Introduction To St. Kitts
In the centre of the island stands a dormant volcano covered with vegetation which dominates the landscape. St. Kitts has an unspoilt atmosphere, and provides a relaxing get away.
Beautiful beaches, tropical forest areas perfect for nature trails are among the attractions. Basseterre, the capital boasts many beautifully preserved colonial structures. Historic sites have been well preserved and worth a visit.
History of St. Kitts
Originally occupied by the Arawaks and Caribs it was discovered by Christopher Columbus, and it was originally named St. Christopher.In 1623 the British colonised the island with the arrival of Thomas Warner.
It became a source of conflict between the French and British until 1783 when it was permanently returned to the British.St. Kitts is rich in history. The fortress at Brimstone Hill was regarded as the Rock of Gibraltar for the islands and remains as a reminder of the struggles of the past between the foreign powers. St.Kitts (along with Nevis) because of its exceptional wealth, derived from sugar, and strategic position made it a key figure in the struggles between the European powers at that time.
St.Kitts became independent in September 1983 and is in a federation with Nevis, it remains a part of the Commonwealth.
St. Kitts Natural Attractions
St Kitts has an extinct volcano which dominates its landscape, rising 3,792 feet in the air – Mount Liamuiga. Basseterre the island’s capital retains much of its old world charm with elegant buildings-remnants of its British heritage and French colonial interest.
St.Kitts because of its unspoilt nature is a perfect eco-tourism destination. Because of the importance of sugar to the island’s prosperity in the past the old plantation houses and sugar mills remain an attraction. The beaches and water related activities are also a drawing point.
Activities Available On The Island
Be sure to take a trip on the St.Kitts Scenic Railway which offers a comfortable ride around the island, allowing one to see the glories of the past when sugar was king, travelling along the original railway which was used to transport sugar.
Visit the many historical sites such as Brimstone Hill, the fortresses, the old sugar plantations.
The beaches provide a wealth of water related activities and for the more adventurous there is hiking and mountain climbing and discovering the many native plants which are used for medicinal purposes on the island.
A variety of experiences await the traveller in St.Kitts
Things To Do On St. Kitts
Local seafood is a popular choice. Do not miss the Conch fritters. Several good restaurants on the island.
Take a ride on St. Kitts Scenic Railway to see the beautiful countryside where sugar was once king. Taxis are easily available, and cars are available for hire. Safari tours can be arranged and bicycles are a great way to explore St.Kitts. Mopeds are also available for rent.
St Kitts preserves its natural beauty and there is a law which says no building may be taller than the surrounding palm trees. The island has tropical
rainforest and underwater reefs as well as beautiful beaches—all beckon the nature lover.
Health and Wellness:
St.Kitts has a wealth of medicinal plants used by the local population—if you are interested in natural remedies, this is much to learn.
Couples recommend St.Kitts as a very romantic place to spend time alone. Weddings can be arranged, and honeymoon packages are offered by some hotels.
Hiking through the rainforest, diving and snorkelling in the ocean, visiting the many places of historic interest, playing golf, fishing or boating—all of these St. Kitts offers the visitor.
St.Kitts is one of the most historically interesting places in the Caribbean.
The hotels provide entertainment on a regular basis. Listen to the steel pan music at Ocean Terrace Inn every Friday night.
Moods- sightseeing, nature, romance
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