St. Kitts Travel Tips
The island of St. Kitts is also known as Saint Kitts and Saint Christopher. St. Kitts is part of the two-island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Nevis, however, is covered in its own separate section.
St. Kitts isn’t among the Caribbean’s best-known islands, yet it’s continually being ranked as one of the best by many prominent sources including US News & World Report, NBC News, USA Today, AOL Travel and British Airways. Saint Kitts also is rapidly becoming one of the regions most popular cruise ports.
Pretty impressive accolades, especially since travel media traditionally gushed over its neighbor, Nevis. Finally, St. Kitts' genuine West Indian culture, historical architecture as well as its wide variety of activities have earned the appreciation they deserve. (See Things To Do)
The capital city of St. Kitts is Basseterre
(pronounced "bass-terr"), a decidedly French name that reflects the long struggle
between the English and French over ownership
of the island. (See St. Kitts history)
Although the Caribs were completely routed
from St. Kitts, they did leave behind one of the most
intriguing sites on the island: a ravine filled with
petroglyphs at Bloody Point
that few tourists ever see due to the moderate hike required to reach it.
For hikers, St. Kitts is a walker's paradise. About
36% of the island (roughly 16,000 acres) is protected
rain forest. This land has been safeguarded since colonial
times to retain the vital watershed.
St. Kitts' toughest hike is a climb to the top of the volcano, Mount
Liamuiga, (pronounced Lee-A-mwee-ga),
which is a respectable 3,792 feet (1156 m) high.
St. Kitts claims one of the Caribbean's oldest and most respected music festivals, dating back to 1996, which features some of the world's top performers. Find out more about the St. Kitts Music Festival and who is appearing this year.
St. Kitts offers many different activities. Scuba
divers here have the unusual chance to swim through warm
steam vents, courtesy of the island's volcano.
For sunning and relaxing, the best beaches
are on the Southern
Peninsula with its popular area known as "The Strip."
St. Kitts is the only island with its own scenic railway tour. See the journey around the island on the St.
Kitts Scenic Railway (The Sugar Train)
In a very short time, Port Zante in Basseterre has become one of the most popular stops for Eastern Caribbean cruises. And why not, considering the unusual variety of things to do.
What You Need to Know If You Go
Things To Do
Major attractions and activities
to Stay on St. Kitts
From small historic inns to a large casino hotel
Calendar of Events
What events happen when
St. Kitts Road Map
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St. Kitts History
First English settlement in the Eastern Caribbean
A "circus" is one of the highlights
Most are at the southern end
Be kissed by the breath of a volcano
More traces of the island's volcanic past
Mighty but largely unknown
The canyon at Bloody Point is awesome
Scale the sides of an old volcano
See the critters that live here
Sea Turtle Nesting Ecotour
April 15-June 15
Kitts Music Festival
Held the end of June
Kitts Scenic Railway Island Tour
It's also called The Sugar Train
In many ways, this is
the most interesting part of the island