The friendly islands of St Kitts & Nevis have stunning beaches, impressive volcanoes, tropical rainforests and tons of restaurants to enjoy. The hot Caribbean sun keeps beating all year round so there’s never a bad time to visit.
This ultimate St Kitts & Nevis travel guide will give you all the information you’ll need including where to stay, things to do, when to visit and much more. This is the only travel guide you will need.
Contents – Ultimate St Kitts & Nevis Travel Guide
- About St Kitts & Nevis
- Things To Do
- Where To Stay
- Where To Eat
- When To Visit
- Best Beaches In St Kitts & Nevis
- How To Get There
- History Of The Islands
About St Kitts & Nevis
St Kitts & Nevis is a small country in the Caribbean made up of 2 islands with St Kitts being the largest. The island of Nevis lies just 3 km away across a strait known as ‘The Narrows’.
The country is mostly known for stunning beaches and cloudy peaked mountains with excellent hiking routes. The islands are very green and have a large tropical rainforest. You’ll find rare vervet monkeys on the islands, interestingly there are more monkeys on the islands than people!
There’s plenty of beaches to relax on and many have a range of water sports to try. You’ll also find reefs, bays and sunken ships perfect for snorkelling!
St Kitts & Nevis are typical Caribbean islands and have everything that travellers to the Caribbean expect. From white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees to brilliant blue oceans. The main difference is that St Kitts & Nevis are much quieter than many other Caribbean islands so you can really escape and not have to battle through the crowds.
This means the islands have a really laid-back, relaxed vibe as they are much less touristy than other Caribbean islands.
St Kitts vs Nevis
St Kitts is the more developed of the 2 islands and this is where the capital of Basseterre is located. Basseterre is a lively, port town where you can see lots of historical monuments, markets and also relax by the beach. St Kitts is overlooked by a stunning dormant volcano, Mount Liamuiga, which you can hike if you’re feeling up to it.
Nevis is also a popular destination but is much quieter and secluded. Here you’ll find an active volcano and many luxurious hotels where you can sit back and relax amongst nature. You’ll also find picture perfect sandy beaches here. The beaches tend to be secluded and you’ll never have to fight for space.
Check out my post on why you should visit St Kitts & Nevis for some interesting facts.
Things To Do In St Kitts & Nevis
There are so many amazing things to do in St Kitts & Nevis from hiking volcanoes to visiting a fortress. Here’s just a few of my favourites:
Ride a sugar train
Take a scenic ride on the sugar train. St Kitts Scenic Railway allows you to ride on a train which used to transport sugarcane from the plantations to the sugar factory in Basseterre many years ago.
The sugar industry was once the biggest on St Kitts. The ride will take you through the countryside of St Kitts, passing by lush green rainforests and mountains. You’ll also get a free drink!
Explore the rainforest
About 25% of St Kitts is actually covered by lush, tropical rainforest. A fantastic activity is taking a tour through the forest. You’ll see all sorts of wildlife and nature here as the jungle is home to hundreds of species of plants, flowers and animals. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a vervet monkey.
Ride down a zip line
Ride down one of the longest zip lines in the Caribbean. You’ll be able to whizz along the top of the stunning rainforest. One of the best zip lines is at Sky Safari’s, their longest one is 1,350ft! There’s also a dual line if you want to race a friend.
Hike a volcano
This is one of the best things to do in St Kitts & Nevis. Mount Liamuiga is a dormant volcano that sits on the island of St Kitts. The hike itself takes around 3 hours and if you’re up to it, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views of the island from above. You can see the surrounding islands and ocean from up here.
Visit a fortress
If you love history then spending a day at the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park could be for you. Here you can learn about the island’s colonial past, having been colonised by both the French and the British. The fortress also offers awesome views of the island and the ocean.
Try some water sports
Be adventurous and try some water sports. Both St Kitts & Nevis have some incredible beaches to relax on but also a range of fantastic water sports. This includes kayaking, jet skiing, surfing, paddle boarding and so much more.
See the views from Timothy Hill
Head up to Timothy Hill for stunning views of the islands from above. Up here you get the best view of the narrowest point of St Kitts. You’ll also be able to see the island of Nevis in the distance.
Where To Stay In St Kitts & Nevis
There’s many different places to stay around the islands and you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Luckily, wherever you stay, you won’t be too far away from a beach and as the islands are pretty small, you can easily travel around the island. In fact, it will only take you 50 minutes to get from one side of St Kitts to the other by car.
Here’s our top hotel picks for St Kitts & Nevis, divided up into different areas:
Frigate Bay, St Kitts
Frigate Bay is a popular area of St Kitts for visitors to stay as it features a stunning island cove with a beach and many restaurants and bars. It’s one of the liveliest places on the island.
One of the top hotels in this area is the Royal St Kitts Hotel. This hotel has everything you need including an outdoor pool, restaurant, gym and even a terrace.
