Saint Kitts and Nevis may be the smallest island country in the Caribbean, but it doesn’t mean that you will be disappointed by the places you can visit and things to do here.  

This island paradise has a lot to offer to tourists, locals, and those that just recently obtained their St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship. Visiting or staying in this country is guaranteed to be an experience you will never forget.

As a first-time tourist, new citizen or even long-time resident of St. Kitts and Nevis, make sure you tick off these nine must-visit places in this beautiful island country:

  1. Basseterre

Basseterre is the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis; as such, you’ll find yourself visiting this area more than once during your stay in the country.

As the main commercial and industrial hub of St. Kitts, you will find plenty of simple, island-style boutiques, stores and markets here where you can shop to your heart’s content. Basseterre is also home to a number of bona fide Caribbean restaurants and cafes.

The city is steeped in history since many of the country’s oldest buildings and landmarks can be found here. These include:

  • Basseterre Cathedral of Immaculate Conception
  • St. George’s Anglican Church
  • The Berkeley Memorial or The Circus (named after the Piccadilly Circus in London)
  • Independence Square
  • Queen Victoria Statue Roundabout
  • Fort Thomas
  • The Cenotaph

  1. St. Kitts National Museum

While you’re in Basseterre, visit the St. Kitts National Museum located in the Old Treasury Building. It is one of the largest public buildings in the city.

The building was constructed in 1894. It replaced a wooden structure shaped like an archway known as the “The Gateway to the Island” which people arriving at and leaving the island would pass through.

The museum now houses numerous artifacts showcasing the island’s rich culture and heritage from the past to the present.

If you have always wanted to learn more about the history and culture of St. Kitts and Nevis, make sure you visit this museum.

  1. The Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

One of the country’s most popular tourist spots, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park stands as a symbol of St. Kitts and Nevis’ colonial era military engineering and power.

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you visit the fortress, you can walk to the top and take in the amazing views of the surrounding mountains, Nevis, and the neighboring Caribbean islands including St. Barts, St. Eustatius, Saba, and St. Martin.

The courtyard also has fascinating points of interest such as the old officer quarters and huge cannons. You can also walk along the great palisades and watch exciting reenactment battles.

  1. Cockleshell Bay

If you can’t wait to dip into the cool and beautiful waters of the Caribbean, head to Cockleshell Bay – St. Kitts’ most popular beach.

The mile-long curved bay boasts of fine grained sand and clear blue water. During weekends, both visitors and locals flock to this beach so it can get pretty crowded.

The beach is also lined with numerous restaurants and bars including Spice Mill where you can try local Kittitian cuisine. If you’re ready to experience authentic island living in St. Kitts, you won’t go wrong with a visit to Cockleshell Bay.

The bay is also home to St. Kitts newest 5-star resort, the Park Hyatt, the top choice on the island for luxury stays.

  1. Wingfield-Phillips Rainforest Nature Trail

To experience St. Kitts and Nevis’ wild backcountry, go hiking at the Wingfield-Phillips Rainforest Nature Trail.

The trail passes through infinite orchards of old and exotic fruit trees and ancient valleys of rock formations carved by volcanic eruptions. It also flits between the cliff tops of the rocky yet scenic Windward coast.

While hiking, you will also get the chance to see large and spiny sandbox trees, vervet monkeys, mangroves, and other interesting flora and fauna.

  1. Museum of Nevis History

Next, head to Nevis – the country’s other island which is a an undisputed gem in the Eastern Caribbean..

Start by visiting the Museum of Nevis History which can be found on the first floor of the two-story Georgian-style building where Alexander Hamilton was born. The museum boasts an exhibit titled “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America,” giving details of Hamilton’s humble beginnings in Nevis and his success in the U.S.

The museum also gives visitors a historical timeline of Nevis compared to the rest of the world. In addition, it houses exhibits showcasing sugar production and old plantations in the country. Lastly, the museum has a fascinating display showing the influences of Africa on the people and culture of Nevis.

  1. Botanical Gardens of Nevis

The Botanical Gardens of Nevis is a place you certainly should visit if you want to see hundreds of colorful tropical plants, flowers, and palm trees from around the world.

The Gardens are home to different smaller gardens including the Herb Garden, Orchid Garden, Palm Garden, Tropical Fruit Garden, and Aromatherapy Garden. You will also find several amazing water features here such as ponds, pools, and dolphin fountains.

The Botanical Gardens of Nevis are also home to about 14 magnificent Asian sculptures and the Rainforest Conservatory which houses three chatty green Amazonian parrots.

  1. Pinney’s Beach

Nevis’ most famous beach is Pinney’s Beach, which runs for about three miles. The beach boasts powdery white sand and clear turquoise waters. You can take a dip here or just relax on a sun lounger.

Pinney’s Beach also has several beach bars where you can enjoy a wide variety of refreshing beverages. You won’t be disappointed with the dishes and snacks these bars offer.

Pinney’s Beach is also the location of the first ever Four Seasons Resort which remains one of the top resorts in the Caribbean, and one of the most successful of the Four Seasons chain with its picturesque Robert Trent Jones II championship golf course..

  1. Frigate Bay

Frigate Bay is home to the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club offering a challenging championship course along both the Caribbean and Atlantic sides of this thin stretch of the island.

Frigate Bay is also home to many of the best bars and restaurants in St. Kitts and is the gateway to the pretty South East Peninsula which takes you all the way to Cockleshell Bay.

Watch out for the monkeys on the road!

When you create your bucket list for St. Kitts and Nevis, make sure to include and keep the nine places mentioned here at the top of your list.

AUTHOR BIO

Kaline Kennard is the co-founder of Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced advisor who works directly with many professional partners and clients worldwide.