St. Kitts and Nevis are mountainous siblings that represent two sides of one coin. The two have important similarities: Volcanoes anchor them both, and they both have troops of green Vervet monkeys that inhabit the less populated regions. Both islands have historic plantation inns, and their sugar production was once unrivalled in the Caribbean. But although they also share a St. Kitts-based government, beyond that they go their separate ways.
Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. Christopher Columbus first spotted St. Kitts in 1493, when it was populated with native tribes, but the Europeans didn’t colonise until the British arrived in 1623. Its strategic location and valuable sugar trade led to an advanced and luxurious development that was among the best in the Colonial Caribbean.
St. Kitts is the larger of the two islands. It’s known for its rainforested mountains and beaches of white, grey and black sands. On its southwestern coast are the capital, Basseterre, and its colonial-era Georgian buildings. Anchoring Basseterre is the Circus, a plaza modelled after London’s Piccadilly Circus, complete with Victorian-style clock tower. To the west is Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park a UNESCO world heritage site and well worth a visit.
Nevis is one of the most unspoilt and relaxing islands in the Caribbean. Vividly green with blue skies, clean air and long empty beaches. Nevis has a pace of life that encourages you to stop and appreciate all the natural beauty around you. It’s a very special place famed for its charm and the easy-going genuineness of its people.
When the Kalinago people arrived on this delightful little island some seven centuries ago, they named it Oualie ‘land of beautiful waters’. And no wonder: crystal clear seas lap its sandy beaches, offering wonderful snorkelling when at anchor – or just a chance to cool off after an afternoon of sailing.
Inland too there is plenty of natural beauty to admire, with Nevis Peak lording it over the island, its lush flanks dotted with old sugar plantations and stone churches, while in the coastal regions hummingbirds flit among bougainvillaea and hibiscus flowers. Our favourite is Golden Rock Plantation and of course, there is the chance to sip a cocktail at a welcoming beach bar as the sun sets.
Sailing Holidays in Style
Whether you are travelling solo, as a couple or a group, you will have an unforgettable crewed charter with BlueFoot Travel. Book your private cabin and relax, enjoy delicious food, get hands-on sailing experience, and have lots of fun as we sail from one beautiful island to the next. So select a trip and join us in St Barts and create some amazing experiences you can share with your friends and family.