St Kitts and Nevis Travel

There are many reasons to visit the islands 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. But the most important reason is that you’ll share a smile with every new experience that unfolds on St. Kitts and Nevis.  Both islands have mountain rain forests, uncrowded beaches, historic ruins, towering volcanoes, charming Georgian capitals, and restored 18th-century sugar plantation inns run by elegant and eccentric owners.

These lesser-known but luxurious islands in the Caribbean are breathtaking. St. Kitts and Nevis is a place for travelers looking for resort relaxation and picturesque landscapes with a touch of adventure and a dash of history. St. Kitts is the more outgoing island, with the widest selection of restaurants, bars and hotels. Quiet and lush Nevis has the seclusion that some want, Nevis doesn’t have a single streetlight!

Near-perfect packages – that’s how you you’ll think of St Kitts and Nevis. The two-island nation combines beaches with gorgeous mountains, activities to engage your body and rich history to engage your mind. The local culture is mellow, friendly and infused with a pulsing calypso beat.  To learn more about all the beautiful beaches on the islands of St Kitts and Nevis, visit here.  Now view our St Kitts and Nevis Travel guide to help plan your next Antigua and Barbuda vacation!

St Kitts & Nevis Weather – When to Visit

Temperatures on both islands are tropical and moderate year-round. The average air temperature on the islands is between 78 to 88 °F throughout the year, and humidity is usually around 71%.  The extreme high temperature is approximately 95 °F, and the extreme low can dip to 65 °F.  The islands experience low humidity and are cooled by the northeast trade winds, making the higher temperatures bearable.

The best time to visit St. Kitts and Nevis is in May and June, when hotels lower their rates to lure in travelers and the winter crowds thin out. But the peak season – December to April – does host Carnival, a party that might be worth weaving through the droves of tourists. The crowds disperse again in the summer months when the islands experience the Atlantic hurricane season. And keep in mind St. Kitts and Nevis’ average highs hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

St Kitts & Nevis Attractions

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The island’s showpiece has soft golden sand on the calm Caribbean, lined with a magnificent grove of palm trees. The Four Seasons Resort is here, as are the plantation inns’ beach clubs and casual beach bars such as Sunshine’s, Chevy’s, and the Lime. Beach chairs are gratis when you purchase a drink or lunch. This beach is great for swimming or beach walking.  Sundays are busiest.

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Even if you’re not a fan of military anything, this massive hilltop compound with its citadels, bastions, barracks and ramparts will likely leave a lasting impression. The British began construction of what was then a state-of-the-art fortress in 1690 and, using slave labor, kept refining it for about a century. In 1999 it became a Unesco World Heritage site.   Wander up to polygonal Fort George to stand on the gun deck and take in the amazing views.

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It’s easy to spend a couple of hours wandering around this enchanting symphony of orchids, palms, water-lily ponds, bamboo groves and other global flora interspersed with sculpture, pools, ponds and fountains. In the Rainforest Conservatory parrots patrol the huge tropical plants, waterfalls and Mayan-style sculpture. A Thai restaurant serves lunch and refreshments.

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The ruins of this somewhat restored house and surrounding replicas of chattel-house cottages are set in 6 acres of glorious gardens, with exotic flowers, an old bell tower, and an enormous, gnarled 350-year-old saman tree.  Inside, at Caribelle Batik, you can watch artisans hand-printing fabrics by the 2,500-year-old Indonesian wax-and-dye process known as batik. You can also stroll to the 17th-century ruins of Wingfield Manor, site of the first land grant in the British West Indies, and home to a zip-lining outfit.

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South of Mosquito Bay and north of Cades and Jones Bays, this beige-sand beach lined with palms and sea grapes is where the folks at Oualie Beach Hotel can mix you a drink and fix you up with water-sports equipment. There’s excellent snorkeling amid calm water and fantastic sunset views with St. Kitts silhouetted in the background. Several beach chairs and hammocks the sand and the grassy “lawn” behind it.  This beach is great for snorkeling and beautiful sunsets.

