For a gorgeous view of St. Kitts and neighboring island of Nevis, head up to the top of Timothy Hill, a popular lookout spot where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea at the island’s southeast peninsula. See Friar’s Bay and Frigate Bay below, alongside green gently sloping hills falling into the water below.
Drive or hike up the road behind Frigate’s Bay, following the trail on the right that leads to the top of the hill. From there you’ll see a magnificent 360-degree view of the island chain splayed out before you, for what’s perhaps the most postcard-perfect photo opportunity. The road is quite steep, and caution should be exercised if hiking as the drivers may come around turns fast.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Timothy Hill is an ideal spot for nature lovers and photography buffs.
- Remember sun protection, swimwear, and a towel.
- Those with wheelchairs and strollers can access the site, though it’s recommended to drive to the top.
- Souvenir stands are at the top, but no facilities.
How to Get There
Timothy Hill is located on the southeast peninsula of St. Kitts, about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the capital city of Basseterre. The hill is on the road between the capital city and Turtle Beach. St. Kitts Scenic Railway is a train that encircles the island and stops at a sugar plantation in Basseterre. From there, take a taxi.
When to Get There
On days when cruise ships stop on the island, the hill will be more crowded. Early birds will not want to miss watching the sunrise. Peak season in St. Kitts runs from December through April. Beat the crowds and higher rates by visiting in May and June before the weather gets too hot and before hurricane season starts in July. To experience the island in party mode, come for Carnival in December and January and a number of food and dance festivals in March through July.
Bookend a jaunt to Timothy Hill with a visit to one of the beaches just below. Along the Atlantic Ocean side, Frigate Bay is one of the island’s most popular beaches. The south side is marked by high-end hotels and a string of beachfront bars known collectively as 'The Strip,’ while the north side is more serene, with calm waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling.