One Caribbean island that wasn’t high on my list to visit was St. Kitts—until I found myself there for a work trip. And now I know there are far more reasons to go to St. Kitts than I unearthed in one trip alone.
This post was last updated in September 2021.
When you work in the travel industry, you become jaded; I just assume everyone knows about the Caribbean gem that is St. Kitts and Nevis. But according to comments on many of my Instagram posts, it’s an enigma to many of you, and truth be told, I knew little about the island itself beyond its location until I checked it out firsthand.
So, to kick off my ample coverage on this tropical jewel, here are some reasons to go to St. Kitts.
1. It’s beautiful
Duh. Like, insanely beautiful.
2. It has one of the last functioning passenger railroads in the Caribbean
The two-hour trip on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway is a must for all visitors, families or otherwise.
3. The islanders are some of the friendliest people ever
I’ve been to more than a dozen Caribbean islands, and let me tell you they’re not all this way. But on St. Kitts, you get the impression the locals are actually happy you’re there.
4. You can stay on a lush oasis like this one
5. It’s great for families
If you’re traveling with children, you can make your base camp at the uber-kid-friendly Marriott St. Kitts. That beach, that pool—I could have lain out here forever.
No further explanation needed; the name says it all.
7. That water
Oh, the water! Which makes for excellent snorkeling or swimming.
8. It’s an active destination for adventurers
9. It’s easy to reach by plane
One of the tough things about traveling to the Caribbean is the travel time involved from the mainland. But one of the reasons I love St. Kitts is that it’s very easy to reach.
10. It’s a direct flight from the East Coast
Even from Nashville, which has zero direct flights to the Caribbean, it was a six-hour trip for me with a connection in Miami (less time than it would take to get to San Francisco).
11. For the Caribbean, it’s super affordable
Sure, you’ll pay a bit more than you would Stateside for meals, but then again, it’s not exactly cheap to fly in fresh produce to the middle of the Atlantic. As someone on the island told me, you want to pay more so you know you’re at least getting a decent quality. But food aside, everything else was far more affordable than other places I’ve visited in the islands.
12. It’s got great tourism infrastructure while still feeling authentic
In my experience, as an island gets built up, it compromises authenticity. Not in St. Kitts. It’s got one road that rings the perimeter and virtually no traffic. Also, there was free Wi-Fi nearly everywhere we went, even restaurants, something I have trouble finding when traveling in Europe and sometimes even U.S. destinations.
13. There are monkeys
And who doesn’t love seeing monkeys in the wild? Just watch out for your lunch….
14. It’s got loads of history if you’re into that sort of thing
And I’m not just talking French and British occupation history. Did you know, in fact, that two of our founding fathers (Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson) had ties to this glorious slice of real estate? Hamilton was born here, and Jefferson’s great-great-great-grandfather was buried there and had a well-known sugar plantation, Romney Manor, on the island.
You will not leave the island without singing “Alexander Hamilton! We are waiting in the wings for you.” (Where are my Hamilfans?)
15. The food is excellent
I’ve been to other Caribbean islands where the food is less than stellar, but I didn’t have a single meal that wasn’t drool-worthy on St. Kitts. That seafood. So fresh! So tasty. (Perhaps not the best decision to eat so much the week before I have to be in an already tight-fitting bridesmaids dress, but hey, you only live once.)
16. The breeze the tradewinds bring in is unlike anything I’ve ever felt
I wanted to bottle that breeze and bring it home with me. The temperature, daytime and night, was just perfect.
17. The diving is top notch
Or so my dive writer friends tell me. We tried to hop on a dive boat, but the timing didn’t work in our favor this go ’round. No worries; I will be back.
18. The rainforest is lush and unspoiled.
We spent a quiet morning with Mother Nature, and it might have been one of my favorite parts of the trip.
19. It’s also got one impressive volcano
We didn’t have time to make the half-day trek, but next time, I’m all about hiking Mount Liamuiga with O’Neil Mulraine.
These are just a few of the reasons to go to St. Kitts, but I would go back there every year if I could!