There are many reasons to venture deeper into our island of a thousand treasures. To splash in warm, iridescent waters along pristine island shores. To dive ancient shipwrecks and virgin coral reefs. To sway to a soca beat, sipping local rum around a bonfire on the beach. St. Kitts is small enough to see in a day, and big enough to explore for a lifetime.
Located in the northern Leeward islands where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean is the captivating twin-island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Discover a distinctive array of wellness pursuits, resort relaxation, astonishing natural beauty and a dash of history on one of the most unspoilt and relaxing islands in the Caribbean.
Boasting quintessential Caribbean charm, St. Kitts and Nevis offers authentic, one-of-a-kind cultural attractions, such as the UNESCO recognized Brimstone Hill Fortress Park and The Sugar Train, the Caribbean’s only scenic passenger railway in St. Kitts to the birthplace of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton in Nevis, bringing the historic past of the first European outpost in the Caribbean to life.
Experience the island-wide dramatic natural beauty that exemplifies the best the Caribbean has to offer. Become immersed in nature with a hike up Mt. Liamuiga, a dormant volcano carpeted with lush rainforest in St. Kitts, or Nevis Peak in Nevis, then take to the water for kayaking, scuba diving, speed boating, yachting, or a scenic catamaran sail along the coast. When it’s time to unwind, soak in the Caribbean sun on one of the many secluded beaches.
Although full of “hidden gems”, St. Kitts & Nevis provides the more traditional vacation pastimes, including shopping, dining, golf, fine dining, gaming and more.
Our Island Culture
Our true Caribbean flavor and laid back feel are best understood through our quirky local expressions. Take "limin" for instance.
What’s limin’ you may wonder? It’s an Island thing. Our very own brand of kicking back and relaxing. Once you explore our magical island, you’ll find yourself limin’ like a local in no time.
How we greet you ... "Wha' cha saying!" It's a phrase that encapsulates: "how are you, long time no see"... all into one and depending on the speaker may even hint at an I missed you. Our language is full of beautiful phrases that show our warmth and caring.
Our culture offers a fascinating window into St. Kitts’ past, a rare treasure chest of traditions from very different lands by very different people. It is in our dancing, our cooking, and our stories.
Visiting St. Kitts is not just about tantalizing the senses; it’s about following your heart to venture deeper into nature, Caribbean life, our unique culture and traditions and reconnecting with nature and self. St. Kitts seduces you, seeping into your soul with every day that passes. You see it in the beautiful faces of school children, waving back at every admiring passerby. You feel it in the warm and welcoming smiles that greet you wherever you go. The most enchanting quality about St. Kitts is undeniably our people.
Once known as the gateway to the Caribbean, Little Hawaii and Sugar City, St. Kitts beguiles all the senses. From the sweet perfume of wildflowers said to hold the spirits of beloved family members, bringing their memories to life to the aroma of a smoky sizzling barbecue on the beach. You’ll taste it in the carefully prepared fresh fish, abundant tropical fruits and every delicious dish of Caribbean cuisine set before you. You’ll hear it in the pulsating sound of steel drums or local soca and reggae artists, who define our native sound.
STEEPED IN HISTORY
You’ll love our stories, too. How St. Kitts was once known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies for its domination of 18th- century colonial battles. How the island rose to become the world’s leader in sugarcane cultivation, an inspiration for the industrial revolution in the process. How a former slave-ship-captain-turned-preacher was inspired off our shores to write the beloved folk song, Amazing Grace. And how explorer Christopher Columbus was so taken by the island’s natural beauty and saintly shape that he named it after the patron saint of all travelers, St. Christopher. (Little did he know, somewhere along the line the baptismal name he so reverently bestowed would be affectionately shortened to St. Kitts.)
When the time comes to say goodbye, you’re sure to bring home sweet memories of our laid-back way of life of pellucid waters crowded with glittering rainbow fish and green sea turtles. Of chattering vervet monkeys and friendly families of mongoose. Of unforgettable sunsets and rainbows that appear out of nowhere. Of a place that dares you to follow your heart.