St. Kitts

To be honest, I had never heard of St. Kitts before we booked our Eastern caribbean cruise, and I didn’t find too much information that made me excited to visit when I was planning our day trip. Imagine my surprise when I woke up in the morning and came outside to this beautiful view:

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Beautiful mountains on St. Kitts.

I think St. Kitts is even prettier than St. Maarten. The green mountains contrasting with the beautiful blue water is really something that takes your breath away.

We got off the boat that morning with very little idea of what we actually wanted to do. After a day of beach hopping in St. Maarten, we knew we preferred to choose one place to visit and stick with it. I had two options planned – we were either going to climb Mount Liamuiga, or relax on South Friar’s Beach. After reading a lot of reviews about Mt. Liamuiga, I decided against it. Apparently it’s a really tough 2 hour hike, but people say the view is worth it. To us, relaxing on the beach just sounded so much more appealing that day.

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St. Kitts Port.

We headed towards a taxi with every intention of going to South Friars Beach, but after listening to what the locals had to say at the port, we were convinced that Cockleshell Beach was a better option. I’m so glad we changed our minds! South Friars Bay is a whole lot closer to the cruise terminal in Basseterre (the capital), but Cockleshell Beach is worth the drive. The beach is 2 miles long, so even though there was a pretty good crowd there, the beach felt empty.

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The drive from the the Port to Cockleshell Beach is about one hour.

Once I got used to having to drive on the wrong side of the road, the drive was actually one of my favorite parts of the trip.  We got to see a lot more of the island than I originally expected we would. Our driver was awesome – he doubled as a tour guide and had lots of stories to tell and random facts about everything we passed. He even stopped at one point during the drive to let us take a picture of where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea on the island!

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The Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea.

When we arrived at the beach, there were a lot of different beach shacks for us to rent chairs and umbrellas from; we walked up and down the whole beach, then chose No Limit Beach Bar. Their sign says all you need to know:

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No Limit Beach Bar, Cockleshell Beach, St. Kitts

The cheap beer that the sign references is Carib, a locally brewed beer. It was good! Better than my Bud Light that I normally drink on the beach anyway…

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Carib > Bud Light

The bar had that really laid-back, chill vibe that you expect from the Caribbean. We loved it, and I guess a lot of other people do too because there are names signed all over the walls. We made sure to add ours before we left. I really hope Hurricane Irma didn’t destroy it, and we will get to go back one day and see it again!

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Leaving our mark (didn’t mean to flip off the camera)
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Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great for a lot of the day. There was a constant drizzle throughout the morning. James, who runs No Limit Beach Bar, informed us that we actually chose a pretty bad time to visit the caribbean. We are newbies to the caribbean, so I had no idea that their rainy season starts in June and doesn’t end until hurricane season is over in October! According to him, the best time to visit the caribbean is December through April. I tucked that information in my back pocket for any future visits there.

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The rain didn’t take away from our beautiful view.

The rain did eventually clear up, and we were able to soak up some sun and do some snorkeling before it was time to leave.

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Clearly in my happy place.

I will say one nice thing about Cockleshell Beach was that there seemed to be very few locals trying to sell things to us. The only time we ran into trouble with that was at the port – Bryant couldn’t say no to holding a monkey.

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One of the hundreds of monkeys in St. Kitts.

Before re-boarding the cruise ship, we stopped for a bite to eat at Twist Restaurant and Bar, a restaurant at the port. We sat on the balcony and had a pretty good view of all the shops and things to do there. The drinks were great and the food was good. It was a nice way to unwind and wrap up our day in St. Kitts.

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Our view from Twist Restaurant and Bar.

I’ll admit, I didn’t have high expectations for St. Kitts, but I was so pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the island. I’d love to go back there for longer than one day. With that, I’ll leave you with more of our pictures of the island; they showcase it’s beauty way better than I could ever describe it!

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2 thoughts on “St. Kitts

  1. I am always heartened when I come across reviews on St. Kitts… first off your camera did an excellent job at capturing the beauty of my island. The photos are fantastic!!!!! 👏👏

    Secondly, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip, I live here and I have never been to No Limit Bar, but James is right about the best times to visit. You didn’t even graze the iceberg of the many fun things you could do here … next time you plan a trip you should hit me up!😊😊😊

    So wait a minute, you mean you’ve never ever heard of St. Kitts…?!?!?!?!🙉🙉🙉🙉 thank heavens you took an Eastern Caribbean cruise, now you can brag about us to your friends…☺☺☺☺

    The monkey business can be really annoying and I know those guys can be desperately pushy. Glad you fared well. By the way Mt. Liamigua is Amazing!!!!

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