Find What You're Looking For in St. Kitts and Nevis
By Caitlin Moore
Thanks to long ago volcanic activity, the Caribbean Sea is sprinkled with handfuls of now-settled islands that act as magnets to tourists looking for the ultimate getaway experience. There are many choices, few of them regrettable, but if a quiet and nature-oriented escape from reality is desired, you certainly wouldn't go wrong with a trip to St. Kitts and Nevis, a pair of islands that maintains a French/English identity as well as many unspoiled swaths of wilderness.
British-style buildings and cars that drive on the left side of the road will immediately help to create a sense of away-ness, and the interior of the islands are delightfully uninhabited - an exotic treat for city dwellers and residents of sprawling suburbia. Combine these elements with a predictably pleasant climate and constant cycle of sea breezes and the foundation has been laid for a top-five vacation.
Some say that St. Kitts and Nevis resemble a baseball bat and baseball, something to notice when flying in for a landing or looking at a map but a fact that will be forgotten once you've become immersed in the pure loveliness of the landscape. A narrow channel separates the two isles, making going back and forth no big deal, so every inch of the terrain, both untouched and populated, is available to be explored and enjoyed.
All the standard beach activities are up for grabs, although the word "standard" doesn't really apply to snorkeling, sea kayaking, relaxing at a beach bar or watching for rainbows and sunsets off the pristine coast. Timothy Beach is a popular spot for finding the activities you need to check a few entries off the itinerary, and if you don't have one of those, you'll wander your way through a perfectly agreeable day. After getting your fill of being barefoot, it'll be time to head to one of the towns for some shopping and fine dining. Try Basseterre, Charlestown or Newcastle for a taste of local cuisine, shopping and culture seeking.
Or, if seeking out a few thrills is on the menu, head inland to sneak a peek at the impressive array of flora and fauna. In addition to colorful and fragrant plant life unlike any you've seen before, the flitting hummingbirds and friendly monkeys will most certainly catch your eye. A few tidbits of fruit will entice the furry creatures to come close, offering up photo-ops that will make the perfect souvenir. Mountain rainforest hikes provide exercise, fresh air and enjoyable off-the-beaten-path moments, so check them out if you're so inclined.
St. Kitts and Nevis is adept at offering a bit of everything; quiet afternoons and thrilling adventures, deserted stretches of beach and lively festivals. A number of music celebrations dot the calendar and often feature parades with salsa, calypso and steel pan infusions, while tennis courts and golf courses provide more traditional vacation pursuits. No matter what you and your companions look for on holiday (as the Brits would say) it's certain to be contained within the perimeter of this charming island nation.
This includes stellar lodging options in the form of dozens of vacation rental properties that have a way of making visitors feel immediately at home in this far-flung tropical paradise. Villas offering panoramic views and easy access to the beach make all the difference when it comes to you and your companions coexisting peacefully while feeling comfortable and connected to the surroundings. A day of swimming and snorkeling can be just a stroll away, as are horseback riding stables, one of the vibrant towns, a fabulous restaurant or an engrossing view of Mt. Nevis. Sorting through the options online is a fun exercise that will certainly lead to inventing the perfect scenario framed by hibiscus and bougainvillea, not to mention a set-up of bedrooms, baths and grounds that will lend an air of elegance and luxury to the whole affair.
St. Kitts and Nevis Vacation Rentals are available in multiple locations and come in all shape and size - large condos, diminutive bungalows, vast villas, etc... Most come equipped with a plethora of helpful amenities like kitchens and extra towels and linens, and most are pretty easy on the eyes. Take a look at the options and allow yourself to start getting excited for an upcoming trip that's sure to be one of your best ever.
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