ADVERTORIAL • October 2019
From zip lining to horse riding, there are dozens of scenic ways to get adrenaline levels pumping on this dazzling Caribbean island
It should come as no surprise that the irresistibly clear waters of St. Kitts attract many a diver – with ethereal shipwrecks and coral grottos to explore, you might find yourself locking eyes with a giant lobster or tiny thumb-size seahorse. Serious swimmers join in annually to tackle the March Channel swim between St. Kitts and sister island Nevis, weaving across the ‘Narrows’ (at some points this strait is just 3km wide). If you fancy bobbing around in a glass-bottom kayak, setting sail on a Hobie Cat or catching the breeze kite-boarding, your go-to is St. Kitts Watersports.
Not to worry: the volcanos that make up St. Kitts are all now dormant. Having last erupted some 200 years ago, Mt. Liamugia stands proud as the highest peak on the island, and ambitious hikers can psyche themselves up for a heart-pounding ascent to the top. But if you’d rather drink in those lush island views from the saddle of a horse – or an e-bike – check out Nevis Equestrian Centre and eBike St. Kitts, respectively. Want to burn even more calories? Consider signing up for the spectacular Nevis Triathlon: hop on your bike for a bracing 31k circuit of the island, glide through crystal waters to complete a 300 metre swim and pull on the running shoes for a swift 5 kilometre sprint. Easy.
If you’re hoping to catch a bird’s eye view of the island, seek out Sky Safari Tours– before you know it you could be swooping through the St. Kitts rainforest via zipline, crossing the winding Wingfield River at a nail-biting 80km an hour (and 250 feet off the ground). Of course, you won’t need to be at bird-level to glimpse a feathered friend or two – at least 203 different species have been recorded on St. Kitts and Nevis; take a tour with a local birder and keep your cameras poised for a snap of the American Kestrel, Caribbean Martin and Cattle Egret. But birds aside, look out for the island’s famously green residents – vervet monkeys, which are said to have been thriving on the island for centuries.
You might not know that cricket is a pretty big deal in St. Kitts. So much so that capital city Basseterre has its own modern stadium, hosting semi-regular international matches as well as the annual Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament. The island is also fast becoming a popular Caribbean golf destination, with both the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club and the Four Seasons Golf Club in Nevis offering hard-to-beat ocean-adjacent putting possibilities.
British Airways currently offers flights to St Kitts and a seven-night hotel stay from £639pp. To book your trip, click here