St Kitts is one of those islands that I always knew was there…but I knew little about. When I was invited to visit the island on behalf of St Kitts Marriott Resort, I gladly accepted – what an exciting opportunity to discover a new Caribbean island AND stay at one of my favorite hotel chains! We all know what the Marriott Hotel brand offers around the world: quality accommodations with an upscale feel at reasonable prices, but what does St Kitts have to offer? Well, as it turns out, the island has a lot to offer – as does the hotel. The St Kitts Marriott Resort is the perfect base of operations for a vacation in St Kitts, and the perfect vacation destination in itself!
10 Things to Do in St Kitts
Soak up the sun at the St Kitts Marriott Resort Pool or on the beach. Seriously, there are some hotels that really are perfect as an all-in-one vacation destination. The St Kitts Marriott Resort is one of them.
The hotel itself is lovely, with comfortable, spacious rooms perfect for extended stays, the restaurants offer delicious dining options, there is nightlife right there at the hotel and of course – their pool and beaches are beyond beautiful.
There are some families that just want to get away and lounge around a hotel, relaxing, unwinding – and this is the place to do that.
Go for a Jeep 4×4 Drive and take a hike in Phillips rain forest. Didn’t know that there was a rain forest in St Kitts? The Central Forest Reserve National Park is just a short drive away from the St Kitts Marriott Resort, and you can go hiking, check out the grounds, or even go ziplining!
My small group went on a hike through the forest and encountered a wide variety of flora and fauna – some species that I recognized from back home in Miami. I always find it fun to see tropical flowers and fruit that I’m familiar with from back home.
We hired a guide to take us through the rain forest on our hike and he pointed out the species of each plant or tree, as well as picked a few treats for us to try, like this guava.
We came across small creeks teeming with craw fish and even met a monkey at the entrance to the rain forest…he didn’t care for me too much, but I thought he was the most adorable thing ever!
I had no idea that there were monkeys in St Kitts…but they do and they are so cute!
Go Ziplining in Phillips rainforest. Do you have an adventurous spirit? Glide through the Kittitian rainforest on a zipline and feel the wind in your hair! Ziplining is so much fun, and I just love that this is available so close to the St Kitts Marriott Hotel and Resort!
Play a round of golf at the Royal St Kitts Golf Club. For some, a wonderful vacation includes a few tee times. Go for it! There is a lovely golf course literally next door to the St Kitts Marriott Hotel and Resort. We had a nice lunch there one day and the atmosphere was tropical and relaxing – perfect for a leisurely game of golf while on vacation.
Explore Brimstone Fort, a World UNESCO site. St Kitts has gone through great lengths to maintain the structural integrity of their former military stronghold.
The view from the fort is a sight to behold, but the fort itself is quite beautiful and paints a pretty accurate picture of what life must have been like when the island was first settled.
Walk through doorways leading to open courtyards, touch the cannons that have been sitting on the balconies for ages – you could quite easily spend an entire afternoon at Brimstone in order to see all that it has to offer!
Spend a morning at the Brasseterre Local Farmers Market. If you want to see what life is really like for the people of St Kitts, spend a morning exploring the market on the black sand beaches, where the locals buy their fresh fish and fruits and vegetables.
This was one of the most “local” and authentic farmer’s markets I’ve ever been to in the Caribbean – it definitely was not created for tourists, which made it all that much more special!
Spend Friday night at Sprat Net. One of St Kitts most popular establishments, this waterfront restaurant is family owned and operated – and quite busy! Sprat Net is known as having the best seafood on the island, with everything being fresh caught by local fishermen and cooked to order.
With live music on weekends, it is THE PLACE TO BE and you will be hard pressed to find a better meal on the island! Oh – and there’s free WiFi.
This was actually my favorite meal while in St Kitts, the fresh snapper was prepared with an amazing rub and served with sides so hearty that I almost forgot what “being on a diet” was.
Have lunch at El Fredo’s. Each island in the Caribbean has their own special little dish and sometimes drinks as well. We lunched at one afternoon and it definitely lived up to my expectations – El Fredo’s is known for having the hottest hot sauce in St Kitts, but I was too afraid to try it!
Spend a day on the St Kitts Scenic Railway. If you want to get a really in depth look at St Kitts, book an excursion on the St Kitts Scenic Railway.
The island was once heavily involved in sugar cane farming, and the railway slowly winds its way around the coast, through what used to be sugar cane plantations.
It’s a guided tour, with a tour guide explaining everything there is to know about the history of the island, and you’ll be treated to a singing demonstration by local musicians as well. Drinks and snacks are also served while on board – make sure to try the sugar cakes, they’re FANTASTIC. Because they’re made of sugar. A LOT of sugar.
Spend an afternoon on a Catamaran cruise. If you are a regular reader, then you know that I seek out the water wherever I go. St Kitts was no different, and when I found out that our itinerary included a Catamaran cruise, I excitely threw my bikini into my carry on. Unfortunately, it was quite rainy that day, so we were unable to go snorkeling, but we did enjoy a beautiful sail along the coast of St Kitts!
Drinks and snacks are offered on board, and you can also purchase a lunch sack, which includes sandwiches and chips. The crew was so friendly and fun, I can only imagine the shenanigans they get up to during a full snorkeling excursion!
Take a photo at Timothy Hill. There are very few places that capture the startling contrast between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea in the way you’ll find at Timothy Hill.
On one side, you have the dark blue rough waters of the Atlantic rushing towards the shoreline of St Kitts, and on the other, the turquoise waters of the Caribbean gently lapping the sandy beaches…
Whatever you decide to do while on vacation in St Kitts, I recommend staying at the St Kitts Marriott Resort! You can find out more about the hotel here, and stay tuned for my upcoming review of this lovely property next week!
I visited the island of St Kitts during an all-expenses paid trip on behalf of the St Kitts Marriott Resort. All opinions are my own.