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Sightseeing in St Kitts and Nevis

Like many of the Caribbean nations, St Kitts and Nevis has a fascinating colonial heritage that you can explore during a holiday on the islands. Places like Basseterre and Charleston showcase colonial architecture and are the thriving hubs of these isles.

If you're spending a day exploring Basseterre, don't miss Independence Square, the Circus, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Warner Park Stadium - the island's cricket and football venue. In Charleston, you should include Fort Sumter, Rainbow Row, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Aiken-Rhett House and the Charleston Museum on your itinerary.

On St Kitts, it's essential to pay a visit to Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can learn about the British military's presence in the region. Other top historical sites to consider exploring during your stay include Spooner's Ginnery, St Kitts Sugar Factory and Compound, and the Carib petroglyphs, which are located by the entrance to the Wingfield Manor Estate.

You'll also find plenty of historical attractions in Nevis, where you can visit the likes of the Hamilton Estate, Cotton Ginnery, Cottle Church, the Bath Hotel and Spring House without leaving out the Nevisian Heritage Village, which offers an insight into life on the islands before the arrival of the European settlers.

Water sports

As St Kitts and Nevis are Caribbean islands, it's easy to see why a range of water sports are popular here. The country is renowned for the quality of its scuba diving and with authorities on St Kitts intending to create Marine Protected Areas, the reefs will be looked after and kept in good condition.

There are numerous dive sites around St Kitts and Nevis that can cater for new and experienced divers alike. In addition to the stunning coral reefs, there are a number of wrecks that divers can get access to, including the River Taw, the MV Talata and the Corinthian.

If you're not ready to take the plunge, you can always snorkel and still catch a glimpse of the colourful and varied marine life that inhabits these waters.

Windsurfing is another popular pastime in St Kitts and Nevis, with Oualie Beach on Nevis and Frigate Bay on St Kitts both top spots for this activity. Other things you can have a go at include kayaking, jetskiing, surfing and water skiing.

Get back to nature

Although the beaches on St Kitts and Nevis are truly stunning, there is plenty of spectacular scenery to be discovered inland as well. Beautiful rainforests, towering mountains, tumbling waterfalls and plenty else besides are just waiting for you if you leave the coast behind for a day or two.

There are numerous hiking trails crisscrossing both islands, while mountain biking is another popular way to get out and about and see a bit more of the landscapes. Horseback riding is an alternative option if you'd like to cover a reasonable amount of ground, but without the effort of having to pedal.

The mountains on St Kitts are a haven for all kinds of wildlife, but particularly birds. If you come here you may see species such as the magnificent frigate bird, the brown pelican, the common ground dove, the Caribbean martin and the black-whiskered vireo, among many others.

Another way to appreciate the natural beauty of St Kitts and Nevis is to tee off at the Royal St Kitts Golf Club. The course has a dormant volcano on one side of it and the ocean on the other - a truly beautiful spot for a round of golf. There's certainly plenty on the 18-hole championship course to test golfers of all levels.

Rest and relaxation

Of course, a holiday in St Kitts and Nevis isn't all about being active - there are more than enough opportunities to relax and unwind as well. Many of the islands' top resorts boast stunning private gardens, beautiful stretches of sand and numerous swimming pools where you can chill out and soak up some sunshine.

There are also some world-class spas in St Kitts and Nevis where you can be utterly pampered. Massages, beauty treatments and a host of other therapies are on offer in opulent surroundings, ensuring that all your stresses and strains melt away. But which pampering resorts and spas to choose when planning a holiday to St Kitts and Nevis? We can help you with a couple of suggestions below, of what we believe to be two outstanding spa retreats for melting all worldly troubles away.

Beautiful and calming resorts that also include soothingly gorgeous spas with a view include the Mango Orchard Spa at Ottley's Plantation Inn and the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Nevis West Indies. The former is placed within a former plantation inn and thus offers plenty of charm and authenticity. The spa itself is set on a wooden treetop house with open balconies which means that during your treatment you'll be enjoying amazing views of the tropical rainforest. The Four Seasons Nevis on the other hand, is a far more luxurious and exclusive property, but the spa setting is equally inspiring, with a volcano stone Jacuzzi looking ou to the verdant gardens and a Relaxation Beach Hut for pampering treatments with beautiful sea views. Whichever resort you pick, relaxation, indulgement and sheer serene beauty are 100 per cent guaranteed.

Excursions and Attractions

Basseterre and Brimstone Hill - St. Kitss heritage tour

Basseterre and Brimstone Hill - St. Kitss Heritage Tour

Not only is the beautiful island of St Kitts blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Caribbean, but it also boasts a rich culture and heritage that will fascinate visitors. This tour will take you back in time to the British and French...

Basseterre City tour and Shopping trip

Basseterre City Tour and Shopping Trip

Exploring the historic city of Basseterre during your holiday in St Kitts is a must for those who want to delve deeper into the island’s rich colonial heritage. Being the first French capital in the Western Hemisphere and one of the oldest towns in...

Charlestown City tour and shopping trip

Charlestown City Tour and Shopping Trip

If you are staying on the beautiful island of Nevis during your holiday in the Eastern Caribbean, making time to explore its charming capital city is a must. Founded in 1660, Charlestown is steeped in history and there are many ways to delve deeper into...

Explore Nevis, Walking tour

Explore Nevis, Walking Tour

Boasting a range of beautiful landscapes, from pristine beaches and sleepy bays to lush rainforests and dramatic mountain peaks, few people visit Nevis without embarking on some kind of activity in the great outdoors. One of the best ways to appreciate...

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St Kitts and British Airways launch St Kitts-branded London taxis on London's roads

In a joint partnership with British Airways, St Kitts has branded ten London taxis with images of the St Kitts' Scenic Railway, and put them on the streets of London. The campaign will run for 12 months and will promote the Caribbean nation to Londoners going about their daily lives. Promotional initiatives will take place throughout the year including social media activities and competitions.

Caribbean island of Nevis to host Blues Festival on the beach

Following the success of this year's festival, St Kitts and Nevis in the eastern Caribbean has announced that it will host the second Nevis Blues Festival next 14-16th April 2016, showcasing the best blues talent from around the world in the idyllic setting of Nevis' Oualie Bay beach.

Annual St Kitts Music Festival to take place from 25th to 27th June

The St Kitts Tourism Authority has announced that the annual St. Kitts Music Festival will take place from 25th to 27th June, 2015. This year's event will feature live music from RandB, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, rock, calypso, gospel and contemporary music artists, and previous headliners have included John Legend, Lionel Richie, and Shaggy.