Live Your Best Life in St. Kitts and Nevis
Sometimes you want to escape and just relax — I know we can all relate to that. Luckily for me, I found that and more in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Staying in Nevis taught me the importance of being apart of a community. They are literally one big, happy family. It’s a small island and they tend to look after one another. It’s quite great if you ask me. The best part about being a tourist was that they welcomed us as if we were one of their own.
Everyone is so friendly! It’s the whole island mentality and lifestyle.
Our first encounter was when we ate at a Lebanese restaurant for lunch— great food, by the way. The owner Hasan was so pleasant. He shared his story of how he and his family found their way to Nevis and even offered to let us mingle with them at the beach later that day. Funny enough, he found us on the street walking to the beach the next day and gave us a lift. These people are so sweet.
I forgot to mention that a lady was going to offer us a ride after leaving Hasan’s restaurant when she realized we were waiting for a cab. She said cabs are too expensive and would’ve given us a lift if she wasn’t going in the opposite direction. She also wasn’t the last person who was kind of enough to offer us rides.
The beach was beautiful. Perfectly blue and not an ounce of crowdedness. Went for a stroll along the beach and made friends with some more locals. They were just coming to enjoy some sun and gave us some great recommendations. They told us we had to go to Sunshine’s and slowly sip on a Killer Bee — a rum punch with quite the punch. It’ll sneak up on you if you’re not paying attention.
Sunshine’s is the local spot to go to. Great food, drinks, and music. We got there after the kitchen closed but Sunshine (himself) offered to cook us up some wings — delectable! The hospitality here is just crazy! I guess it also helped that we made friends with Chilly.
He’s really great for fishing and water activities. He’s the guy to call on the island when you want to find some fun around St. Kitts and Nevis.
He brought my friends and I to a snorkeling spot and Reggae Beach in St. Kitts. I’m not sure what I enjoyed more at Reggae Beach: their mango colada or a Temple University t-shirt on display with other school flags and sport teams…I’ll say Temple getting represented cause I didn’t find anything Temple at Sunshine’s. However, I did find a Maryland state flag. Felt proud.
If you see a house with a mailbox, they’re rich and probably American. There’s a small area that’s considered the “Beverly Hills” of Nevis, where Americans live with mailboxes, while the rest of town doesn’t have one (according to one local). The reason is because they don’t feel comfortable with the mailman coming to their house. But once they familiarize themselves with the mailman, they then let them come to their homes. And as for the rest of the island, they’re one united community.
Sheep, donkeys, monkeys, roosters, etc. roam around freely. Only time you really see donkeys are at night. The asphalt is too hot for donkeys during the day, so that’s why you mainly see them at night and usually in someone’s trash.
Coconuts are kind of hard to come by. Our Rasta friend, I-Roy, gave us a history on it: Nevis had plentiful coconuts all over the island until a disease took them out. So depending on the type of coconut, some are easier to grow, while the ones the island had are more susceptible to getting taken out. Also learned that sometimes they’ll stick a fork in a coconut tree so it’ll help with the growth and keep it strong.
Hot Springs are a must go to. These things are really incredible. There are 5 that are really in use that locals and tourists go to alike. The best part is that they’re free and hella relaxing. Each hot spring holds a different temperature. So hop around and choose which one best suits you. Also, don’t be surprised if you catch a local naked and/or bathing in it. I saw it for myself and he seemed unbothered. So all good with me.
- The airport (SKB) is a stickler for liquids; make sure to pack enough to fit in one plastic bag. Otherwise you’ll have to throw them out or go back through customs and buy a bag if you don’t have one.
- Mosquitos are not your friend; have repellent.
- Port Zante in St. Kitts is where you wanna be if you want to do some shopping.
- They do take USD, so no need to convert, though it would make things a little easier.
- You can take a ferry to get you from one island to the other (approx. 45 mins) but if you pay a little more, you can take a speed boat that’ll get you there in approx. 8 mins.
So all in all, if you’re looking for a chill place to relax and have fun, St. Kitts and Nevis is the place for you.
Let me know what places you want to hear about next!