St Kitts & Nevis Tours & Activities

St Kitts Deluxe Catamaran Snorkeling Tour With Lunch

Sail the waters off St Kitts & Nevis aboard a luxury catamaran during this 4-hour snorkeling excursion. Get a snorkeling lesson from your experienced crew, then jump in to explore the underwater world wearing the provided snorkel gear. See schools of colorful fish and vibrant coral as you relax in the warm, calm water. After snorkeling, grab a refreshing drink from the open bar and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch featuring island flavors. Feel the island vibes as the crew cranks up the tunes and the boat sails back along the coast to port.  Read more about St Kitts Deluxe Catamaran Snorkeling Tour

Full Island Panoramic Tour of St Kitts

Get a comprehensive view of St. Kitts’ highlights and landmarks on this round-island tour. Follow your guide to points of interest such as the Wingfield Plantation, Bloody Point, the National Museum, and Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor, among many more. All entrance fees, one complimentary drink, and round-trip transportation from your hotel included.  Read more about Full Island Panoramic Tour of St Kitts

Private Sailing Charter in St Kitts

Charter a private sailboat for a relaxing sail up the coast of St Kitts. In Frigate Bay, step aboard the 50-foot (15-meter) Minerva, where the crew will greet you with a glass of champagne. Tailor your itinerary to suit your interests, whether you’d like to snorkel, visit the island’s legendary beaches or simply relax on board with the tropical breeze in your hair. Sip drinks from the top-shelf bar and savor appetizers and homemade desserts. Choose from half-day or full-day excursions. Use of snorkel equipment is included.   Read more about St Kitts Private Yacht Charter

ATV Tour of St Kitts

Discover the wild side of St. Kitts during this thrilling 3-hour all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trip through the island’s rugged interior. Follow your guide on an adrenaline-fueled ride past jaw-dropping landscapes and sky-high volcanic peaks as you traverse sugar cane fields and lush emerald-green hillsides. Along the way you’ll have time to gain insight into the island’s culture during stops at the historical sugar plantation and a textile center producing batik fabrics. Your St. Kitts ATV tour also includes a safety briefing, all equipment, entrance fees and round-trip transport from select hotels.  Read more about ATV Tour of St Kitts

St Kitts Mini Speedboat Snorkel Adventure

Explore the coves and beaches of the Southeast Peninsula of St Kitts aboard a mini-speedboat. During this 3-hour adventure, you’ll drive your own dinghy (2 people per boat) over the azure waters, stopping to snorkel among native marine life. Light refreshments, use of snorkel equipment, and round-trip transportation from local hotels included.  Read more about St Kitts Mini Speedboat Snorkel Adventure

Best St Kitts & Nevis Restaurants

Marshall’s  $11 – 30

The pool area of Horizons Villa Resort is transformed into a stylish eatery thanks to smashing ocean views, potted plants, serenading tree frogs, and elegant candlelit tables. Jamaican chef Verral Marshall fuses ultra fresh local ingredients with global influences. Telephone:  869-466-8245  Web:  Marshall’s. 

Carambola Beach Club  $11 – 30

Casual lunches take full advantage of the beachfront setting, with white tents and beach beds. But nighttime is truly spectacular, with outdoor fiber-optic fountains, a sleek interior with an eat-in wine cellar and tile-and-layered-wood sushi bar. Starters include the original maki rolls. Seafood such as breaded grouper in orange beurre blanc is masterfully executed; nothing at Carambola is overcooked. Telephone:  869-465-9090  Web: Carambola Beach Club.

Serendipity  $31 – 60

The ambitious menu of starters and main courses reflects co-owner-chef Alexander James’s peripatetic postings, includes crispy fried Brie, spring rolls with plum dipping sauce, mahi mahi with a cheese-and-basil crust, or teriyaki-glazed tiger shrimp. The wine list is well considered; vegetarians will be delighted by the many creative options; and very affordable lunches feature gargantuan tapas-style selections. Telephone:  869-465-9999  Web:  Serendipity.

Sprat Net Bar & Grill  $11 – 30

This simple cluster of picnic tables sits on a sliver of sand. It is an island hot spot. There’s nothing fancy on the menu: just grilled fish, lobster, ribs, and chicken served with mountains of coleslaw and peas and rice. But the fish is amazingly fresh: the fishermen–owners heap their catches on a center table from which you choose your own dinner, then watch it grilled to your specification before dining family-style on paper plates. Telephone:  869-466-7535  Web:  Sprat Net.

