St. Kitts

The native Caribbean inhabitants referred to St. Kitts as Liamuiga, or “fertile island,” a name now reserved for the island’s central peak—a 3,792-foot-high dormant volcano where varying shades of green spring from the rich volcanic soil. Former sugarcane fields sit beneath an ever-expanding rainforest, where chattering monkeys and scurrying mongoose roam free. Turquoise waters frame the immaculate beaches, with sands in shades of sugar white to deep black. A tour of basseterre doesn’t take very long, leaving plenty of time to explore the rest of the island. For a taste of nightlife while the sun is still shining, head south along the coast to The Strip on South Frigate Bay. St. Kitts’ premier hot spot is home to the island’s best beaches, lined with luxury resorts and lively bars with open-air dance floors. While The Strip is famed for its nightlife, most places open at ten in the morning and offer a unique brand of island excitement throughout the day.

St. Kitts

Getting Ashore

Ships dock at Port Zante, a 27-acre, fully loaded terminal in Basseterre Bay. It’s blocks from downtown Basseterre, the capital of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Fast Fact

St. Kitts and Nevis make up the smallest independent nation in the Western Hemisphere.

Port Shopping

Port Zante has over 60 shops offering deals on watches, jewelry, diamonds, and gemstones.

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Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the British military structure is one of the best preserved fortifications in the Americas.

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Romney Manor

The historic estate and gardens provide an incredible setting to learn about the batik art form at the Caribelle Batik factory.

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Mount Liamuiga

The 3,792-foot dormant volcano offers superb hiking. The trek up can be a bit strenuous, but the views from the top are well worth the effort.

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The Strip

The popular beach on South Frigate Bay is lined with restaurants, bars, and hotels. The party begins at 10 a.m. and runs quite late.

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The St. Kitts Scenic Railway, originally built to transport sugarcane, takes you around the entire island for captivating views of historical sites and lush vegetation. After, you’ll sail aboard a luxury catamaran.

Head to the historic Wingfield Estate for a thrilling, five-line zip-line course. Trek up the Valley of the Giants to the start. Soar high above the treetops before touching down at the landing points. View Brimstone Hill National Fortress, Mount Liamuiga, and the Caribbean along the way.


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Where
Port Zante, the state-of-the-art cruise terminal.

What
Designer jewelry, watches, electronics, and liquor at duty-free prices.

Currency
Officially the Eastern Caribbean dollar, but most places accept US dollars.


Brands in St. Kitts

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani

Bomberg

Bomberg

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Gold Mine

Breitling

Breitling

Bulgari

Bulgari

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Diamonds International

Bulova

Bulova

Cartier

Cartier

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Diamonds International

Citizen

Citizen

Color Diamonds by Effy

Color Diamonds by Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Crown of Light

Crown of Light

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

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Milano Diamond Gallery

DiVersa By Effy

DiVersa By Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Effy Hematian New York

Effy Hematian New York

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Effy Jewelry

Fendi Timepieces

Fendi Timepieces

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Gold Mine

Forevermark

Forevermark

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Diamonds International

Gift Collection

Gift Collection

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Diamonds International

Hearts On Fire

Hearts On Fire

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Gold Mine

Hublot

Hublot

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Kay’s Fine Jewelry

John Hardy

John Hardy

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Diamonds International

Kabana

Kabana

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Diamonds International

Korite Ammolite

Korite Ammolite

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Diamonds International

Le Vian

Le Vian

MarahLago Larimar

MarahLago Larimar

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Mark Henry Alexandrite

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Gold Mine

Movado

Movado

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Diamonds International

Philip Stein

Philip Stein

Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil

Renaissance

Renaissance

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Roberto Coin

Roberto Coin

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Diamonds International

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Shinola

Shinola

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer

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Diamonds International

TrueLove Diamonds

TrueLove Diamonds

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Gold Mine

Zenith

Zenith

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Diamonds International

Did You Know?

Green vervet monkeys arrived on St. Kitts with the French 300 years ago. Today, they outnumber the local population.