Breathtaking magnificence on St. Kitts and Nevis | Locations

Breathtaking magnificence on St. Kitts and Nevis | Locations

Island hopping throughout winter? Sure, please! Visiting two islands in a single journey? Even higher. St. Kitts and Nevis is a small dual-island nation that’s residence to among the most lovely surroundings I’ve come throughout – the place the mountains seem to the touch the clouds.

Scenic mountain views atop Timothy Hill

Scenic mountain views atop Timothy Hill in St. Kitts.

After your aircraft lands at St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw Worldwide Airport, there’s a little bit of a stroll from the tarmac into the precise airport. Take into account it an introduction to the island spirit. My resort, the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Seaside On line casino, was 10 minutes away from the airport, a bonus for comfort.

Prime-tier views & batik

I wished to waste no time exploring the islands, starting with St. Kitts. It might be a day filled with sightseeing, with my tour information, Cassandra Crawford, of Sunlinc. Driving round St. Kitts, you instantly discover the plush greenery and superb azure sky.

Seeing the views from the passenger facet of a car is one factor, however stopping at Timothy Hill takes your breath away. That is the place you’ll take pleasure in a 360-degree view of the place the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meet. It’s among the best vistas within the Caribbean.

Brimstone Hill Fortress side view

Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Website in St. Kitts, was constructed and maintained by enslaved individuals for Nice Britain.

After making our method down from Timothy Hill, we drove into downtown Basseterre, the place lots of the buildings from the 1800s are nonetheless standing. Independence Sq. – the brand new title given to the previous Pall Mall Sq. after St. Kitts gained independence from Nice Britain in 1983 – is the middle of exercise in within the capital metropolis of Basseterre, the place males, girls and kids had been as soon as bought into slavery. It’s now a inexperienced area used primarily for cultural occasions.

The island isn’t overdeveloped and lots of of its sights are like a step again in time, such because the Brimstone Hill Fortress Nationwide Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Website. It was designed by British army engineers and constructed by enslaved individuals, who labored to meticulously craft the volcanic rock and limestone into the partitions that protected the British from their enemies and nonetheless stand to this present day.


Romney Manor dates to the 1600s.

Building of Brimstone Hill started in 1690 and continued periodically for 100 years earlier than completion; the fortress is sort of 800 ft excessive and is among the best-preserved buildings of its sort. It’s now a well-liked website for weddings, banquets and particular occasions.

The historical past of the island continued with a cease at Romney Manor, which dates again to the 1600s and was initially settled by King Tegreman of the Carib Indians. After the Carib Indian massacres, Europeans took over the positioning. Sam Jefferson, great-great-great-grandfather of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, claimed the land as his personal and finally bought a portion of the 1,000-acre property to the Earl of Romney of England, who renamed it Romney Manor. It will definitely turned a rum distillery and sugar plantation on the adjoining Wingfield Property.

Romney Manor is also the house of Caribelle Batik, an on-site store that sells batik merchandise. Batik is an historic Indonesian methodology of hand-painting textiles that covers elements that aren’t to be dyed with a coat of wax. The batik course of takes just a few days and the extra colours, the longer the method. I obtained to observe craftsperson Ella Flemming show and narrate the extremely detailed artwork kind.

Nevis by sea

The water taxis

The water taxis departing from St. Kitts take lower than 10 minutes to reach in Nevis.

Brief on time? Strive Nevis by sea. It’s too tempting to not discover, particularly as a result of it takes lower than 10 minutes from St. Kitts by way of the water taxi and prices $40 USD roundtrip. There’s additionally the choice to take a ferry, however the journey instances are longer, anyplace from 20 minutes to an hour.

The waters had been just a little uneven on our trip over, however we arrived within the blink of a watch. Upon arrival, common taxis are lined up ready to take you round city. After a little bit of scrutiny, I settled on an older driver, Samuel, who is also a part-time, unofficial Nevis historian. He provided to take us on a tour of the island for $40 USD together with a cease at native watering gap Sunshine’s Seaside Bar & Grill, recognized for its Killer Bee punch. Extra on that later.

St. Thomas Anglican Church

St. Thomas Anglican Church and College is touted because the oldest lively Protestant church within the Caribbean.

It was a Sunday afternoon, so the island was quiet and seemed abandoned, however in a peaceable method. Sunday is a day of relaxation within the Caribbean; most retailers and companies are closed and Nevis follows that custom. Samuel took me to some historic locations, together with the St. Thomas Anglican Church and College. Constructed in1643, St. Thomas claims to be the oldest lively Protestant church within the Caribbean.

Subsequent up was the Tub Resort and Tub Home, reputed to be the oldest resort within the Caribbean. Again in its day, the wealthy and well-known stayed there for the therapeutic sizzling spring baths the island is thought for.


The author, Lahoma Scarlette, in entrance of Sunshine’s Seaside Bar & Grill with its proprietor, who calls himself Solar.

Sunshine’s on the seaside

We fittingly ended our tour at Sunshine’s alongside Pinney’s Seaside, on the island’s west coast. There are different bars and lounges alongside the stretch, however Sunshine’s seems to be the preferred. It was crammed with vacationers and locals (all the time a great signal), with reggae music setting the vibe. The décor is an element United Nations, half island shack, with the ceiling filled with flags from nations, faculties and establishments. The partitions are coated with license plates from nearly each nook of the earth and a who’s who picture gallery of celebrities, enterprise tycoons and world dignitaries who make the compulsory go to. It’s a spot to relax, eat, mingle, and be merry.

“I’ve been right here 30 years,” stated Sunshine’s proprietor, who goes by Solar. “I began with 100 EC$ (Jap Caribbean {dollars}), 10 kilos of hen and a case of Carib beer. It was a catering job for the development staff on the [nearby] 4 Seasons Resort.”

About that Killer Bee, watch out – it might sneak up on you! The rum punch is nice so you could suppose there’s no kickto it. However you’d be improper, so very improper.

The water taxi again to St. Kitts was easy, and taking in these cloud-capped mountains one final time was breathtaking.