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Things to do in St. Kitts and Nevis

Things to do in  St Kitts and Nevis

Welcome to St Kitts and Nevis

These twin islands in the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles are formally known as the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, but that’s about all that’s formal about them. Travelers could spend their vacation here happily reclining on the beaches that ring both islands, but a wealth of private and group tours lead you on numerous adventures, with chances to explore by land, sea, and air. Tour Saint Kitts, the larger of the two islands, on a walking or coach tour through the busy capital of Basseterre, then on to see the imposing UNESCO-listed Brimstone Hill fortress, as well as a strip of nightlife-loving establishments that pump out soca (a blend of soul and calypso music) along Frigate Bay. Book a tour via mini speedboat, Jet Ski, snorkel cruise, or ATV. Or lace up your boots for an adventurous guided hike up Mt. Liamuiga Volcano. Those in search of quieter experiences should venture across the Narrows, a two-mile strip of water, to Nevis, a tiny island ringed by sand with a single volcanic peak in the center. Take a tour to get a feel for the island’s history, and learn about Admiral Horatio Nelson and local boy Alexander Hamilton. Join a walking tour into the green center of the island, or hop on a guided bike ride to take in more ground. Stop in the capital Charlestown, at the Montpelier Estate and Botanical Gardens, and at the Hermitage Plantation.

Top 10 attractions in St Kitts and Nevis

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Pinney's Beach

Pinney's Beach

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With more than 3 miles (5 kilometers) of golden sand fringed with palm trees and clear turquoise waters, Pinney’s Beach is a stretch of classic Caribbean coastline just outside Charlestown on the island of Nevis. Visitors come to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and watch the world go by at one of the beach bars.More
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Basseterre

Basseterre

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St. Kitt’s capital city Basseterre lies on the southern coast of the island in a small protected harbor and is one of the Eastern Caribbean’s oldest towns. After centuries of French and British colonial rule, the city has taken on a delightful mix of European architecture and culture and laidback island lifestyle.More
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Mt. Liamuiga

Mt. Liamuiga

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Soaring to 3,792 feet (1,155 meters), Mt. Liamuiga is the highest point in Saint Kitts and Nevis, and the entire British Leeward Islands. Climbing past farmlands and tropical cloud forests to the summit offers an invigorating adventure and an unparalleled vantage point for taking in the stunning expanses of the Eastern Caribbean.More
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Bath Hotel and Spring House (Old Bath House)

Bath Hotel and Spring House (Old Bath House)

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Built in 1778, the once opulent Bath Hotel and Spring House was the Caribbean’s first tourist hotel, with the international jet set flocking to its therapeutic hot springs. While it’s no longer a hotel, the volcanic baths and the relaxing landscaped gardens are open to the public.More
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Berkeley Memorial

Berkeley Memorial

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In the middle of the Circus—a roundabout named after London’s Piccadilly Circus—in the center of Basseterre, the Berkeley Memorial is an ornate green tower built in 1883 in honor of Thomas Berkeley, a legislator and owner of several estates on St. Kitts. It has a drinking fountain at the bottom, and on the top is a clock with four faces.More
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Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

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Set atop a steep volcanic hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Brimstone Hill Fortress is a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site and feat of engineering. Designed by the British and built by African slaves, the fortress was finished in 1790 after 100 years of construction. Though fitted with powerful cannons, the fortress fell after a month-long siege by the French.More
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Romney Manor

Romney Manor

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Once a slave-holding sugar plantation, the 17th-century Romney Manor has been given new life as one of the island’s most beloved local crafts boutiques, Caribelle Batik. While here, make time to explore the grounds featuring gorgeous tropical botanical gardens and a host of ancient Carib petroglyphs on lava rocks.More
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Charlestown

Charlestown

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Smaller than its sibling isle St. Kitts, sleepy Nevis has a decidedly more elegant and old-fashioned vibe than its big sister’s capital city, Basseterre. Set on the western shore of the island, Charlestown’s charming narrow streets are lined with colorfully-painted 18th- and 19th-century Victorian and Georgian-style buildings.More
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Independence Square

Independence Square

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Constructed in the late 1700s for slave auctions and colonial council meetings, Basseterre’s main public square was rechristened Independence Square in 1983 to commemorate the liberation of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis from Great Britain. A large fountain at its center, excellent examples of British Colonial architecture, painted in white and pastels, line the perimeters.More
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Frigate Bay

Frigate Bay

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Located about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from Basseterre, Frigate Bay along the Atlantic Ocean is one of the most popular beaches on St. Kitts. During the day, activity buzzes with water sports (windsurfing, kayaking, and jet skiing), and beach volleyball. After nightfall beach bars showcase live music, dancing, and bonfires. Every year in June, the bay hosts the St. Kitts Music Festival.More

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Top Beaches in St. Kitts

Top Beaches in St. Kitts

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Top Sights on the Nevis Heritage Trail

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Recent reviews from experiences in St Kitts and Nevis

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Great way to see St Kitts. Our...
Sandra M, Apr 2014
St. Kitts Panoramic Tour with Optional Brimstone Hill Fortress (Reconfirm 48hrs)
Great way to see St Kitts.
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Nice nevis trip
swilby45, Jan 2020
St Kitts Shore Excursion: Nevis Beach Getaway
Arranged a cab to adjacent town to visit Alexander Hamilton house with life history, duel with Aaron Burr, etc .
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I loved this tour! Annie was a great...
Jennifer C, Mar 2018
Full Island Panoramic Tour of St Kitts
We got to see all the main attractions and Annnie even stopped and got us different types of watermelon to try.
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My husband and I took this excursion...
Anne B, Apr 2018
St Kitts Shore Excursion: Mini Speedboat Snorkel Adventure
The water was very clear and calm, and there were many fish to see - much more than I normally see on snorkeling excursions.
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This tour was a great way to see the...
mschrimsenrose, Dec 2017
Full Island Panoramic Tour of St Kitts
This tour was a great way to see the best pats of the island of St Kitts id you haven't been a visitor before.
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Booked this for the day as we were...
kittyivan, Nov 2017
St Kitts Half-Day Rainforest Tour (Reconfirm 48hrs)
We were going to cancel but emailed them to see if they could accommodate.
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What a terrific tour led by the...
Brenda M, Feb 2018
Ultimate Rum Runner's Tour of Basseterre
Even after she took us to our first rum stop - Cheers, located within the Port Zante cruise / shopping area - she went back to see if her tardy customers had made an appearance.
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Really got to see a lot of the...
cag, Feb 2017
Discover St Kitts Tour (Reconfirm 48 hours)
Really got to see a lot of the island with an excellent guide and good driver.
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Our guide, Annie, was awesome! Our...
monica.gullickson, Mar 2017
Ultimate Rum Runner's Tour of Basseterre
We had lots of time for pictures and a few stops to see the sites.
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SQ was the perfect guide .He was...
NICOLA M, Nov 2015
St. Kitts Panoramic Tour with Optional Brimstone Hill Fortress (Reconfirm 48hrs)
If you want to see the best of the island in an unstressful way then this is the perfect way to spend a few hours.
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