St Christopher (or St Kitts as it is most commonly known) and its neighbour Nevis are wonderful 'old' Caribbean islands with an extraordinary history dating back to the 15th century. Relatively unspoiled, they offer so much more than the typical Caribbean beach resorts and have many places to explore.
why we like st kitts & nevis
Still relatively quiet and not widely known, these two small islands offer a mix of wonderful beaches (some are black volcanic sand), magnificent rainforest and off-shore activities. Nevis is the quieter of the two and remains one of the most unspoilt in the Caribbean. The picturesque capital of Charlestown is quite charming and is one of the best remaining examples of the colonial era in the Caribbean.
St Kitts was the oldest and wealthiest of all the English colonies in the Caribbean, due to the high yield of sugar and rum. Of course, being the Caribbean, there are still a number of rum distilleries to visit. For such small islands, there is much to explore.
Due to their close proximity, these two islands offer a great twin-centre option and due to good flight connections, can be paired with Antigua too.
what to expect on your st kitts & nevis holiday
Located in the eastern Caribbean, surrounded by Antigua, Barbuda, St Eustatius and Montserrat, St Kitts is an island of just 69 square miles which Nevis is just 36.
As well as some beautiful beaches, there are nature trails through rainforests and exploration of former plantation houses which have been restored to their former glory, and there are now boutique hotel or restaurants that are keen to tell of their fascinating history.
St Kitts has some great dive sites, with reefs, walls, caves and wrecks; with the deepest waters close to shore, there isn't a need to go far. The rainforests provide wonderful hiking trails with or without guides and there is a full day hike to the dormant volcano crater at the centre of the island. Being blessed with a myriad of complex ecosystems, there is an abundance of bird life - some 203 different species have been recorded.
Nevis on the other hand, is sleepier and more relaxed, offering a real get-away from it all experience. Still covered with ruins of the sugar plantations of yesteryear, there are 21.5 miles of marked trail around the island which take in many points of interest. Green vervet monkeys are a common sight too.
Accommodation ranges from old, restored plantation houses, to well-known hotel groups such as Four Seasons and Marriott.
some ides for a holiday to st kitts & nevis
- Climb the peaks - Mount Liamuiga on St Kitts at 3,792ft or Mount Nevis which is 3,232ft high.
- Explore Brimstone Hill Fortress, St Kitts UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park, with stunning views to neighbouring islands.
- Take a relaxing tour on the St Kitts Scenic Railway.
- Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the hot springs at Bath Village in Nevis.
- Take part with volunteers tagging the sea turtles that come to nest on Nevis' beaches
Beyond the ordinary
Star gazing from the beaches of Nevis, away from the glare of city lights. Watch (or take part) in the annual Nevis to St Kitts cross channel swim (4km).