ADVERTORIAL • April 2018
A dose of sunshine is probably high on your holiday hit list - and where better to find it than St Kitts? But a year-round tropical climate isn’t all that’s on offer. As the peak season crowds disperse, this Caribbean island is gearing up for a summer of fun
St Kitts is alive with the sound of music thanks to a raft of festivals and carnivals, but the highlight has to be the annual St Kitts Music Festival from 27 June to 1 July. An energetic and eclectic line-up is always guaranteed - this summer, fans will be shaking their tush to R&B artist Lauryn Hill, Patti Labelle - aka the godmother of soul - and Jamaican dancehall singer Spice, to name a few; who’ll all be performing at the open-air Warner Park Stadium in the island capital of Basseterre.
Don’t miss: If you like your lilting beats with a side of conch fritters, “lime” with the locals at the numerous food stalls around the stadium, where the rum and ice-cold Caribs will be flowing.
You’ll feel relaxed, sun-kissed and happy, but one thing you won’t be on St Kitts is hungry. The island offers a flourishing food scene, whether you’ve an appetite for spicy jerk chicken from a street stall or grilled lobster at the jazziest of eateries. And don’t stop there: try other local delicacies like goat water (a spicy stew of goat and breadfruit), rotis, and the national dish of salt fish and Johnny cakes, a deep-fried cornmeal dough ball.
Don’t miss: To sample the island’s culinary delights in all their glory, coincide your holiday with St Kitts & Nevis Restaurant Week, which normally kicks off in July, when participating eateries offer special menus and chefs can show off their creativity and skill.
Kittitians love a game of cricket and, with the temperature gage hovering around 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, what could be more pleasant than enjoying the sound of bat against ball? Head to Warner Park, where local team St Kitts & Nevis Patriots play home games. You’ll also catch them in the Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament, which this year takes place between 8 August and 16 September.
Don’t miss: If partaking rather than spectating is more your thing, sport is on offer across the island. The oceanfront Royal St Kitts Golf Course offers superlative tee time; on water, choose from surfing and snorkelling to paddle-boarding and kite boarding.
Keeping little ones amused will be a (tropical) breeze on St Kitts. The island is one of the most important nesting turtle sites in the Caribbean, so take your mini nature lovers on an ecotour to witness this amazing spectacle for themselves. Or book a safari with islander Greg and venture into the lush rainforest, which is teeming with wildlife and exotic flora and fauna. Older kids will adore exploring the forest canopy via zip-line.
Don't miss: Parents staying at the recently-opened Park Hyatt St Kitts will appreciate the Island Fort kids’ club, open daily for toddlers to teens, with its educational activities, amphitheater, and rock-climbing wall.
This is an island which offers authentic Caribbean charm at every turn, where heritage traditions infuse every aspect of daily life. Immerse yourself in the island’s rich culture and history at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step back in time, too, at Romney Manor, a 17th-century sugar plantation. Leave enough time to pop into onsite workshop and store, Caribelle Batik, for its pretty batik products.
Don’t miss: Hop aboard the St Kitts Scenic Railway - originally built between 1912 and 1926 to deliver sugar cane - which will take you on a three-hour tour around the island.
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