Introducing St Kitts
Escape the well-beaten tourist trail for a relaxing honeymoon or romantic getaway on St Kitts, an appealing island famous for its rich maritime history, lush and unspoiled natural scenery, pristine beaches and friendly, old-fashioned West Indian charm.
Add a choice of luxurious restored plantation inns and fine dining restaurants and St Kitts becomes the perfect island for a Caribbean honeymoon.
St Kitts is famous as the first English settlement in the West Indies – founded in 1624. The French followed a year later, dividing the island between the two powers. Both nations then used the island as a base to settle neighbouring islands.
Following the expulsion of the French in 1727, St Kitts and Nevis became a British overseas territory, remaining so until independence in 1983, when the islands formed a two-island nation – the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
During the 18th century, St Kitts became one of the richest sugar-cane economies of the plantation era.
What to do and see in St Kitts
To discover the best of St Kitts’ verdant landscape, take a 3.5-hour circular tour of the island in the air-conditioned railcars of the St Kitts Scenic Railway, a narrow-gauge train that follows the old sugar-cane rail tracks and provides panoramic vistas of lush forest-clad mountains and views over the Caribbean Sea.
The spacious open-air observation deck of the upper level offers the best views during the 58km-long trip that travels from Sandy Point to Basseterre, travelling east. A bar on the train provides cold drinks.
Hire a car and explore the scenic Dr Kennedy Simmonds Highway, a 10km-long road that winds along the beautiful south-east peninsula and provides access to several of the island’s best beaches.
Or follow winding trails through lush rainforest and long deep ravines to the 788m-high caldera of Mount Liamuiga (or Mount Misery), St Kitts’ highest point at 1156m above sea level. Be rewarded with fabulous panoramas overlooking the entire island and several neighbouring Caribbean islands.
The 5-hour round trip hike also offers the opportunity to descend 120m into the crater floor, home to various flora and a tiny lake.
In the capital, Basseterre, stroll the colonial-era streets lined with French and English colonial-era architecture buildings that flow outwards from The Circus and tree-fringed Independence Square, site of the former slave market.
Visit the colourful public market then picnic in the grounds of Brimstone Hill Fortress, savouring views across to the islands of Nevis, Montserrat, Saba, Statia, St Martin and St Barts – one of the best vistas in the Caribbean.
St Kitts accommodation
For honeymoon couples, St Kitts offers a range of charmingly restored plantation-era inns, including the stylish Ottley’s Plantation Inn, a large and graceful 17th century plantation house set in landscaped grounds just 10km north of the airport.
Or try the elegant Golden Lemon Inn and Villas, which nestles within a palm grove overlooking a black volcanic-sand beach on the northwest coast.
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Best time to honeymoon in St Kitts
The best time to honeymoon in St Kitts is during the dry season from December to June. The climate is hot and tropical throughout the year, with an average temperature of 27°C. The wet season lasts from May to October, with the hurricane season lasting from August to October.
For more climate info: St Kitts Weather Guide
St Kitts (176km²) lies in the northern part of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean (known as the West Indies), around 80km west of Antigua and 350km southeast of Puerto Rico.
By air, St Kitts receives non-stop flights from Atlanta, Miami and New York, as well as daily connecting flights via Antigua, St Thomas, St Maarten and Puerto Rico. Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport is located about 2km from Basseterre.
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By sea, St Kitts is a short water taxi ride from Nevis, which lies across a 3.2km-wide channel. Cruise lines often dock at Basseterre.