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Adventures on St Kitts and Nevis
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Kitts may be small, only 18 miles by 5 miles, but those 68 square miles are packed with outdoor adventure activities. Lying south of Saint Eustatius and east of Antigua, the island is part of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. Saint Kitts is an unspoiled island that will delight the individual on vacation looking for outdoor adventure. This Caribbean island has three distinct groups of volcanic peaks: in the North West is the Mount Misery Range; in the Middle is the Verchilds Range and in the South East is the Olivees Range. The highest peak is Mount Liamuiga, formerly Mount Misery, a dormant volcano some 3,792 feet (1,156 m) high, with hiking up Mount Liamuiga being a favorite vacation activity. Hiking up Mount Liamuiga is not the only hiking that can be experienced on Saint Kitts, there are various tours through lava formations and rainforest areas.

The various battles between the English and the French for control of the island, that was then called Saint Christopher, and the rich sugar trade has left St Kitts with an abundance of historic sites, over 250 have been recorded on the island. The most well known of these historic sites is the 38 acre Brimstone Hill Fortress which is a UNESCO World Heritage site but all over the island there are historic buildings. Around the island you can find, plantation houses, stone churches, memorials, a 100 year old train station, a cotton ginnery, carib petroglyphs and many other historic sites.

St. Kitts boasts a wide variety of beaches which range in character from the sparkling black sands of the north-eastern side of the island, through to the grey sands and the golden sands which give way to a whiter hue as one travels towards the end of the southeast peninsula. Along this peninsula, there are numerous little beaches, many of which tend to become private seclusions for the adventurous. The clear blue waters surrounding St Kitts provide the perfect environment for holiday outdoor adventure. You can experience surfing, kayaking, water skiing, wind surfing and jet skiing.

The outdoor adventure on St Kitts continues below the water as the clear blue water surrounding the island with up to 100 feet visibility also makes St Kitts a world class Caribbean diving destination. There are dozens of easily accessible dive sites with virgin reefs that abound with hard and soft coral, ancient underwater lava tracks, hot water vents, black coral trees and several wrecks. Those diving or snorkelling around St Kitts can see lobster, octopus, stingrays, eagle rays, sea turtles, lizard fish, nurse sharks, sea horses and many of the over 700 species of fish found in the Caribbean Sea.

It is easy to split your outdoor adventure activities between St Kitts and Nevis as it is a short                                                                                                  45 minute ferry ride across the two mile channel to the island of Nevis. Here you will find tropical rainforests with monkeys chattering in the trees and doves cooing. You can hike the nature trails or climb to the top of Nevis Peak. You can explore the ruins of old sugar plantations, a lime kiln, or Amerindian sites. You can snorkel and scuba dive among more wrecks and natural reefs. There are even night beach walks available, to study the stars

Learn More about St Kitts and Nevis by visiting our other St Kitts and Nevis Pages

bulletOutdoor Recreation on St Kitts and Nevis
bulletSt Kitts Scuba Diving
bulletSt Kitts Beaches
bulletSt Kitts Hiking
bulletOther Attractions
bulletBrimstone Hill Fortress
bulletSt Kitts Churches

 

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