Island Hot Spots

June 12, 2014 No Comments

A tour of Basseterre doesn’t take very long, so you’ll have 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, which are lined with luxury resorts and lively bars with open-air dance floors. While The Strip is famed for its nightlife, most places open at 10:00 am and offer a unique brand of island excitement throughout the day.

Golf enthusiasts can tee off at Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, a recently redesigned 18-hole, par-71 championship gold course that is strategically situated on a 125-acre strip of picture-perfect land between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

While the views from the greens are nothing short of spectacular, the panoramas at the Brimstone Hill Fortress within the National Park of the same name rival the Caribbean’s best.

Set on a 790-foot-high hill, the coastal complex affords visitors a glimpse of six neighboring islands: Nevis, Montserrat, Saba, Statia, St. Maarten, and St. Barths. Construction of the remarkably well-preserved structure began in 1690 and took more than 100 years to complete. The prominent Citadel is one of the world’s only surviving examples of a polygonal fortification style—a fact that helped earn Brimstone its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the only man-made site in the Eastern Caribbean bestowed with this honor.

For the athletically inclined, St. Kitts offers one of the most challenging excursions in the region: a hike up Mount Liamuiga, the 3,792-foot-high dormant volcano. The climb winds past towering trees, colorful wildflowers, and swinging vines. The trek is quite steep in parts and requires traversing uneven tree roots and ledges. The reward at the end of the strenuous journey is a chance to peer over the volcano’s rim and photograph the base of the crater some 700 feet below. The views of the surrounding islands are an added bonus.

For those who would rather spend the day in the water, St. Kitts has plenty of options. The Nature Kayaking excursion combines gliding over the water with sightseeing under it during a snorkeling experience. View the many wonders of St. Kitts’ aquatic world, including stunning coral formations, multihued schools of exotic fish, and occasional rays; then jump on an ocean kayak and paddle along the rugged and unspoiled coastline past secluded coves, cliffs, and caves.

If you’d prefer to simply relax on the golden sand, the island’s best beaches are found along the Southern Peninsula, where eager vervet monkeys sometimes venture down from the hillside to delight sun worshippers with their antics. Elsewhere on the island, the beach sands range from gray to volcanic black.

Sit down to a leisurely meal of stewed saltfish, spicy plantains, coconut dumplings, seasoned breadfruit, and more.

Revel in the beauty of Romney Manor, a 12-acre botanical paradise set amid meticulously maintained tropical blooms, exotic palms, flowering shrubs, and delicate orchids.

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