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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.

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Top 10 attractions in St Kitts and Nevis

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park
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Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

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....
Mt. Liamuiga
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Mt. Liamuiga

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....
Frigate Bay
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Frigate Bay

Outside of the southeastern peninsula of St. Kitts, Frigate Bay has long been considered the best beach on the island. Located just 3 miles from Basseterre, there is something going on day or night all year round. Swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing and beach volleyball are all popular activities at this golden sand beach. After nightfall, the beach bars of South Frigate Bay come alive. Live music, dancing, bonfires, karaoke, food and fun alternate on different nights of the week. This section of the beach also hosts the annual St. Kitts Music Festival. The western end of the beach is home to various sports bars, restaurants and nightclubs for visitors and locals seeking some excitement. Things really heat up with events sponsored by area businesses that coincide with the end of semester at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (mud wrestling, anyone?)....
Turtle Beach
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Turtle Beach

Vacationers in search of some sand and surf will treasure the undeveloped beaches of the southeast peninsula of St. Kitts. Among these, Turtle Beach offers opportunities for stalking monkeys and swimming within sight of neighboring Nevis. Open-air cafes offer margaritas, buckets of chilled Carib beer, grilled mahi mahi and other local favorites just feet from the water, and while the service can be a little slow, the food and the views are well worth the wait. A menagerie of chickens, goats and local legend Wilbur the pig, who is famously friendly to fault, is on hand....
St. Kitts Scenic Railway
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St. Kitts Scenic Railway

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....
Montpelier Plantation & Beach
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Montpelier Plantation & Beach

Set within a vast 18th-century sugar plantation, the historic Montpelier Plantation & Beach is one of Nevis island’s most legendary estates, famously hosting the wedding of Admiral Lord Nelson and Fanny Nisbet in 1787, and welcoming prestigious guests such as Princess Diana and Prince William throughout the years....
Saddle Hill Fortress
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Saddle Hill Fortress

Saddle Hill Fortress stands as a reminder of British Admiral Lord Nelson’s presence on the island of Nevis. Designed as a fallback position in case of invasion, Nelson is said to have used it as a lookout point, though the fort was never equipped with weapons. Today, visitors come to enjoy great views from the observation post....
Nevisian Heritage Village at Fothergills Estate
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Nevisian Heritage Village at Fothergills Estate

Set within the grounds of a former sugar plantation and cotton ginnery, the Nevis Heritage Village at Fothergills Estate recreates the living conditions and examines the social history of the different peoples that have lived on Nevis, from the Carib Indians to the present day....
Eden Brown Estate
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Eden Brown Estate

Listen to one of Nevis’ homegrown ghost stories before setting off to explore this supposedly haunted backdrop. The Eden Brown Estate is a government-owned mansion, originally established as a sugar plantation in 1740. The great house and outbuilding still stand in various states of disrepair, surrounded by encroaching wildflowers, but the real reason people visit is the look for signs of the reputed ghost who lingers on as described in local lore. The story says that in 1822 Julia Huggins was about to marry her fiancé when the groom and his best man killed each other in a duel. Julia became a recluse and is said to still walk the grounds, lonely to this day....

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Top Beaches in St. Kitts

Top Beaches in St. Kitts

Top Sights on the Nevis Heritage Trail

Top Sights on the Nevis Heritage Trail

How to Spend 3 Days in St. Kitts

How to Spend 3 Days in St. Kitts

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