Another top hotel located in Frigate Bay is St Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino. This luxury resort offers stunning rooms, an on-site golf course, spa and even a casino. You can also spend time relaxing at their beach bar or swim-up pool bar.
Basseterre, St Kitts
The capital of St Kitts & Nevis is another popular area to stay. This lively capital has plenty to see and do from shopping, historical monuments and laid-back beaches.
If you’re wanting to stay in the capital then why not try Imperial Bay Beach and Golf Residence. This hotel has an outdoor pool and a sun terrace, perfect for relaxing.
Another top hotel in Basseterre is the Koi Resort Saint Kitts, Curio Collection by Hilton. This beachfront 4* hotel has a private beach area, restaurant, bar and garden for its guests to enjoy. You can spend your day relaxing by the pool or in a hot tub here.
Christophe Harbour, St Kitts
Christophe Harbour is a great place to stay in St Kitts.
One of the best hotels is Park Hyatt St Kitts which is set on Banana Beach itself. The resort spans the entire width of the beach and also has 2 swimming pools.
Most people tend to stay on the island of St Kitts rather than Nevis but there are some fantastic hotels on Nevis that shouldn’t be overlooked. Nevis will be much quieter than St Kitts so you could find yourself a little piece of private heaven here.
One of the best hotels in Nevis is The Hamilton Beach Villas & Spa which sits on Pinney’s Beach. It features 2 swimming pools, a beachside restaurant and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and Nevis Peak.
Another top hotel on the island of Nevis is the Oualie Beach Resort which is situated right on Oualie Beach. This beautiful resort has lush gardens and charming Caribbean-style cottages for you to stay in. Each room has a veranda and stunning sea views.
If you like luxury then the Four Seasons Resort Nevis will be perfect for you. With 3 infinity pools, a relaxing spa and golf course, you’ll have everything you need. The hotel is also located right on the beach in Charlestown.
There are also some excellent options in St Kitts & Nevis on Airbnb. I often stay in Airbnbs when I travel as they are reasonable priced, super convenient and you can often find interesting and unique places to stay. There are some stunning villas and homes on Airbnb located across the islands.
If you’re new to Airbnb, use this link to get a discount on your first stay!
Where To Eat In St Kitts & Nevis
There’s a wide range of fantastic restaurants in St Kitts & Nevis. Many of these serve Caribbean food and a lot of seafood. Please note that all of the below restaurants have vegetarian options. Some also have vegan options but please check the menu beforehand.
Best Restaurants In St Kitts
One of most top rated restaurants in St Kitts is Marshalls. This stunning restaurant in Basseterre offers an excellent selection of local Caribbean dishes for you to try. An added bonus is the stunning sea views from the restaurant.
Another top restaurant is Spice Mill Restaurant located on Cockleshell Bay. This restaurant serves Caribbean cuisine which mainly consists of seafood. This restaurant has a beachfront setting so you can enjoy fantastic views as you eat.
Serendipity is another popular restaurant in Basseterre. They serve a range of Caribbean and seafood options such as lobster, scallop, shrimp, mussels and much more.
For something a little cheaper, why not try El Fredos Restaurant and Bar in Basseterre. They serve a range of fantastic Caribbean dishes all at a good price. This is a great place that is more off the beaten track and has a real local feel.
Another great restaurant is Shipwreck Beach Bar & Grill which is located on South Friars Bay. This Caribbean restaurant is a top pick where you can eat and relax on the beach at the same time. You’ll often see monkeys on this beach. They also serve delicious drinks!
A popular restaurant located in Frigate Bay is the Bombay Blues Restaurant which serves Indian food. This restaurant is reasonably priced and has a range of delicious Indian dishes to try. They also have a wide range of vegetarian options.
Best Restaurants In Nevis
For those staying on the island of Nevis, here are some top restaurant picks:
One of the most popular restaurants on Nevis is Mango Restaurant. They serve a range of Caribbean food options, mainly consisting of seafood. A great time to visit is at sunset as they have stunning sunset views and the restaurant is situated right by the ocean.
A great budget-friendly option is Sunshine’s Bar Lounge & Grill situated on Pinney’s Beach. This Caribbean cuisine restaurant has a great range of dishes and has a real local and friendly feel to it.
When To Visit St Kitts & Nevis
Due to its location in the Caribbean, St Kitts & Nevis experiences a hot, tropical climate all year round so there’s no bad time to visit.
There are certain times of year that experience more rain. This tends to be from July to November. This time of year is also hurricane season. Whilst it’s unlikely that you’ll experience a hurricane, you may experience a tropical storm. The rain tends to be short showers and the temperature is still hot at this time of year.
The driest time of year is from December to April. This tends to be high season for tourists due to the dry weather and hot temperatures.
