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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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Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

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Set atop an 800-foot hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Brimstone Hill Fortress is arguably one of the most fascinating sights on St Kitts. The fortress itself was designed by the British and built by African slaves, who finished the project in 1790 after 100 years of construction. Powerful cannons were brought up the hillside to defend against outward attack, but that still didn’t stop the fortress from falling after a month-long siege by the French. Today Brimstone Hills is a UNESCO World Heritage site with sweeping views of the island, from the tropical shoreline on Sandy Point to offshore islands that are still ruled by the English, the French, and the Dutch. Amazing for not only the engineering that went into building the fortress, but also the way that it’s been preserved after centuries of toil and wear, Brimstone Hill Fortress is a must-visit sight for any traveler to St. Kitts.More
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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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Romney Manor

Romney Manor

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You can spend hours exploring the various sights and attractions at Romney Manor, a 17th century estate that was once a slave-holding sugar plantation. Today, it has been given new life as one of the island’s most beloved local craft shops, Caribelle Batik, where you can watch women expertly applying a traditional Indonesian style of fabric treatment that uses wax and dye to create beautiful patterns. Surrounding the main building, you’ll find one of St. Kitts’ best botanical gardens—six acres of tropical flowers and a 350-year-old saman tree. Also at this site, you’ll find large lava rocks carved with ancient Carib petroglyphs—reputedly these are fertility rocks that help bestow parenthood on those who touch them.More
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Mt. Liamuiga

Mt. Liamuiga

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The 3,792 foot summit of Mt. Liamuiga is the highest point in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the entire British Leeward Islands. Naturally, this makes it an unparalleled vantage point for taking in the stunning expanses of the Eastern Caribbean. Formerly possessed of the discouraging moniker Mount Misery, Liamuiga comes from the Kalinago name for the island itself, which means “fertile land.” And the mountainsides surrounding this peak are certainly fertile.Nearly half way up the mountain, the land is a patchwork of farmland and small villages, beyond which tropical rainforest covers the slopes before giving way to cloud forest. Guided tours to the summit are readily available starting from Belmont Estate in St. Pauls. The whole of the island is easily visible from the top, as well as the nearby islands of Saba, Statia, St. Barths, St. Martin, Antigua, and Nevis.More
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Charlestown

Charlestown

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Nevis may be smaller and sleepier than its sister isle of St. Kitts, but the capital of Charlestown has a decidedly more elegant and old-fashioned vibe than the rough-and-tumble neighboring capital Basseterre. The local code of conduct seems like something from a bygone era, where everyone smiles and stops to say good morning, afternoon or night, depending on the time of day, and public displays of swearing or complaining are frowned upon.Walk along Main Street to the waterfront and visit the Museum of Nevis History to learn about the island and its most famous inhabitants, Alexander Hamilton and Horatio Nelson. Along Government Road, you can find a Jewish cemetery with headstones dating from 1684. And just a short walk from downtown takes you to Pinney's Beach, which boasts three miles of soft, palm lined Caribbean sands, along with the Four Seasons Resort and smattering of beach bars.More
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St. Kitts Scenic Railway

St. Kitts Scenic Railway

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Originally built to transport sugar cane, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway is a unique way to explore a Caribbean island. The train winds along the island’s coastline, past cane fields and abandoned plantations, providing visitors with panoramic views along the way.More
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Berkeley Memorial

Berkeley Memorial

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The Berkeley Memorial is a historic green structure presiding over Basseterre’s main center in the middle of the Circus. It features a fountain and a clock with four different faces, each of them positioned in the direction of the four streets leading to the Circus. The memorial is in honor of Thomas Berkeley, a president of the General Council in the 1880s.You can visit the Berkeley Memorial as part of a walking tour through Basseterre, taking in the National Museum, the courthouse and the town’s churches. Visiting the memorial can also be combined with a sightseeing trip to Brimstone Hill Fortress and a visit to the beach. To really appreciate the landscape, history, and culture of St Kitts, join a full- or half-day island panoramic tour.More
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Wingfield Estate

Wingfield Estate

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Wingfield Estate date back to 1625 and consists of the remains of an old working estate in St Kitts. Wingfield Estate has an enviable location on the island thanks to its setting in the foothills of St Kitts’ central mountain range. Wingfield Estate was originally owned by Sam Jefferson, the great-great-great-grandfather of Thomas Jefferson. It was the first working estate on the island for tobacco, sugar and rum. While touring Wingfield Estate, you’ll get the chance to learn about the methods used to cultivate the land hundreds of years ago, such as the sugar crushing process, which consisted of animal power, water wheels and a steam engine. Parts of these tools can still be seen on Wingfield Estate today. You’ll also be able to tour the remains of a 17th-century rum distillery on the estate and learn how sugar was converted into rum.More
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Independence Square

Independence Square

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Originally constructed in the late 1700s for slave auctions and council meetings, the public square in Basseterre was officially rechristened in 1983 to commemorate the independence of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis from Great Britain. In darker days, human chattel were kept in tunnels under the Georgian House (now a gourmet restaurant) on the south side of the square before being brought up for bidding. Today the space is a gathering place for promenaders, family outings, impromptu gatherings, and any number of parades, parties and festivals.Adorned with a large fountain at its center, the formerly named Pall Mall Square is surrounded by excellent examples of British Colonial architecture. The perimeters are bordered by old stone buildings and period appropriate wooden structures painted in white and pastels that make Independence Square one of the central hubs of the cultural life of the region.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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Thought to be the first tourist hotel in all of the Caribbean, the opulent Bath Hotel was built on Nevis in 1787 to provide visitors easy access to the on-site volcanic hot springs. The mineral laden waters from the Bath Stream were believed to have healing properties, and the water temperature consistently stays around 107 degrees thanks to underground volcanic activity.Over the centuries, the hotel and the original spring house have experienced cycles of disrepair and restoration—today the hotel is partially used as government offices—but visitors can still take to the waters in the stream itself or in a bathing pool on the grounds. After a soak, take time to explore the once immaculately manicured property, home to the “Garden of Jericho,” where Captain Horatio Nelson’s wedding was held in 1787.More

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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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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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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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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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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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