8 Best Things to Do in St Kitts

Saint Kitts is a beautiful island covered in rolling waves of sugarcane butting up against endless beaches of both the Caribbean and Atlantic Oceans. But it’s so much more than just beaches.

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

The charming island of St. Kitts is, in a single word, engaging.

It is an island that will interest your mind with its rich culture and history, captivate your taste buds with its Caribbean fare and enchant your senses with miles of lush rainforests, lava formations, seaside lagoons, and monkeys.

There is no shortage of amazing things to do in St Kitts. These were my favorite places to eat and things to do during my visit.

Saint Kitts Restaurants

Carambola Beach Club 

More than just a dining experience, Carambola Beach Club offers an ideal way to spend your day off the cruise ship or hotel grounds. Come in the afternoon for a light lunch and spend the day lounging amidst day beds, lounge chairs and love seats. Or hop into the Caribbean waters for some fun through the aqua sports facilities.

After a day of entertaining yourself, you can freshen up at one of restroom facilities complete with a shower in preparation for their fine dining options available for dinner. 

Carambola offers lunch and dinner in their beautiful restaurant on the beach. The restaurant features international cuisine with a Caribbean flair offering exotic appetizers like Caribbean Spiny Lobster Salad to traditional entrees like Beef Tenderloin. 

El Fredo’s 

Lying just a short way off the beaten path, about a quarter mile from the cruise ship port, lies the hidden gem that is El Fredo’s. This casual dining restaurant offers fresh, authentic Caribbean food.

el fredo's menu st kitts

It’s one of those places the locals regularly dine and tourists consider themselves lucky to find. Outside it’s brick enclosed patio the daily menu is written in chalk with daily specials such as stews, mutton, conch and chicken roti. 

el fredo's lobster and shrimp plate st kitts

Sprat Net 

If fresh caught local seafood is what you’re after, it really doesn’t get any more fresh than at Sprat Net.

This incredible fresh-catch restaurant 20 minutes north of Basseterre in Old Road Village is only open for dinner because the owners are fisherman who fish in the morning and then serve their daily catch in the evening. How awesome is that?!?

lobster plate at Sprat Net Things to Do in St Kitts
Lobster plate at Sprat Net

Options on the menu include bbq lobster, ribs, chicken, steamed catch of the day fish, and pizzas. It’s all served up in a casual atmosphere complete with a full bar. 

Tip: Be sure to stay after dinner as the evening gets jumping with a live band and tons of locals stopping in to dance and sing the night away.

Things to Do in St Kitts

If you’re a fan of cute wild animals, you’re in for a treat in Saint Kitts. No need to go to a zoo because you’ll see wild African green (or “vervet”) monkeys around every corner on the island.

The green vervet monkeys actually arrived in St. Kitts and Nevis as French pets on boats coming from Africa in the 17th century. After the French travelers left, they neglected to take their pet monkeys and they were set free.

what to do in st kitts

Fun Fact: The green vervet population is actually larger than the human residents of the island!

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site known to be one the of the best preserved historical fortifications in the Americas. The construction of the Brimstone Hill Fortress began in 1690 and continued intermittently for just over 100 years until completion.

Today, it serves as both a testament to the strength of the African slaves who built it and the British military who designed it. 

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park saint kitts

Sitting atop steep slopes featuring awesome panoramic views of mountains, fields, towns and the expansive sea, Brimstone Hill Fortress sits nearly 800 feet high. It’s constructed of stone crafted from hard volcanic rock and limestone drawn right from the very ground it resides.

As you reach the precipice and inhale it’s salty air, there is little doubt as to why it’s a winner of Trip Advisors 2015 Travelers Choice Award. Leave yourself some time to soak in the incredible views.

Timothy Hill

If Brimstone Hill is a testament to a creation made by man, Timothy Hill is a testament to the creations of mother nature. For full panoramic sweeping views of St. Kitts,

Timothy Hill is just a short distance from Frigate Beach and features a stunning vista of where the sparkling Atlantic Ocean meets the incredible waters of the Caribbean Sea.