For more detailed information on when to visit St Kitts & Nevis including temperatures, weather and events that occur during the year, check out my complete guide on when is the best time of year to visit St Kitts & Nevis.
Best Beaches In St Kitts & Nevis
The Caribbean is famous for stunning, tropical beaches and St Kitts & Nevis is no exception. You can expect a turquoise ocean and soft, sandy beaches.
Let’s take a look at some of the best beaches in St Kitts & Nevis. Interestingly, St Kitts & Nevis also has some black sand beaches.
South Friars Bay
One of St Kitt’s most popular beaches is South Friars Bay. It’s the perfect place to spend a day as the water is calm, the sand soft and the beach also has a fantastic, lively atmosphere. There’s plenty of food and drink options along the beach and it’s really family friendly.
This stunning sandy beach is the most popular beach on the island of Nevis. Located in Charlestown, this beach offers white sand, coconut trees swaying in the breeze and even a stunning picture perfect lagoon. It’s the perfect place to relax and sunbathe.
This secluded bay has soft, white sand and a fantastic range of watersports. It’s a pretty long beach (3km) and offers spectacular views of Nevis island as the beach itself is situated on the Narrows which is the narrow channel that separates the 2 islands of St Kitts & Nevis.
Whilst spending time on this beach, you may spot one of the island’s famous vervet monkeys. Watch out as one of these cheeky monkeys may steal your drink!
South Frigate Bay
This is without a doubt the liveliest beach on the islands. This action-packed bay has a great atmosphere and you’ll find people on this beach from dusk till dawn, often people party here until the early hours.
There’s a wide range of activities to take part in here from windsurfing to waterskiing and much more. You can grab a drink at a beach bar or purchase a souvenir from a craft stall. This beach has an infectious fun atmosphere which will leave you wanting more.
This palm tree lined beach features unique black sand.
There are a few black sand beaches on the islands. For more information on these including why the sand is black and which other beaches feature black sand, check out my post here on the black sand beaches of St Kitts & Nevis.
Dieppe Bay is also the point at which the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean so you can see the point at which the opposing waves crash into each other. Visitors come from all over to see this. It’s also a great place for snorkelling as the bay is protected by a major reef!
Located right at the end of the southeast peninsula, Turtle Beach is a great place to spend a day. If you’re lucky you may even spot a dolphin or a whale, especially if you go out on a boat trip here.
This stunning secluded beach sits at the tip of the southeast peninsula. It features coconut trees and soft sand, perfect for relaxing. You will need a car to get to this beach if you’re not staying in the area but it’s definitely worth it as this beach is a slice of paradise.
White House Bay
This bay features a rocky reef making it perfect for snorkelling! In the bay you’ll also find a sunken boat which is usually filled with a multitude of colourful fish and other marine life.
How To Get To St Kitts & Nevis
Located in the Caribbean, St Kitts is easily reached from many countries including the USA, Canada, UK and Europe.
Most people who visit the islands arrive by plane. There are many flights that arrive at the main airport, Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) every day. This international airport, located on St Kitts, sits just northeast of Basseterre.
Many airlines in the USA and Canada offer direct flights to St Kitts & Nevis. This includes Delta, Air Canada, American Airlines and United.
If you’re flying from the UK or Europe then you will have to take a connecting flight. British Airways offers a flight via Antigua. Many other airlines across Europe offer similar flights. It’s best to check Skyscanner for prices, flight lengths and connections.
There are also tons of direct flights from other Caribbean islands. Daily flights land at the airport from Antigua, St Martin, San Juan and more.
If you’re visiting Nevis then most flights will still land at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport as this is the main airport and it accommodates all aircraft. Even though this airport is located on St Kitts, the transfer to Nevis is very short. It takes only 6 minutes by water taxi to reach Nevis from St Kitts.
There is a small airport on Nevis, the Vance W. Amory International Airport however this airport only has a small runway and can only facilitate small aircraft and private jets.
St Kitts & Nevis are also popular stops for many cruise ships. Cruise ships will arrive at Porte Zante in the capital of Basseterre. From here, visitors tend to explore the capital of Basseterre which offers fantastic shopping opportunities, sightseeing and more.
History Of St Kitts & Nevis
St Kitts and Nevis have a very interesting colonial history. Over the years, they were occupied by both the French and the English with the 2 even occupying the islands at the same time for a while!
They did finally gain independence from the UK in 1983. If you’re interested in this history then please check my post here which discusses the colonial history of the islands in more depth.
Historically, St Kitts has been known throughout the world as a leader in sugarcane production. In fact they were even one of the most profitable sources of sugarcane for some time. I have written about the history of sugar production in another blog post here if you want to know more about this.
Thanks for reading this ultimate St Kitts & Nevis travel guide! I tried to cover all aspects so you have everything you need all in one post.
The islands are absolutely stunning and offer so much variety in terms of things to do and see. You’ll be sure to have an unforgettable trip!