Hermitage Plantation Inn  $11 – 30

After cocktails in the inn’s antiques-filled parlor (the knockout rum punches are legendary), dinner is served on the veranda. Many ingredients are harvested from the inn’s herb garden, fruit trees, piggery, and livestock collection; the scrumptious cured meats, baked goods, preserves, and ice creams are homemade. Telephone:  869-469-3477  Web:  Hermitage Plantation Inn.

Best St Kitts & Nevis Bars and Nightlife

The Dock Bar

The Dock is located on the far edge of The Strip, adjacent to the Timothy Beach Resort. A fun place to enjoy Happy Hour Monday through Friday and one of St. Kitts finest local bands on Sunday night!  Telephone:  1-888-229-2747  Web:  The Dock Bar.

Vibes Beach Bar

Vibes Beach Bar is the new incarnation of the former Ziggy’s Beach Bar, whose slogan is “Morning, Noon & Night,” and that remains the case. Great beers, great nightlife and great food.  Telephone:  869-465-8423  Web:  Vibes Beach Bar.

Ziggy’s

The party starts early at this jamming shack and goes late. It’s open all day, starting with breakfast, and there’s live music on weekends.  Telephone:  869-662-3104  Web:  Ziggy’s.

Buddies Beach Hut

The Rainbow Beach Bar and Grille has a very casual environment where tourists and local residents relax and enjoy great drinks, ribs, and other dishes. It is also located in a region where diners can appreciate beautiful sunsets.  They are known for their Friday night DJ dance party.  Telephone:  869-669-4178  Web:  Rainbow Beach Bar & Grille.

Mr X’s Shiggidy Shack

Long considered one of the best beach bars in the Caribbean, Mr X’s Shiggidy Shack is effectively the headquarters of The Strip. It’s worth a visit on any trip to St Kitts and Nevis.  Telephone:  869-663-4578  Web:  Mr X’s Shiggidy Shack.

Chin Chilla’s

The beautiful thing about The Strip is the mix of locals and travelers — everybody just seems to get along swimmingly. And that’s nowhere truer than Chinchilla’s, which features terrific Mexican food as well. Get ready to dance.  Telephone:  869-465-2477  Web:  Chin Chilla’s.

Best St Kitts & Nevis Hotels

Park Hyatt St Kitts


Set on a nearly-untouched Caribbean island within the Christophe Harbour development Park Hyatt St. Kitts spans the entire Banana Bay offering an idyllic experience for discerning leisure travelers to the West Indies. This luxury resort is nestled in a secluded area offering golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, overlooking The Narrows – a majestic straight separating St. Kitts and its volcanic sister-island of Nevis. All accommodations face forwards towards the beach and sea and are chic in design. The resort includes premium suites with individual plunge or swimming pools and private sundecks.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis


Four Seasons Resort Nevis embodies a fresh take on a timeless Caribbean experience.  On an unspoiled island, this resort is a spirited and soulful haven where both serenity and adventure can be pursued endlessly.  Discover a place where Nevisian love and harmony is ever-present and infused through every aspect of your stay.

The Hamilton Beach Villas & Spa

Located directly on the beach with wonderful views of St. Kitts and Mount Nevis. The property includes several pools and wonderful tropical gardens, as well as an excellent beachfront restaurant and bar.

Monpelier Plantation & Beach


Only 6 miles from the beach, the hotel is idyllically situated 750 feet above the Caribbean Sea in the foothills of Nevis Peak. Surrounded by 60 acres of lush tropical gardens and built around one of the island’s original 18th century sugar plantations, this charming getaway is delightfully secluded. Carefully designed to let the fresh sea air and tranquility connect you to a simpler way of life. This unique getaway proudly offers Relais & Chateaux hospitality including fine wine and food with wellness that is both active and relaxing.

