The tiny Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis offers travelers a pair of islands loaded with vacation attractions. The larger island is St. Kitts, which encompasses 68 square miles, while Nevis boasts just 36 square miles. The highest point is Mount Liamguia, reaching up to almost 3,800 feet in height. This exclusive Caribbean destination offers everything from historical sites of interest to sandy beach-front retreats.
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Located near the ferry dock in Basseterre, (near the center of the map) the Circus and the Berkley Memorial Clock offer a distinctive glance at St. Kitts' British colonial influences. A tour of these landmarks will provide visitors with a peak into the past. While checking out the city of Basseterre, consider heading to Romney Manor, which is a majestic property home to an enormous saman tree that reaches 24 feet in diameter.
Approximately 10 miles across from Basseterre, on the Atlantic side of St. Kitts, guests will find the Sand Bank Bay. This secluded beach area provides shallow coves, an intimate setting and an ideal destination for families. Also on the Atlantic side, sitting just outside the town of Sadlers, the geological attraction of Black Rocks features a series of lava deposits that have been artfully manipulated by centuries of crashing waves.
Many other attractions are located throughout the island of St. Kitts to provide tourists will enticing ways to enjoy their vacation. At the Brimestone Hill Fortress and National Park on the northwestern end of the island, visitors will be exposed to a combination of historical, cultural and architectural wonder. If you're interested in exploring the outdoors, pay a visit to Mount Liamuiga. The tallest point on St. Kitts, this dormant volcano offers superb hiking and breathtaking views. On the western coast of the island, guests can check out the Carib Petroglyphs at Bloody Point. An adventurous trek into an ancient canyon exposes a collection of phenomenal rock drawings left behind by Carib natives.
There is also plenty to do and see on the tranquil island of Nevis. The city of Charlestown is home to a variety of attractions, including the Nevis Courthouse and Public Library and the Museum of Nevis History. Also in town, patrons can tour the Cotton Ginnery Complex, which has been renovated into a shopping district filled with artwork and great souvenirs. Towards the south, Nevis features excellent natural sites like the Botanical Gardens of Nevis, which is home to a huge collection of themed garden areas and a greenhouse.
The area in and around Basseterre offers a variety of lodging and food and beverage options, as well as close proximity to the airport. The neighboring area of Frigate Bay is home to numerous resorts, and offers superb beach-front access.
Numerous other accommodations are scattered along the coastal areas of St. Kitts and Nevis. Travelers will be able to find charming inns and spas near Ottley's on the eastern coast, as well as lodging around the vicinities of St. Paul's and Dieppe Bay on the northern tip of the island map. While guests may find a small amount of action in the interior, the bulk of St. Kitt's tourism industry is based along the coastline.
Not to be overlooked, the smaller island of Nevis offers a variety of accommodations and tourist attractions. The northern region around Newcastle provides guests with a variety of resorts and hotels, as well as great water-sport opportunities. The nearby shores of Lovers Beach and Qualie Beach boast excellent snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and sunbathing. The southern area of the island, spanning between Charlestown and Gingerland, presents travelers with a wide range of lodging options and attractions. The city of Charlestown offers plentiful tourist facilities, including attractions like the ruins of Fort Charles and sailing off Hurricane Cove. The interior sections of Nevis are home to additional hotels, as well as natural attractions like botanical gardens and hiking trails.
If you're flying into St. Kitts, you only find one option for air travel on the map – the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB). Located just to the northeast of Basseterre, this airport serves flights coming in from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and multiple destinations throughout the Caribbean. Those arriving on the island of Nevis will land at the Vance W. Amory International Airport (NEV), near Newcastle on the map.
Those traveling to St. Kitts via cruise ship will likely dock at Port Zante in Basseterre. Passengers will enjoy the short walk to the city center. Alternatively, the Birdrock Deepwater Port offers another place for ships to unload passengers. Located at the very eastern point of Basseterre Bay, this port is also equipped with a marina to house yachts and other sea craft.
Ferries frequently travel between the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis. The primary ferry service is the Caribe Queen, which runs between St. Kitts and the capital of Nevis at Charlestown. Additional ferry operations that can transport you to Nevis include the Caribe Breeze, Sea Hustler and Geronimo.
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