Best Things To Do in St. Kitts & Nevis
Trying to figure out a way to distinguish your St. Kitts and Nevis trip from other Caribbean spots? We have two words for you: black sand. For some of the most distinctive, check out the shore along Pump Bay or Belle Tete on St. Kitts. Of the two islands, St. Kitts is also where you'll find the most activities away from the shore (including tours of the historic Brimstone Fortress and several golf courses). Quiet Nevis is better known for its beaches, including the famous Pinney's and clear water snorkeling at Oualie.
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This "Gibraltar of the West Indies" should be included on one day's itinerary for its photo ops. If you climb to its top slopes on a clear day, you can see up to six other islands in the distance. Or you could tour the fort's interior, stroll the grounds and snap images of nearby towns in the distance or the vibrant hues of the Caribbean Sea. If history is more your forte than photography, then you should note that Brimstone Hill Fortress is one of the best-preserved forts of the Americas. It was designated a national park in 1985 and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.
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Try correctly pronouncing the name of this beach ("wah-lee") before you start enjoying the free-flowing margaritas from the on-site beach bar. And you'll want to eat and drink on this beach – Oualie's chairs and hammocks are free to use as long as you do. You can also enjoy some spectacular snorkeling in the clear waters and there are rental kiosks for other water sports as well. Scuba Safaris and Windsurf 'N' Mountainbike Nevis are just two of the companies represented on Oualie's shore.
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On Nevis' west edge, north of Charlestown, lies one of the most talked about beaches of the two islands. The smooth saffron-colored sands of Pinney's often grace the glossy pages of travel publications, and to most travelers, the beach lives up to its hype. There are several beach snack shacks nearby and ample parking as well.
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One of the more popular beaches in St. Kitts, Cockleshell Bay is on the island's southern tip facing Nevis, which means it offers great views of its sister island. The beach's stark white sands contrast with the calm jewel-toned waves that lap up against travelers' feet. Cockleshell Bay stretches across 2 miles and is also home to a few hip beach bars (including a highly praised reggae joint) and seafood eateries. Visitors warn that the sands can get crowded when cruise ships are in port and suggest heading here early to stake out some prime beach real estate. Many also warned beachgoers to keep an eye out for the vendors with monkeys trying to entice you to hold them and take a photo (for which they expect to be paid).
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Are you looking for a beautiful beach with a lively atmosphere? Frigate Bay is the beach for you. Frigate hums with activity day and night, since it's located so close to the islands' best nightlife and shopping, not to mention some of the best hotels.
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The par-71 Royal St. Kitts Golf Club has 10 water hazards, 80 bunkers and stretches across 125-irrigated acres overlooking the sea. The views are incredible and the holes are challenging, according to recent golfers. Travelers add that the course is kept in great shape and that the staff members are friendly and helpful.
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This railway was originally built in the early 1900s to transport sugar cane from the fields to the capital of Basseterre. Today, the train winds through miles of St. Kitts mountains and takes tourists on a scenic (and informative) journey. The railway cars are double-decker style, with an open-air top deck offering 360-degree views and ample photo opportunities. Along the way, you'll learn about the old sugar cane estates, see small villages and farms, and enjoy impressive panoramas of the sea, cliffs and verdant vegetation. (Keep in mind, of the 30-mile trip about 12 miles are covered via bus rather than train.) Plus, complimentary drinks like rum punch, daiquiris, soda and water are served throughout the three-hour tour.
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