When to travel to St Kitts and Nevis
St Kitts and Nevis's climate
St Kitts and Nevis has a tropical climate, with little temperature variation throughout the year. Sea breezes help to keep the islands at a pleasant temperature, averaging 25 degrees Celsius in the winter (December to March) and 30 degrees Celsius in the summer (June to September).
Although the weather here is predominantly sunny, there is a rainy season when dark clouds can gather on the horizon. This runs from May to November and also coincides with the Caribbean hurricane season. While this is when the majority of the islands' rain falls, it is by no means wet all the time during this period, so you can still enjoy a predominantly sunny and warm holiday in St Kitts and Nevis, even if you travel out of peak times.
For almost guaranteed dry weather, February and March are the times to visit. However, St Kitts and Nevis have very low humidity levels, ensuring their climate remains comfortable all year round.
When is it best to travel?
As with many Caribbean destinations, the peak holiday season is between December and March, when the temperature is pleasant without being overly hot and the chances of rain are slim. This is the busiest and typically the most expensive time of the year to plan a holiday in St Kitts and Nevis.
If you're searching for a bargain break, it's worth looking at November and early December, when the weather is likely to be good but the hotel prices haven't shot up yet. If you decide to travel in the rainy season, you should still be able to enjoy plenty of sunshine, as downpours rarely last long and are typically followed by clear blue skies.
It's worth pointing out that even though there is the risk of hurricanes hitting St Kitts and Nevis, they infrequently make landfall on the islands. Both St Kitts and Nevis are well set up to cope with these storms and you should check what the hurricane cancellation policy is for the hotel you're intending to stay in.
Water sports in St Kitts and Nevis
One of the big attractions of a holiday in St Kitts and Nevis is the chance to try a variety of water sports, and there's no bad time of year to come to the islands if this is what you'd like to spend your break doing.
Water temperatures average at a very pleasant 27 degrees Celsius, reaching as high as 30 degrees Celsius in August and September and falling to around 24 degrees Celsius between January and March. Even though it's cooler in the winter months, it's still lovely in the water, especially if you're wearing a wet suit.
You can go scuba diving at any time of the year, with the dive centres in St Kitts and Nevis operating in all seasons. Windsurfing and surfing are also popular activities here and the steady winds that blow around the islands mean you can try both of these sports throughout the year as well.
Public holidays in the islands
The majority of the public holidays in St Kitts and Nevis are based around Christian festivals - such as Easter and Christmas - although there are a few other days that are marked in honour of local culture and history. You may want to plan travelling to the islands around these dates to soak up the culture and absorb the local celebrations or join in the vibrant festivities.
One such example is Carnival Day, which falls on 2nd January, and marks the end of the St Kitts carnival season. The week preceding it is a riot of colour and sound, with a Grand Parade running through the streets of Basseterre to give the festivities the right finale.
Other important holidays in St Kitts and Nevis include Emancipation Day (which falls on the first week of August), Heroes Day (on 16th September) and Independence Day (which is celebrated on 19th September).
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The twin-island nation of St Kitts and Nevis is emerging as one of the Caribbean's fastest rising tourism destinations. Three luxury hotel chains have committed to bringing new properties to the country in the near future. These include Ritz Carlton, Six Senses, and Ottley's Plantation, and several other hotels on the islands are close to completion.
A new Six Senses resort is scheduled to open in St Kitts and Nevis in 2021, marking the brand’s debut in the Caribbean. Ground will be broken on the site of a former sugar cane plantation in La Vallee in St Kitts later this year. The resort will have 70 villas with private plunge pools, and they will be built using sustainable and repurposed materials.
St Kitts' Ministry of Tourism has announced that the island will be the first in the Caribbean to feature a Six Senses resort. The premier brand will open a five-star beach resort on the island in 2021 with a set of 70 private pool villas, a luxury spa, and unique facilities blending into the landscape and overlooking the ocean.