|Frigate Bay||C$ 480|
|Oualie Beach||C$ 798|
|Conaree Village||C$ 480|
|Dieppe Bay Town||C$ 480|
St. Kitts, along with sister island Nevis, make up the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. In common with many islands in the Caribbean, sugar was the number one industry but tourism has come into its own in recent years. Nevis may have a more established tourist sector with St. Kitts playing catch-up, but it’s making up ground gracefully, with well planned, small-scale developments that are not marring the beauty of this lush, tropical island.
St. Kitts is a small island – it takes just 40 minutes to drive around it – but there is plenty to see and do. There are tours through the tropical forests and lava formations, while bobbing along on a boat tour through the Caribbean Sea is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. St. Kitts is gaining a reputation as a dive destination too. Divers are starting to take cheap flights to St. Kitts in greater and greater numbers to explore the reefs and shipwrecks off its shores.
Basseterre is the capital, with a cool, quaint vibe and beautiful Colonial architecture. It’s also where you can catch the ferry to Nevis, a 45-minute journey. South Frigate Bay, southeast of Basseterre, is where Kittitians go to kick back or lime on the weekend.
For vacationers keen to forget about work for a while, St. Kitts beaches are the place to relax. The south of the island has the best beaches – Cockleshell Bay has soft, soft white sand and killer views of Nevis. On the north of the island, the beaches are volcanic with black and gray sand and usually bigger surf. Belle Tete in Sandy Point and Dieppe Bay beach are the best of these and at Dieppe Bay you can also see where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean.
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Sea breezes help the tropical climate of St Kitts and Nevis stay cool and comfortable. Temperatures hover around 26 C all year and there are no distinct seasons. It rains throughout the year, but hurricane season lasts from July to November.
December, January and February are the busiest months, when most visitors arrive on cheap flights to St. Kitts. In addition, Carnival starts on Christmas Eve and ends in early January.
June through August is low season. The Hurricane Season starts on June 21, so vacationing during these times carries a risk.
Renting a car or scooter allows maximum independence while on St. Kitts. Drivers will need to get a local driver’s licence from the traffic department in Basseterre or facilitated through the rental agency. If you’re spending some of your vacation on Nevis, you can obtain the license at the police departments in Nevis, such as Charlestown, Newcastle, Cotton Ground or Gingerland. Some car-rental agencies allow car-exchange services if you’re flitting between both islands. Remember to drive on the left. Scooter and moped rental is more reasonably priced. You’ll still need that temporary driving permit however…
Bus transportation includes privately owned minibuses. They offer cheap, if sometimes unreliable, journeys around St. Kitts. Services are plentiful in the capitals of St. Kitts and Nevis, but more limited around hotels and in the more remote parts of the islands.
Ferries between Basseterre and Charlestown take about 45 minutes and are cheap. There are several ferry companies operating between Nevis and St Kitts. The 45-minute crossing is pleasant, comfortable, and provides beautiful views of both islands. There is also a Car Ferry Service which takes approximately 25 minutes, operating from the South East Peninsula St. Kitts to Cade Bay Nevis.
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