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club


Nisbet is the Caribbean’s only luxury plantation inn located on the beach. This intimate hideaway is one of the Caribbean’s Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels and the ancestral home of Fanny Nisbet, the ever-faithful wife of British naval hero Admiral Horatio Nelson. A historic resort with only 36 rooms spread over 30 lush beachfront acres. Enjoy impeccable service that has helped Nisbet Plantation be recognized as one of the top Caribbean hotels. Vacation at a top Caribbean hotel on the island time forgot.


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28 Comments

  1. Wayne

    I think I’ve heard of St. Kits but not Nevis Island.  Both of them sound amazing.

    As I look at the picture of the road going up the mountain (or is that a hill), I can picture myself walking or riding a bicycle and listening to the tropical birds while taking in the fresh smell of the ocean.

    That and relaxing on one of those amazing beaches and no street lights would be like heaven to me.  Relaxing, soaking in the sun… when does the next plane leave?  The sky must be amazing at night.

    Don’t know about you but, if money was no object, I’d be there in a blink.

    There is just something about the majesty and magnetism of a tropical resort.  Wouldn’t you agree?

    Wayne

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would agree Wayne, and if I won the lottery I would be living in a place like this.  It would be pure heaven for sure!  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  2. Selenity Jade

    I’ve never heard of St. Kitts or Nevis islands, so this was a fun read!  Especially as they have the Botanical Gardens in Nevis!  I love botanical gardens and it would be absolutely awesome to visit one on the islands!  To see the different plants the more tropical places have, just wow!  Thanks for this!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Jade.  I am glad you enjoyed reading my St Kitts and Nevis Travel guide.  Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Phil

    Hi there
    Many thanks for the awesome review and if it looks as good as the images portray, it would make a great tourist destination.
    The beaches and the trails look very attractive and the feature on the Brimstone Hill Fortress interests me greatly as I have a keen interest in history.
    You have done this destination a great service by highlighting its uniqueness and attractive features.
    Thanks again for the great review
    Cheers PB

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Phil!  Thanks for visiting St Kitts and Nevis Travel.  Come back again when you are ready to plan your trip!

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  4. Marcus Mendonca

    What a great review of these beautiful Caribbean islands. I was actually on a cruise to Caribbean a couple of years ago and I loved it. Too sad, I didn’t have access to your site back then. It could’ve been so much better if I did. I have just added it to my list of favorites. Thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Marcus, thanks for reading!

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  5. Jason

    I love the Caribbean! This looks like my kind of place. I really like the historical buildings and history in general. I am a big fan of secluded or less crowded places. If I go to a tropical island I want it to feel like the rest of the world doesn’t exist. I really like they way you have described this destination. Your words are so colorful I can imagine being there. It makes me want to be there. Superb job!  St. Kitts and Nevis will be on my list of places to go for sure, hopefully in 2018!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Jason, thanks for visiting St Kitts and Nevis Travel.  Yes, I think that you probably could and would feel like the rest of the world did not exist on St Kitts and Nevis.  They are definitely two wonderful Caribbean islands with less tourism than most. 

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  6. Erik

    Since I live in Europe, I pretty much didn’t know that this island exists. Your post was so full of information that I don’t have to look elsewhere for traveling information. Seems to be a really pleasant traveling location and I sure will consider it for my next year’s traveling plans.

    What time of the year do you think would be the best to visit St Kitts and Nevis? When I travel I try to avoid the periods when everywhere is packed with tourists.

    Erik

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Erik, From June thru August is going to be the best months to travel, as this is their low season and everything is less crowded. If you want to enjoy St Kitts and Nevis without the crowds, plan on this time to vacation here 🙂 Thanks for visiting St Kitts and Nevis Travel.

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  7. Kyle

    Wow, what a load of helpful information. St. Kitts is on our list of places to visit for sure. I will definitely use this as a source when we are ready to vacation there. We could plan out our entire trip just from your site! I look forward to reading your other posts to see if I have been to any of the places or want to explore!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Kyle and I am glad I could provide the information you are looking for. Please let me know when you are ready to start planning, as I would love to help you get the best deals. Thanks for visiting the St Kitts and Nevis Travel guide.

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  8. Veronica

    You always seem to give beautiful reviews, Leahrae!

