic on the beach. If you and your family want to have some fun, then Cockleshell beach is the location for you. This bustling beach is perfect for when the kids want to splash about or build sand castles. There are even a handful of bars and places to eat nearby, from Caribbean grills to upmarket restaurants.  

Food you’ve got to try

Food you’ve got to try The food of St. Kitts is similar to that of the other West Indian islands, meaning that a lot of the food includes freshly caught seafood and rich meats, such as goat. A local favourite is goat water stew, which consists of goat, breadfruit (similar to potato in texture) and papaya, all finished with a handful of dumplings. If you don’t fancy a warming stew, be sure to try a bowl of pelau, where saltfish (or other meats) are mixed together with rice, vegetables and pigeon peas – it’s the perfect way to recharge after a long hike up Mount Liamuiga.

Are you ready for St. Kitts?

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