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!
The numerous hills on the island offer amazing view points
On a clear day, a view of the whole South Peninsula can be enjoyed with the island of Nevis in the background
Nellie enjoying some sunshine at one of the beautiful beaches of St. Kitts
St. Kitts is also a great place for bird watching. Here’s a Cattle Egret resting on a tree
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. Locals express their love to the Caribbean’s signature beverage by hanging empty rum bottles to decorate this very special bush
The Brimstone Hill Fortress is a living testament of the power of the british empire during their rule on the island
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
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.