TOP 10 THINGS TO DO
Scenic Railway Tour
The prettiest way to experience St. Kitts is a ride on the old sugar train, now transformed into a charming Scenic Railway Tour. It offers a unique perspective on the island as travelers ride along the old sugar railways, explore abandoned sugar plantations, churches, and experience the mesmerizing beauty of the island and warmth of the locals that wave you by through villages. Enjoy unlimited drinks, sample local sugar cakes and traditional songs from the scenic railway trio.
Romney Manor, Caribelle Batik, and Wingfield Estate
Once owned by Samuel Jefferson, (Thomas Jefferson’s great, great grandfather) and the Earle of Romney, the 17th-century Romney Manor sugar estate is now home to Caribelle-Batik. Set in 12 acres of lush landscaped gardens, at Romney Manor, artisans do live demonstrations of the batik process and sell authentic batik artwork and clothing. At the approach of Wingfield Estate stop to scout ancient petroglyphs made by original Carib inhabitants, and discover old structures from the old sugar estate and rum distillery.
Walking tour of Historical Basseterre
Highlights include a tour of Independence Square, the bustling Basseterre Circus, inspired by London’s Piccadilly Circus and home to the Berkeley Memorial, the Anglican church and the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church featuring amazing 18th-century architecture. Don’t miss the national museum in the Old Treasury building located in downtown Basseterre.
Visit Brimstone Hill Fortress and National Park
Head to the hills and enjoy breathtaking panoramic vistas from this imposing military fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing 17th-18th-century military architecture. Built by African slave labor, the fort was painstakingly constructed over a century from nearby volcanic rock deposits. Today, the museum provides an in-depth look into at what life would have been like for the soldiers living in this dramatic setting.
Zipline the lush rainforests
Friendly and professional zipline staff guide you through a total of five lines up to 1350 ft long, that offer breathtaking views as you soar through a tropical rainforest. An adrenaline-fuelled experience that allows you to reconnect with nature and perhaps catch a glimpse of green vervet monkeys in the trees. Zipline through the ravine, get a glimpse at Brimstone Hill and listen to the teeming sounds of the forest. An unforgettable adventure for the whole family.
Hike up Mt. Liamuiga
While most rain forests on earth are disappearing, the rainforest in St. Kitts is actually growing, thanks to old sugar plantations now being reclaimed. Not for the unfit traveler, a hike up Mt. Liamuiga— a dormant volcano is a unique adventure as you trek passed waterfalls, the tropical rainforest and the cloud forest at higher elevations. The spectacular view from the peak, is a rich reward for this 4+ hour guided hike. Or opt for a guided rain forest tour, that gives you the opportunity to explore and spot colorful hummingbirds, lizards, mongooses and monkeys indigenous to the island.
Catamaran Sail to Nevis
Enjoy a day on the Caribbean ocean aboard a catamaran. Stop to fish or snorkel clear turquoise waters teeming with marine life and massive coral reefs. Enjoy unlimited drinks, soak up the sunshine to sweet Caribbean music, lunch at Pinney’s Beach in Nevis and order one of their infamous Killer Bee cocktails at Sunshine’s Bar.
A day at the beach
Set aside at least a half day for some quintessential island beach time. South Frigate Bay, South Friars Bay and Cockleshell Bay are popular options filled with laid-back beach bars and shacks and ample beach chairs to relax on the beach and revel in the laid-back Caribbean. For a little more adventure an array of water sports, fly board, and jet ski rentals are offered along the beach for plenty of oceanfront action.
Snorkeling at Dieppe Bay Beach
No visit is complete without visiting the exotic black sand of Dieppe Bay Beach. Sun-lovers will love tanning on the shiny volcanic sand. Its calm clear waters are ideal for bathing, thanks to a major reef that protects the bay. Home to a colorful array of marine life, the reef makes for excellent snorkeling right from the beach.
A Night on the Frigate Bay Strip
Get a taste of Kittitian night life as locals and international students gather at the popular beach bars on the strip for fresh seafood and favorite Caribbean cuisine, island cocktails, and vibrant nightlife.