St Kitts is quite different to most other Caribbean islands – unmanicured and largely uncommercialised, it feels very authentic. It takes a little while to get under the skin of the place but, give it time, and it is hard not to fall for its charms…
Christopher Columbus first spotted St. Kitts in 1493 but the Europeans didn’t colonize until the British arrived in 1623. Its strategic location and valuable sugar trade led to advanced and luxurious development that was among the best in the Colonial Caribbean. Today you see evidence of that history all over the island in the form of the ruins of the old sugar mills and plantations. Efforts are now being made to preserve the island’s heritage – for example, some of the plantation homes have been restored and operate as luxury hotels and inns.
Aside from history, St Kitts’ other greatest assets are natural ones. More than an quarter of the island is National Park and covered by rainforest that is expanding rather than shrinking. And the island is surrounded new and untouched dive sites, marked by massive beds of coral and teeming with colourful fish.
For general information on holidays in St Kitts click St Kitts Tourism
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