As a Canadian, the vacation planning to escape frigid conditions starts in November (okay, September). We’ve been lucky to have such a mild fall so far (thanks Global Warming) but is this karmic retribution for negative double digit numbers on the thermometer in January?
Most Canadians jet over to Cuba, the Dominican Republic or Mexico. These are great destinations and if you want an all inclusive that’s quick and easy, it’s a good way to go. That said, I had the opportunity to visit St. Kitts last year and it alerted me to a whole new meaning of “chill.”‘ The only thing that wasn’t chill was routing through Miami Airport to get to the island. BUT NOW…Air Canada will be flying DIRECT to St. Kitts starting on December 24. Huzzah!
I wanted to share a few of the highlights of my stay should you be planning St. Kitts as a vacation destination in the near future.
We were really lucky to be invited down from the St. Kitts Marriott and they treated us like royalty. We each got our own rooms with king sized beds and it was like laying down in a pillow of marshmallows every night. We also got our own private balcony which is great if you want a little shade to read and overlook the resort or imbibe in your room at moonlight (and I did see a spectacular moon on my visit there). And the food! Though it’s not an all-inclusive, the restaurants here are worth your dollar (and I’m not just saying this). They really do go all out and the quality here is way better than you might get in other destinations. There is a great spa on site (I had a bamboo massage which I wrote about on Trip Atlas) and a few pools as well as the ocean to swim in.
While there is plenty of time to rest and relax, those seeking adventure will get it. We got to hike up to a dormant volcano on Mount Liamuiga and the view of the landscape is completely worth the two hour hike up plus a great workout! We also went zip lining, another great way to see the flora and fauna from below. The guys make it super fun too (and can scream like little girls!).
As above, the view of Mount Liamuiga is totally worth it. Luckily, I got my glamour shot!
Driving around the island is also a fun activity. We were able to make a pit stop at the Black Rocks. This is a great place for a mini picnic, to grab a beer for $2 and take in the landscape. Other stops include the plantations including Rawlins and Ottleys.
The ocean here is fantastic. Water is all around and you can definitely see some incredible views from Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Did you know its formal name, St. Christopher, was settled by both the English and the French?
I had a truly relaxing time on the island. Whether it’s limin’ on the strip and imbibing on a ting with a sting or going beach side with a great meal at the Spice Mill, St. Kitts is an alternative destination to other touristed islands. And it’s developing…fast. So I recommend you get here sooner than later!