St Kitts & Nevis

An oasis of natural beauty and laid back charm

The tiny two-island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis lies in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. Whilst the beaches are not as spectacular as  other Caribbean islands, these two islands are full of local charm, culture and lush scenery.  Highlights include:

  • Basseterre,  the capital, with its old-world charm and buzzing, labyrinthine streets
  • the last scenic railway in the West Indies, built a hundred years ago, with an open-sided upper deck for fabulous views
  • some great walking – see below
  • climb up to UNESCO world heritage site Brimstone Fortress which sits atop a rocky outcrop on the western side of Saint Kitts
  • relax on a sandy beach, from a deserted cove to a beach lined with little cafes and bars
  • visit the monuments on the Nevis Heritage trail and learn about the island’s sugar cane history 

Walking on St Kitts & Nevis

There is good walking on both islands on trails of differing levels through valleys and ravines spotting unusual rick formations and waterfalls.  On St Kitts, a 3-4 hour hike to the crater rim of  Mount Liamuiga makes for a great hike. En route you might see hummingbirds and ferret monkeys.  From the top you will have spectacular view of neighbouring islands.  On Nevis, a walk up Nevis Peak at over 3200 feet takes you to the highest point on the island.  

  • Flying time: 10 hours 15 mins touching down in Antigua
  • Time difference: -5 hours
  • Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
  • Best time of year to travel: December to April

Ideas for a trip to St Kitts & Nevis

Here are some ideas for trips to St Kitts & Nevisall of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Nisbet Plantation & Beach Club

Nisbet is the Caribbean’s only historic Plantation Hotel located directly on a beach. Secluded, peaceful and tranquil, it is the quintessential island hideaway. Rooms and suites are located in cottages spread across 30 lush tropical acres and in ocean side suites just a few steps from one of the most beautiful beaches on Nevis. There is a tennis court, a croquet lawn, a fitness centre and complimentary snorkelling equipment for those who like to keep active.

Bellemont Farm, St Kitts

Belle Mont Farm is a luxurious colonial-style hotel set high in the volcanic hills on the island of St Kitts surrounded by 400 acres of organic farmland and tropical forest. Itl is renowned for its stunning Caribbean Sea views, Bill Bensley-designed bedrooms and delicious farm-to-fork cuisine. Accommodation includes luxury cottages, luxury villas and a large private farmhouse. Food and drink are at the very heart of any stay at Belle Mont Farm. The chefs are some of the first in the Caribbean to embrace the growing farm-to-fork movement.

Hermitage Plantation Inn

Built on Nevis around the oldest wooden house in the Caribbean stay here is like staying in your own country home. Unique Gingerbread Cottages, charming hotel rooms and private villas are spread out over five acres of lush tropical gardens. There is a swimming pool, sun terrace and tennis court in a garden of fruit trees and palms at the base of a rainforest covered mountain.

Frequently Asked Questions

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British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit St Kitts and Nevis. For latest information visit the FCDO pages

Ensure your usual vaccinations are up to date and consider Hepatitis B and Tetanus.  For more information visit the NHS Fit for Travel pages.  

It is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing.

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