North Frigate Bay, St. Kitts (Stockbyte/Getty)

Sandy Bay Beach on Saint Kitts (Medioimages/Photodisc/Getty)

Brimstone Hill Fortress, St. Kitts (Photodisc)

Majors Bay Beach, St. Kitts (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

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What to do in St. Kitts

Christened “St. Christopher” by Columbus in 1493, St. Kitts’s name was later shortened by English settlers. With sibling Nevis, the islands’ historical roots run deep, starting with Brimstone Hill, a military fortress set atop an 800-foot-high volcanic mount that helped St. Kitts emerge as the Gibraltar of the Caribbean. Nevis is the baby of the two, with one road supporting most of the traffic. Lush and fertile, St. Kitts became rich through sugarcane plantations that produced the sweet gold and rum by the cask. Though the industry isn’t as lucrative now, many former plantations still stand—several converted to small inns or vacation estates brimming with character and hospitality. The culture is just as charismatic, with gentle-natured locals, barefooted beaches, a near-constant steel-pan beat, and the iconic Caribbean approach to life.

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Traveler Reviews of St. Kitts


Joicie rates St. Kitts
St Kitts is definately NOT lush. Beaches and landscape seem more barren than other caribbean destinations. Interesting history, but not the place to go if you are loooking for exotic or plush scenery. It is not a top ten place to go - just beginning to be built up by developers - not a good thing. Locals are friendly and easy going. If you are looking for an island somewhat untouched by today's over the top tourism that does not look like paradise, this could be okay.
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mike rates St. Kitts
This place sucks! If you buy a round trip ferry ticket over to Nevis (sucks as well.) They will leave you stranded if they do not sell enough tickets for the ride back. This was the highlight of many disappointments with St. Kitts. Don't waste your time and money.
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