Mellow, laid back with an understated glamour here you can opt for the more commercial and party-friendly island of St Kitts or nature and peace on the island Nevis. Both of course offer all the Caribbean cliches you’d expect such as beautiful beaches, bobbing yachts, swaying palm trees, and jaw-dropping sunsets.
Go ‘limin” (hanging out Caribbean style), explore the island’s rich history or kick back at one of the many incredible resorts. Here are the best and most beautiful places to visit in St.Kitts and Nevis…
1. Basseterre – the capital and one of the best places to visit in St. Kitts
Basseterre is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean and offers the perfect combination of European history and culture and island living at its best.
It is divided into two main areas: The Circus, an area specifically geared towards tourists, and Independence Square, which houses a magnificent cathedral, courthouse, and tons of exquisite older buildings.
Filled with eateries, pubs, craft markets, and monuments, Basseterre is also home to numerous old churches, museums, forts, and cemeteries, so it truly offers something for everyone, allowing you to spend hours there and never get bored.
2. Majors Bay – a stunning place to explore
Majors Bay is perfect if you love spending the day swimming or snorkeling. It’s located a few yards from the southeast peninsula highway and consists of beautiful golden sand and water that is not only crystal clear but the perfect temperature as well.
Because a little seclusion is one of its main attributes, you won’t find a lot of hotels and inns in the area.
However, it’s the perfect place to be whenever you want to get away from it all and enjoy a little rest and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of tourist life.
3. Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park – a popular tourist attraction in St Kitts
This beautiful old fort and park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and sits majestically in St. Kitts. It is one of the most well-preserved forts in the Americas and its size alone is enough to impress you. But the fact that it’s been around since the late 1600s shows the durability and commitment to excellence that the British military engineers who designed it had.
The fort is gorgeous and tours are available for only $USD 15 for people 10 and over. If you’re anywhere near this area, the park and fort are worth a visit.
4. Cockleshell Beach – one of the most beautiful beaches on the island
With lots of powdery white sand and calm, shallow waters, there is little wonder why this beach is one of St. Kitts’ most popular ones.
There are tons of bars, restaurants, and sports outfitters nearby to keep you occupied when you need a break from the heat, and the beach itself promises an excellent view of Nevis across the Narrows.
The only downside to visiting this beach is when the cruise ships are in port and everything suddenly gets very crowded, but you can avoid that inconvenience by visiting the beach early or late in the day when fewer people are there.
5. St.Kitts Scenic Railway – a must-do St.Kitts attraction
Originally built in 1912, this railway is nothing short of extraordinary and offers a brilliant, fun way to see everything that St. Kitts and Nevis have to offer.
Throughout the ride, you’ll experience tall steel bridges, canyons, small villages and farms, rainforests, and even sugar cane fields.
In other words, you’ll get to see one of the best places to visit in St. Kitts and Nevis, and you’ll do it all in the comfort of a passenger train that allows you to decide which areas you’d like to discover in greater detail once the ride is complete.
6. Mount Liamuiga – a gorgeous natural beauty spot
Mount Liamuiga is a volcano and mountain that people hike, but it is not designed for beginners. In fact, this is one of the most challenging hikes that you’ll ever go on and is made strictly for experienced hikers who are up to this type of challenge.
The terrain is indeed bumpy and at times steep, but along the way, you’ll enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery you’ve ever experienced.
If you love to hike and are up to the challenge, visiting Mount Liamuiga is one tourist attraction that you won’t want to miss.
7. South Friar’s Beach – one of the most beautiful places to visit in St Kitts
With deep blue waters and a beautiful sandy coastline, this beach is extremely popular for all the right reasons.
You can view gorgeous sea life, rent ski jets, enjoy the hilly background, and even consume your snacks and drinks at one of the many canopied tables lining the beach.
This is a great way to enjoy some downtime and take advantage of nice cool water, beautiful scenery, and lots of ways to relax and take it easy for a while. It can be the perfect ending to a fun-filled day or a great way to spend the entire day working on your tan.
