St. Kitts is actually a nickname for the Caribbean island which is really St. Christopher’s (named by Christopher Columbus, who didn’t set foot on the island, but sailed past it in 1493). The island soon became a British territory and was fought over for years due to its coveted fertile soil, perfect for growing sugar cane. Today you can visit this beautiful island and walk in the footsteps of history. Cruise to St. Kitts to experience all of this the beautiful land, from hikes in the rainforest to snorkeling off the coast. Don’t forget to visit Nevis, St. Kitts’ sister island located a 45-minute ferry ride away. Listed below are a few ways to make the most of your cruise to St. Kitts:
- Climb up the steepest set of 27 steps you’ll ever ascend to get to the Brimstone Hill Fortress. This fort was used by the British and offers spectacular views of the island and its neighbors. Here you can also learn about St. Kitts’ history.
- Take in the beauty of the island at the Fairview Great House and Botanical Gardens. This restored house offers beautiful views of the local flora and the Caribbean Sea.
- Ride around the island on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway. This open air train offers amazing views of the island’s beautiful landscapes. The train was originally used to transport sugar cane from the plantations to the factories in Basseterre.
- Learn about the uncharacteristic early life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the U.S. who can be seen on the $10 bill. He was born and raised in Nevis.