    I appreciate the details you give by sharing the best time to visit, transportation, etc. Too many times, I let the airfare dictates when I travel, as opposed to what time – in terms of the month – would work best for me.

    All the places you showcase look exquisite, but the Romney Manor really spoke to me. I am an artist by nature, so to be able to watch artisans during the hand-printing process would be a treat.

    I never even heard of St. Kitts or Nevis before…You’re just the gal to help me see more of this beautiful world, Leahrae!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Veronica and I hope I can help you see the beautiful world!  I am so glad you enjoy coming back to my site.  Thank you for visiting the Bonaire Travel Guide, another beautiful island in the Caribbean 🙂

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  9. Sean

    Great review and fantastic site. We are in the midst of planning for our 2018 holiday and the Caribbean is top of our list. We’d looked at the usual places like Barbados and Jamaica, etc, but St Kitts was never on our radar for no apparent reason! However, this has really thrown a curve ball and I love the sound and look of this place. Thanks for sharing. A feel a visit in on the cards.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed reading about St Kitts and Nevis Travel.  They are really great Caribbean Islands that sometimes get over looked for sure.  Please let me know if you need any additional information for planning your trip to the Caribbean, where ever you choose.

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  10. Sean Greentree

    One more questions, I am wondering if it is possible to plan a trip to Barbados, and then catch a direct flight to St Kitts. Would this be feasible, not too expensive or hopefully a quick flight?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes Sean, this is totally possible. You are looking at about a 2 hour flight. Of course airfare can fluctuate, but I do know that you will be able to get a direct flight fairly reasonable. Of course the key is to plan in advance 🙂

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  11. John ツ

    Your tour guide is fabulous Leahrae, just going through the pages is like being on holiday already. There are places I even never knew existed. I am ashamed to say that for some of them I have to ask Google maps to show me where it is.

    Our planet is really a paradise (in some places of course).

    I wonder if you have had the privilege of visiting most of all of them?

    I am still traveling with you Leahrae and I hope that one day soon my wife and myself will find THE place we want to visit.

    Thanks for sharing.

    John ツ

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh, I have been to quite a few of the places, but there are also many that I have not. They of course, promptly went on my bucket list. I have friends who have traveled to many of them, and other resources I use. But, yes it does take us to paradise even if we are not actually there with our toes in the sand. I am glad you enjoyed reading St Kitts and Nevis Travel!

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  12. Melissa

    I love your reviews! The detail makes you desire to visit so badly. I love this island especially because of the temperatures. I live near Vegas and it can get almost 120 degrees F in the summers so these temperatures are nothing to me plus I love warm temperature water. Zip lining looks scary but I would love to try it and boy does that manor look gorgeous. Great post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Melissa and thanks for visiting St Kitts and Nevis Travel. Yes, I know too well. I lived close to Vegas as well, and hot is just hot. The temperature in these two awesome Caribbean islands is perfect, and you would love zip lining!

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  13. Dee

    I couldn’t wait to read this post. I was once a resident of St Kitts. I lived there for two years and it was heaven on earth! It’s so good to see so many familiar bars and restaurants are still operating. Was just looking for information on them, thinking about going back for a visit. Great information, and spot on!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad my information agrees with a St Kitts Islander 🙂 You should go back, you know how great it is 🙂 Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com

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  14. Rico Hanes

    Wow ! Now THIS is what I call a comprehensive review of a dream Vacation Spot ! My girlfriend and I have always wanted to visit the Caribbean and it looks like St. Kitts and Nevis is a MUST VISIT after reading your review – I am so glad I found your site and I will make sure to bookmark it for future reference as I see that you have so many vacation spots reviewed here. I was surprised to read on your site that I MUST have a 6 months passport passed my stay to go and also proof of proper funds. Why is that ? Income Tax Invasion ?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Rico 🙂 Yes, you must visit St Kitts and Nevis. More like a dream Caribbean vacation destination for sure. The 6 month rule really stems from the fact that a Visa is not required. Most Caribbean Islands follow this rule, and it is best to renew your passport up to 9 months before traveling to be safe. Thanks for visiting St Kitts and Nevis Travel.

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