8. Port Zante – a cosmopolitan port
This is a quaint, lovely little village lined with palm trees and filled with shopping, dining, and many other opportunities to fill the day. It offers beautiful scenery and great ways to stop and enjoy everything that makes St. Kitts unique.
Shop for souvenirs, stop and enjoy an ice cream cone, or get a specialized meal such as pasta, Greek food, or all types of Asian food, not to mention cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
There is so much to do here that you should reserve at least three hours to tour the town, but it is worth every minute that you’ll spend there.
9. Frigate Bay – two gorgeous bays located close together
The Frigate Bay area of St. Kitts offers tons of attractions and things to do, including a casino, a water park, chartered tours, and lots of places to eat and shop.
It’s a great day trip and a fun way to spend some time seeing a little bit of everything that makes St. Kitts special, and you can even experience extreme sports such as ATVs, 4×4 Jeeps, and dune buggies, to name a few.
In fact, whatever you enjoy doing while on vacation, you can likely find it in Frigate Bay.
10. Sand Bank Bay – an unusually calm Atlantic beach
One of the reasons why this beach is so popular is because of its seclusion. It is not your typical “commercial” beach that has lots of amenities, but this is what people tend to like about it the most.
You can relax on the shore and watch the waves break over the reef or watch the riptide and relax in a unique and different way.
The rustic nature of this beach means that you can easily find yourself completely alone there. Between the beauty of the bay and the relaxing splash waves to listen to, this is a great way to spend some of your downtime and enjoy one of the most beautiful places to visit in St. Kitts and Nevis.
11. Romney Manor – a great attraction to explore on St Kitts
Romney Manor is an old plantation estate that now houses the Caribelle Batik facility, and you can spend time watching colorful tie-dye clothing and accessories being made.
There is tons of plant life on the property as well as a few sculptures and lots of greenery for those who love and appreciate nature.
There are also colorful flowers on the estate grounds, and you can’t visit there without entering the gift shop so that you can buy some of those exquisite tie-dye items to take home with you.
The grounds themselves are worth the visit, but you’ll find a lot more to do than just appreciate the beauty of the facility.
12. Timothy Hill – a stunning viewpoint
If you enjoy hilly landscapes but still want to be near the beach, Timothy Hill is the place to be. It has the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, making this a very unique area of St. Kitts.
Most people visiting the area recommend taking the tour that lets you see the entire island, so if you have an hour or so to spare and you really want to make the most of it, it’s well worth a visit there.
Timothy Hill is yet another one of the attractions you won’t want to miss when you’re in this area of St. Kitts.
13. Pinney’s Beach, Nevis – one of the best beaches to explore on Nevis
Located in the Charlestown area of St. Kitts and Nevis, Pinney’s Beach looks like a picture on a postcard with its white sandy beach, coconut palm trees, and crystal-clear waters.
There is even a lagoon behind the bay, so you’ll have a lot of areas to cool down and enjoy a variety of water activities.
If you simply prefer to stay on the beach and work on your tan, you can do that as well. Sunsets are especially enjoyable here, so Pinney’s Beach should be included on your to-do list whenever you’re in the area.
14. Banana Bay – a scenic beauty spot
You’ll find Banana Bay at the southern part of the island, and though it is reportedly closed indefinitely, it was at one time the perfect way to enjoy white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters.
In fact, many travelers considered Banana Bay to be the absolute best beach in St. Kitts and Nevis.
There are lots of places to stay right on the beach and because the area is a little less commercial than other bodies of water in the area, a lot of people visited there for a little seclusion and privacy.
15. Oualie Beach, Nevis – a wonderful leisure beach
Since there are resorts nearby, this beach offers more than just the opportunity to swim and sunbathe.
You can go snorkeling, kayaking, and even take a yoga or meditation class if you like, as well as enjoying lots of dining and shopping opportunities.
Oualie Beach is quaint and unique, definitely not a “cookie-cutter” resort that makes you feel like a number.
Its beauty and the things you can do make this one beach you’ll come back to again in the future because you’ll enjoy everything that it has to offer.
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