Photoblog: Secrets of St Kitts

Posted on March 4, 2013 by

We’re currently on the Caribbean island of St Kitts for some hiking, biking, ATV action, and liming. Follow us on our journey here or on Twitter with the hashtag #St Kitts.

Swaying coconut trees, sparkling blue water, powdery sand and the sounds of reggae music in the distance: St Kitts is everything we’d imagined – and more. Having spent almost a week exploring, we’re thrilled to find that St Kitts isn’t just any Caribbean island. It’s the Caribbean without sun-burnt tourists, all-inclusive resorts, and Señor Frogs. Imagine Barbados 20 years ago and that’s St Kitts – no high-rise hotels, touts nor throngs of crowds. In their place are empty, pristine beaches, tranquil villages, lush green rainforests, and a huge monkey population (bigger than the human population of 35,000!).

Despite its small size (68 square miles), St Kitts packs a punch especially for active travelers like ourselves who like to get out and about. Over the past few days, we’ve hiked in the Phillips Rainforest, ziplined through the Wingfield forest, and tried SNUBA diving for the first time. While navigating our way around the island, we also learned about St Kitts’ colonial and slavery history in the capital of Basseterre, where prisons and British architecture can still be seen today. At the UNESCO World Heritage Site of  Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, we were transported back in time when British troops protected the land against the French. Wingfield Estate also gave us a glimpse into the island’s sugar production history.

To give you an idea of St Kitts’ secrets, here are some of Alberto’s shots from various corners of the island. We’ll be back with more stories but in the meantime, enjoy the photos!

Nellie posing with St. Kitts at her feet

The numerous hills on the island offer amazing view points

View of the South Peninsula with Nevis island in the background

On a clear day, a view of the whole South Peninsula can be enjoyed with the island of Nevis in the background

Nellie at one of the beautiful beaches of St. Kitts

Nellie enjoying some sunshine at one of the beautiful beaches of St. Kitts

Cattle egret

St. Kitts is also a great place for bird watching. Here’s a Cattle Egret resting on a tree

Stone of fertility

The island of St. Kitts was once called Liamigua or “fertile island” by its early inhabitants. Locals believe that touching this rock and the fertility drawings carved on it will boost your chances of getting a baby

The Rum Tree

The Rum Tree. Locals express their love to the Caribbean’s signature beverage by hanging empty rum bottles to decorate this very special bush

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

The Brimstone Hill Fortress is a living testament of the power of the british empire during their rule on the island

Cannon at Brimstone Hill Fortress

The fortress is located on a vantage spot for defense and control of the island

The Brimstone Hill Fortress is one of the best preserved historical fortifications in the Americas, something we can attest while visiting its interior

Barbecue stands are scattered all across the island to the enjoyment of tourists and locals

Beach at Reggae Beach Bar in St. Kitts

After a day of exploring, what better way to kick back and relax than at one of St. Kitts tranquil beaches


Disclaimer: Our trip was made possible by St Kitts Tourism, but all opinions expressed above are our own.

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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

10 Responses to “Photoblog: Secrets of St Kitts”

  1. Jam @icoSnap March 4, 2013 11:15 am
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    I totally adore all of the photos from St. Kitts, I need to go there right now. It's so cold here in Germany.

    • @WildJunket March 4, 2013 10:16 pm
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      I get what you mean. We spent a cold winter in Europe and we're so glad to be out in the tropics now!

  2. Ruth March 4, 2013 3:32 pm
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    Amazed by the beauty of St. Kitts. Each Caribbean islands has its own secrets (no matter how small it is). I guess that is why so many people are fascinated with this part of the world.

    • Nellie March 4, 2013 10:15 pm
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      So true! In the Caribbean, we\’ve only been to the Bahamas and now St Kitts – and now having seen the side of the Caribbean that\’s away from tourist-cluttered resorts, we definitely want to explore more of the region.

  3. Migration Expert March 6, 2013 12:05 am
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    My friend whose into travelling also told me that St. Kitts is an awesome place to visit because of it's beautiful beaches and friendly people! I will definitely add the place on my list of places that I want to visit.

  4. andiperullo March 6, 2013 5:55 pm
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    Beyond GORGEOUS!!!! Definitely a dream destination for me.

  5. Shivya March 11, 2013 9:57 pm
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    Described beautifully. And I love the "Rum" tree!

  6. crazysexyfuntraveler March 18, 2013 3:52 pm
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    Loving the photo with you Nellie on the beach and all those clouds :) Ah, the Rum tree too!

    • @WildJunket March 20, 2013 10:07 pm
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      Cheers Alex! It was great exploring St Kitts with you, hope our paths cross soon!

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