Cruise to St. Kitts

Be amazed by the historic sites on St. Kitts.

Top 5 things to do in St. Kitts

  1. Hike through the rainforest to Mt. Liamuiga.
  2. Explore the ruins of an old Sugar Mill at the Wingfield Estate.
  3. Spend the day relaxing on Cockleshell Bay Beach.
  4. Go ziplining through the rainforest and try to spot the Green Vervet monkeys.
  5. Hop on the historic St. Kitts Scenic Railway for a 30-mile ride around the island.
Known for: BeachesVolcanoesHistoryGolfingHiking

The smart set who cruise to St. Kitts, the big half of St. Christopher and Nevis, are rewarded with a low-key and laidback look at the Caribbean.

We're talking views to write home about, or text about, or Tweet about, or snap, snap, snap until your memory card's full and your camera needs a coffee break. The volcanic island offers incredible panoramas and dynamic photo opportunities—head uphill to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park to take in the clear-day views of Nevis, Montserrat, Saba, St. Martin and St. Bart's.

Sightseeing's a breeze aboard the historic St. Kitts Scenic Railway, a 30-mile ride around the island via a narrow-gauge railway. The train returns to the capital Basseterre, a colonial mix of French, Spanish and English pasts. And when you return home, you'll want to tell everyone about St. Kitts—unless you decide to keep it a secret to yourself.

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St. Kitts Highlights


  • Popular and plenty of beach chairs to rent, Cockleshell Bay is an easy cab ride from the port.
  • Sink into a book or a little nook at the remote black-sand beach of Dieppe Bay.
  • The lively Frigate Beach is just two miles from the capital Basseterre where you can windsurf, swim, and even water-ski.
  • South Friar’s Bay is quiet where you can choose luxury at the Carambola Beach club or rustic at the Shipwreck Beach Bar.


  • Explore the Ruins of an Old Sugar Mill at the Wingfield Estate.
  • Watch demonstrations on ancient dyeing techniques at the Caribelle Batik workshop in Romney Manor.
  • Walk around and explore the history at the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Brimstone Hill Fortress.
  • Hop on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway that transported sugar cane to plantations in the 1920s.


  • Order salt fish and Johnny cakes at the street food stall (behind the post office) right in Port Zante.
  • Look for street-food vendors cooking barbecued meat over oil drums along Bay Road, on the seafront of Basseterre.
  • Sip on one of the locally brewed beers from Carib Brewery.
  • Order grilled lobster at the relaxed Reggae Beach Bar & Grill or the upscale Spice Mill, both at Cockleshell Bay.


  • Head to the shallow and calm waters of Cockshell Bay beach.
  • Older and more adventurous kids will love the ziplining at Wingfield Estates.
  • Ride on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, also known as the Sugar Cane Train.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the Green verve monkeys, they’re everywhere on the island.
  • Snorkel in the calm waters of Frigate Bay beach.


  • Escape the crowds and spend the day getting pampered at Carambola Beach Club.
  • Challenge each other and hike up Mount Liamuiga, the extinct volcano at the heart of St. Kitts.
  • Enjoy some alone time as you stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens at Romney Manor.


  • Check out the colorful locally-made artwork at the Gallery Café (five-minute walk from port).
  • Learn how Batik makers create the beautiful designs and why no two patterns are ever alike at the Caribe Batik.
  • Bring home a taste of St. Kitts with the fiery Mrs. Greaux or Brimstone pepper sauce made with Scotch bonnet peppers.


  • Mt. Liamuiga’s 3,792 foot peak that soars into the clouds.
  • The black sand beach of Dieppe Bay located on the Atlantic side of the island.
  • Fabulous views of neighboring islands, Montserrat, St. Martin and St. Bart's from the lookout at Brimstone Hill Fortress.

Solo Exploration

  • Break bread with others on a local food tour with A Taste of St. Kitts.
  • Go on a half-day snorkeling and catamaran adventure with Blue Water Safaris.
  • Spend the day poolside soaking in the sun with views of Mount Liamuiga in the distance at Palm Court Gardens.

Shore Excursions

  • Go on a catamaran and snorkeling trip to see the coastline and the creatures swimming in the sea.
  • Sample the local cuisine on a food tour with A Taste of St Kitts.
  • Hike through the rainforest to the mile-wide crater of Mount Liamuiga with O’Neil’s Rainforest Tours.
  • Head over to Nevis, where you’ll find quiet beaches, zero traffic and quaint inns and bungalows dotting the landscape.