St Kitts Timothy Hill

Within the two bodies of water, you’ll see lush, green foliage and the gently sloping hills of the southeast peninsula of St Kitts from your vantage point above.

You’ll even be able to see the neighboring island of Nevis in the distance.

Saint Kitts Scenic Rail and Sail Tour

A four-hour excursion that covers a 30-mile circle around the island, you’ll complete 18 miles by rail and 12 miles by catamaran on this popular attraction. 

Hailed as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway was originally built between 1912 and 1926 to deliver sugarcane from the fields on the island to the sugar mill in Basseterre.

Saint Kitts Scenic Rail and Sail Tour

Traversing tall steel bridges spanning deep canyons and winding thru small villages, the tour leisurely meanders along the Northeastern coastline, allowing you to get up close and personal with the island of St. Kitts before arriving at La Valle Station. 

From there, travelers board a catamaran to sail along the western coastline where you can take in the Brimstone Hill Fortress from the sea along with extensive views of small fishing villages, abandoned sugar estates and steep mountain slopes.

things to do in st kitts

The comfortable catamaran also passes by Pass Old Road Town, the first British settlement, and sails around “Bloody Point”, where the French and the British came together to destroy the power of the Carib Indians in 1626.

31 thoughts on “8 Best Things to Do in St Kitts”

  1. Thank looks like such a beautiful Island I would like to be in right this moment! Oh and I want that lobster plate too.

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  2. Oh my goodness, the food shots in this post are making my mouth water! I could totally see myself wanting to spend my entire vacation in these restaurants.

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  3. It’s hard to remember in such a beautiful place that there is more than just the beach. What beautiful pictures.

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  4. There’s just so much to see and do here! I would love to tour the island someday, they have so much to offer, just look at the food! The hotels sound amazing and who wouldn’t want to go sailing in a place like this, right?

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  5. OMG all of that food looks so good! We have vacationed close to St. Kitts but never actually there. Maybe some day!

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  6. That looks like purely heaven on earth. I want to go to St. Kitts so bad. I have to say that I am really jealous right now!

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  7. I would love to get some fresh seafood at Sprat Net. Checking out the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park would be really nice too.

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  8. This sounds like an incredible place to visit! From the pictures it looks absolutely beautiful and it also sounds like there’s a lot to do. I’m in desperate need of a warm beachy vacation so I’ll have to keep this in mind!

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  9. It is me, or does seafood always taste better on vacation? Everytime I visit an island or beachy area, I crave seafood, and love to see how the locals prepare. St. Kitts looks like a beautiful place to enjoy some great food and scenery.

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  10. I have always wanted to go to St. Kitts. It is on my travel bucket list. I cannot wait to see all the sites that you saw it looks like it’s just gorgeous there.

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  11. This place is paradise! The food looks amazing and the view breathtaking! What a place to go and visit! Awesome pictures and thank you for sharing your adventures!

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  12. Wow! This place is so beautiful! I am adding this place to my travel bucket list asap. I would love to go there this summer!

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  13. What a great adventure it must have been! I could sit at the steep slopes all day just watching the view and Timothy Hills is as breathtaking. Drooling over that Lobster plate at Sprat Net!!

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  14. This looks like a beautiful place to visit. The resort looks amazing too. I love how pretty the water looks. It isn’t nearly as clear looking near our beaches (at least the ones I’ve been too).

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  15. Beautiful views, amazing looking food… that is the PERFECT combination for a vacation! I think my whole family would enjoy it! We are big on tasty food and pretty places :)

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  16. Beach vacations are my top favorite things to do. The seafood photos look so amazing as does the views. I’ll have to add this to my bucket list.

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  17. What a beautiful places!! The food looks to die for and the views are breath taking! IT looks like a spot I’d love to visit for sure!

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing this. So many people go to Kitts, and the only thing they ever see is the beach.

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