St Kitts and Nevis: St Kitts and Nevis is home to lifetime adventures from jungle hikes to scenic railways, rum tasting, to historic ruins. Discover an enchanting Caribbean gem in St Kitts and Nevis, where turquoise waters, golden sunsets, and lush landscapes create a captivating paradise.
Embrace island life, explore historic forts, and savour the vibrant culture. Lose yourself in the beauty of this picturesque haven.
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MT LIAMUIGA HIKE
Local hiking experts will guide you up this dominant but dormant volcano to peer into its crater. On your ascent to the 1156m summit, you pass through the lush rainforest. The km trek from the base at Newton Ground is challenging, but the reward of reaching the crater rim and seeing its active fumaroles and seasonal lake makes it more than worthwhile. Allow around five hours for the round-trip.
ST KITTS SCENIC RAILWAY
Also referred to as the Sugar Train, this railway was originally built in 1912 to carry sugarcane from the various plantations dotted across the island to the processing factory in Basseterre. Passengers take in a scenic 24hr tour of the island in a double-decker carriage.
Along the way, travellers will see abandoned windmills and chimneys from old sugar estates, as well as the green cloak of rainforest on the slopes of Mt Liamuiga. A dedicated choir in traditional dress serenades train passengers with folklore tunes, while sugar cakes and beverages are also served onboard.
ST KITTS NEVIS RESTAURANT WEEK
Savour this well-established gastronomic celebration held annually in July. Focused on the array of traditional and contemporary menu specialities of restaurants on both St Kitts and Nevis. Participating restaurants prepare unique fixed-menu lunches and dinners using fresh local ingredients.
There are a variety of menu options covering lunch and dinner specials; the most recent Week focused on culinary creativity based on the island’s staple sweet potato. Events during the Week include cooking and wine classes, farm-to-table meals, wine pairings and, of course, amazing meals prepared by some leading chefs.
NEVIS DAY TRIP
Take an easy 20-minute hop via ferry to St Kitts’ nearby sister island, which has its own distinct character. Sample some of the 40 varieties of mango that make Nevis a true focal point for the fruit in the Caribbean. The Nevis Mango Festival is an annual highlight in July, but mango creations are on the menu at any time of the year.
ST KITTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Celebrating its quarter-century, this annual celebration features visiting performers as well as local acts. The three-day event has become the premier music festival of the wider Caribbean. Immerse yourself in a range of styles, including soul, soca, jazz, merengue, zouk, dancehall, reggae, gospel and blues.
Beyond the on-stage highlights, the festival offers a wonderful interaction between islanders and guests. It all takes place in the Warner Park Stadium, a landmark arena for ICC World Cup and inter-Caribbean matches.
For an insight into local craft, visit this artisan factory producing handmade batiks from locally grown Sea Island cotton, using the same methods that were applied 2000 years ago. Learn how batik is created, then shop for souvenirs and stroll the property gardens.
Located at Romney Manor, one of the island’s old estate houses on land originally owned by William Jefferson (great-great-great-grandfather of US President Thomas Jefferson), the nine-acre property features lush gardens and stately ruins.
People will get opportunity to refine their rum-making skills in this new two-part distillery experience, designed for both rum aficionados and those eager to learn more about the spirit. Part one of the tour takes place at Wingfield Estate, home of the Caribbean’s oldest surviving rum distillery, where expert Jack Widdowson (founder of Old Road Rum Company) will teach rum theory and the history of rum production methods.
While sipping Old Road Rum and soaking up the history, guests will see a preserved aqueduct, chimney, mill house, boiling house and lime kiln before learning how to label their own rum bottle.
The second course takes place at the lively Spice Mill Restaurant on Cockleshell Bay with rum expert Roger Brisbane, and showcases spiced rum methodology, rum-blending techniques and cocktail creations utilising tasting procedures and nuances in different types of rums.
BRIMSTONE HILL FORTRESS
Perhaps the most dominant historic structure on the island, Brimstone Hill is the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage site in the eastern Caribbean.
Sitting some 243m above sea level, this 17th-century fortress also affords spectacular vistas across St Kitts interior and towards neighbouring islands. Dormant cannons still point across the harbour that they once guarded against invaders in past centuries.
BELLE MONT FARM AT KITTITIAN HILL
With its unique configuration of cottage and farmhouse accommodation, Belle Mont Farm on Kittitian Hill immerses guests in local culture and heritage, an organic farming community and distinct farm-to-table culinary experiences.
Wellness offerings elevate mind, body and spirit with Kittitian Hill’s organic farm being home to a world-class collection of exotic fruits and vegetables. The hotel features panoramic views of the Caribbean and neighbouring islands, such as St Barts, Saba and Statia.
Set on a stunning 162-hectare hillside site in the northern part of St Kitts, Kittitian Hill, in addition to the cottage style hotel, has its own creative arts centre, golf course, fitness centre and destination spa featuring indigenous treatments. Here is a contemporary Caribbean community for sustainable luxury living founded on the principles of environmental and community responsibility.