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
Pinney’s Beach (Nevis)
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.
Brimstone Hill Fortress (St Kitts)
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.
Botanical Gardens of Nevis
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.
Romney Manor (St Kitts)
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.
Oualie Beach (Nevis)
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.
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.
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.