The Caribbean island of St. Kitts is pretty much the stuff of Island dreams—located next to its smaller sister island of Nevis as part of the West Indies, the island boasts amazing green mountains and beaches of white, gray, and black sands. The first Caribbean British colony, the British roots are felt throughout the island—from its native language (English) to the center of its capital Basseterre, called “The Circus,” modeled after London’s Piccadilly Circus. But the island has a culture all its own—and you will definitely want to dive in. Here, where to stay, eat, and drink (or should we say, go limin’) in St. Kitts.
Park Hyatt St Kitts
St Kitts is home to many resorts, so picking one pretty much comes down to amenities (and price, obviously). Park Hyatt St Kitts delivers sheer bliss with all beach-front rooms, private plunge pools in suites, and a bathtub that will make you weep with joy. With on-premise bars, dining, kids activities, two pools, and a spa, plus swim activities, you don’t even have to leave if you don’t want to. But with so much to eat and do, you’ll want to. (Then head back to the beach to relax.)
The Stone Barn
There are a ton of amazing restaurants on the island (more on that in a bit), but whether you’re staying at the Park Hyatt St Kitts or not, The Stone Barn should be your go-to for that one *very nice* night out. Served in a stone barn, AKA what used to protect crops from the wet season, this adult-only restaurant serves food from the hearth and has a warm, inviting atmosphere that will warrant a glass of wine—or three.
Truly a must when visiting the island, this beach bar features amazing water views (perfect to watch the sunset), great cocktails (go with their signatures, which they do best), and hammocks and daybeds on the dock, perfect to go limin’ (the local way of saying hang out and, well, drink). Go there.
St Kitts Scenic Railway
Carve out some time and join in on the St Kitts Scenic Railway, a 3-hour tour (mostly by train, but partly by bus) which navigates the outside of the island. Built between 1912 and 1926 to transport sugar cane from the island’s sugar plantations to the sugar factory in the capital city of Basseterre, today it’s the “Last Railway in the West Indies” and a great attraction for all those visiting.
Get out and go exploring! Both St Kitts and Nevis provide amazing hiking, ziplining, and other outdoor activities, and also on the docket? ATVing. Head out on an ATV tour and get a look at the Wingfield Estate, which was once owned by the grandfather of former US President, Thomas Jefferson. You’ll then head through sugar cane paths and to the Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor, where you’ll be able to see amazing lush gardens and textiles.
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this fortress is one of the most preserved in the Americas, and was designed by British military engineers and built by African slaves. The site also includes a museum and amazing views.