How to Decide What You Want for your Vacation on St. Kitts

Make informed decisions in order to maximize your trip to St. Kitts and Nevis

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With so much natural beauty and fascinating culture to be found on both St Kitts and Nevis, some vacationers may be a little confused about which places they should visit. There are several differences between the two islands that may influence where you want to spend the majority of your time.


Where to Go

Both St. Kitts and Nevis are usually serene and uncrowded vacation spots, but Nevis is the quieter of the two islands. In recent years, St. Kitts has become more of a resort haven than Nevis, which is no surprise, considering its rich history and culture. Most visitors are drawn to St. Kitts for its unspoiled white "sugar" sand beaches, which have remained only moderately populated until recently.

Most vacationers visit the small volcanic island of Nevis to experience the art of limin, or doing nothing. The island's golden beaches and lush palm trees make it a calm and relaxing place to spend some time soaking up the sun. There are no non-stop flights to Nevis, which makes it a little harder to access by plane than St. Kitts. Ferries travel between the two islands, so you can spend a meditative and relaxing day on Nevis and return to St. Kitts for shopping and a more exciting night life.




Most travelers find it easier to arrive on St. Kitts by plane, though some visit the island by cruise ship. There are direct flights from some cities in the United States, but more than likely you will have to catch a connecting flight from Antigua, St. Maarten, or Puerto Rico. To reach Nevis by plane, you will also have to change planes on either St. Kitts, which also has daily shuttle flights between the two islands, or San Juan. There are also small hopper flights from Antigua, Barbados, and St. Martin.

Cruise ships often dock on St. Kitts and Nevis as a part of their tour of the Caribbean Islands. These ships will dock at Bassettere on St. Kitts and at the port in Charlestown on Nevis. The interisland ferries that run between St. Kitts and Nevis make at least three trips per day.


What to Do

St. Kitts and Nevis are sleepy little islands and appeal to those looking for a quiet and relaxing vacation spot. The islands' culture and background will spark the interests of history buffs and those who want to explore the islands' ruins and fortresses. The accommodations on the islands range from expensive and sophisticated (ideal for romantic getaways), to more moderate prices, which provide ideal lodgings for families with children.

Peaceful, relaxing beaches and intriguing history and culture make St. Kitts and Nevis a wonderful tropical destination for those seeking a relaxing getaway.


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