Things to do in Nevis & St. Kitts

With temperatures averaging between a pleasant 70 to 80 degrees year round, it is easy to see why the islands of Nevis and St. Kitts are so popular. In fact, here is a list of some of the best things to do in Nevis & St. Kitts.

 

Things to do in Nevis & St. Kitts - South Friars Beach

 

South Friars Beach

St. Kitts

This is a good location to see some of the native wildlife such as squids, monkeys, and sea urchins. Some areas of the beach also feature black sand. There are showers and changing room facilities available at this beach. Finding a place to eat here is quite easy due to the amount of bars and restaurants lining the shores. Beach chairs and umbrellas can be rented at South Friar’s, but bringing your own would be a lot cheaper. Near the Carambola resort area, snorkeling is not worthwhile but further down the beach there is enough aquatic life to provide a good experience.

 

Things to do in Nevis & St. Kitts - Cockleshell Beach

 

Cockleshell Beach

St. Kitts

This beach is located about a twenty minute drive from Basseterre and it offers a good view of nearby Nevis Island. Shells are plentiful at this locale and guests may take their pick from the black or white sand areas. There are no harsh waves for swimmers to deal with because this beach is located in a cove area. Swimmers should nonetheless be aware of the comings and goings of the catamaran boats, because these vessels can come dangerously close to the beach areas. There are some food and drink options at this location, as well as chair and umbrella rentals. Using the picnic tables is free of charge to all beach-goers, even those that haven’t purchased meals at the local establishments.

Taxi rides out to Cockleshell Beach will set visitors back about $25 each and the bus runs about $14 per person. The best way to get out to the beach is actually to rent a car and drive there on your own, but those choosing this option should be cautious while driving on the winding, narrow roads.

 

Things to do in Nevis & St. Kitts - South Friars Beach - Nevis beach

 

Pinney’s Beach

Nevis

This is the longest beach on Nevis Island. With its calm waters and dark sand shores, this place is ideal for both swimming and sunbathing. Pinney’s is a generally quiet and secluded shore, but there are several restaurants and bars on the far south end of the beach. Some of these businesses also rent chairs and umbrella to beach-goers. However, the north end has no rental places so those headed in that direction are advised to bring their own supplies.

 

Things to do in Nevis & St. Kitts - Brimstone Hill Fortress

 

Brimstone Hill Fortress

St. Kitts

This World Heritage Site dates back to the 1700s, when it was one of the largest fortresses in the Caribbean. There is a military museum here and sometimes reenactments take place at the fort. Military and history aficionados will no doubt enjoy this site. This is also a great place for photographers because the fortress is located on a high mountain and has outstanding views of the surrounding area.

Sturdy shoes are a must at this location because visitors to the fort will be doing a lot of climbing and walking around in order to see everything. Guests should also be mindful of any small children that are accompanying them, because some high areas of the fort are not equipped with safety railings. Admissions to the fort area cost $10 per adult.

Getting back to town can be a hassle if one isn’t driving and didn’t prearrange a taxi ride earlier. Should this be the case, the helpful fort staff will be happy to flag down the local bus for a terrifying $2 ride back to town that you might live to remember.

 

Things to do in Nevis & St. Kitts - blueberry scones

 

Sugar n’ Spice

Nevis

Located in Charleston, this shop serves up sandwiches, wraps, and various baked goods at affordable prices. The blueberry scones and pineapple turnovers are highly recommended. This shop also serves delicious smoothies and a variety of coffee based beverages. A friendly staff and a clean building help to make this place a real treat. The only downside is that this restaurant is cash only. They do, however, take US dollars.

 

What are some of your favorite things to do in Nevis & St. Kitts? Have we left anything out that should be mentioned? Let us know in the comment section.

 

Photo credits – South Friars Beach, Cockleshell Beach, Pinney’s Beach, Brimstone Hill Fortress, Sugar n’ Spice

 

Nicole

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    • Michael

      The old fort area was one of our favorite areas on the island. But, yes, you definitely need more than one day there!

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