By Hillary Latos
Known for its lush rainforests, rugged mountains and golden sand beaches, St. Kitts is a small island with a storied past that offers an abundance of activities for the adventurous souls. Originally named after Christopher Columbus who discovered and claimed the saintly island in 1493 for Spain, eventually it was shortened to St. Kitts. With over a quarter of the island designated as a national park their rain forest continues to grow and is filled with mystical plants, cheeky green velvet monkeys and exotic birds. Coupled with world class diving this is the perfect destination for nature lovers as well as seafaring explorers.
A highlight of the island is a hike through the Valley of the Giants Rainforest. A guide will take you along scenic paths with fragrant native flora surrounded by sounds from nature’s garden with hummingbirds chirping from above and the ebb and flow of the river below. To enjoy island life in the crystal turquoise water take a leisurely catamaran ride to the beautiful and quaint island of Nevis with a BBQ lunch on the beach and thrilling snorkeling stops along the way. Stop by the famous and charmingly rustic Sunshines Beach Bar, which is decorated with photos of celebrities and A-listers who have dined here to indulge in his legendary Killer Bee rum punch that keeps the crowd buzzing.
One of the best ways to enjoy the Caribbean is through their rich and varied cuisine. Dine with the locals at the El Fredo’s Restaurant and Bar that embodies the warm and laid back spirit of the island. This cozy hideaway specializes in local fare like stewed conch, goat curry, oxtail stew with a Caribbean flair. For dining on the sand, locals like to “lime” or as American’s would say ‘party’ at the casual Reggae Beach Bar & Grill serving delicious locally caught seafood and BBQ favorites. Come on Friday for their famous Lobster Fest with a bonfire under the stars. Fine Kittian cuisine can be found at the romantic Marshall’s restaurant with panoramic ocean views to Nevis. Specializing in Caribbean dishes with a French influence, tantalize your palette with gastronomic delights such as lobster thermador, jerk chicken, or chateaubriand bougue fiere.
The perfect spot to relax and unwind is at the breathtaking St. Kitts Marriott Resort set on a 4 mile stretch of a sugary beach with emerald waters. Laze by one of three freeform pools in a lush tropical setting or rejuvenate at the 15,000 square foot Emerald Mist Spa with a luxurious body treatment. Choose from a spacious ocean or garden view room with a private balcony or a one to two bedroom villa which is perfectly suited for groups or families. This captivating Kittian resort is a true sanctuary for the senses.
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