Tailor made holidays to St Kitts and Nevis – Caribbean travel planners
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St Kitts and Nevis are both mountainous islands just two miles apart in the northern part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, about 62 miles northwest of Antigua. There are twice weekly flights to St Kitts which touch down in Antigua and to get to Nevis you fly either via San Juan (Puerto Rico), or to St Kitts, or take the regular ferry between the islands.
Both islands are governed by St Kitts authorities. There is a strong naval history on St Kitts and lots of historic sights on Nevis too. Christopher Columbus named the island St Christopher after the patron saint of travellers which was shortened to St Kitts. There were nine forts guarding the island’s coastline and Brimstone Hill Fortress is now a World Heritage Site. Head to Frigate Bay where most of the hotels are located for beaches and watersports, or beyond there to the south-east peninsula where the best white sand on the island rings the rolling hills. The capital, Basseterre, is well worth a wander with historic buildings, squares and gardens. Local produce includes wonderful batiks and rums. There is a music festival on St Kitts in June for 3 nights of reggae, jazz and more from local and international artists.
Bird-watching is popular on St Kitts where you can see Brown Boobies, Frigate Birds, Cattle Egrets, Black-faced Grass Quits and Black-whiskered Vireos. There is a great 18 hole golf course overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. For divers of all levels there are wrecks, reefs, caves and walls of St Kitts. St Kitts stopped producing sugarcane in 2005, although you can still see stalks of cane everywhere. The old train track which was used to cut the harvest is now a scenic tourist ride from October to May, the only train in the Caribbean outside of Cuba. Take a full day hike to a dormant volcano crater at Mount Liamuiga in the middle of St Kitts.
Nevis, the smaller island – just 7 x 6 miles in size, was the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, American statesman and his home is now a museum. Britain’s claim to fame is that Admiral Horatio Nelson met and married Fanny Brice here in 1787. The capital, Charlestown, is a good example of the colonial era in the Caribbean. There are water sports on Pinney’s Beach and Oualie Beach plus other activities on the island such as horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, diving and snorkelling. Nevis is a haven for natural history and the island is full of rainforest hiking trails. The botanical garden has one of the largest collections of palms in the region. There are beach bars to while away lazy afternoons and gourmet dining in the restaurants in the evening. There is a ‘Heritage Trail’ which can be done by car, taxi or Vespa and covers 36 square mils and 25 heritage sites around the island.
Amongst the wonderful places to stay here you will find Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on Nevis (once the home of Admiral Nelson’s wife), originally a sugar plantation in 1778 and is the only original Caribbean plantation house on a beach. Also on Nevis is Montpelier Plantation & Beach, a member of Relais and Chateax and on St Kitts with panoramic views is the beautiful Ottley’s Plantation Inn.
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