It may be the Caribbean’s smallest and youngest nation but St Kitts and Nevis pack a wealth of cultural experiences into its tiny twin islands. Yes, here we are again. It is the weekend and the papers are full of travel pieces.
Throughout St Kitts – the unspoilt gem of the West Indies – you’ll find evidence of a rich history, from 700-year-old carvings left by Carib Indians to the elegant plantation houses of sugar-cane barons.
Many customs and place names may be familiar to visitors, as St Kitts was England’s “Mother Colony” in the West Indies.
The National Museum in the capital, Basseterre, does a fine job of bringing history alive, while the heritage sites are truly fascinating.
Brimstone Hill Fortress, perched high on a hill above clear blue waters, is a must-see. Elsewhere, the landscape is dotted with the barrel-like ruins of sugar mills, fine colonial estates and old Anglican churches. The Sugar Train, the last working railway in the West Indies, offers a unique and fun means of seeing the highlights.
The modern culture of St Kitts is every bit as engaging. A favourite pastime is “liming” – relaxing at the beachside bars, which attract locals and visitors alike.
There’s also a lively calendar of events, notably the annual Carnival, with its colourful floats and calypso contests (late November to the New Year) and the Music Festival (June 28-30) which this year features such top stars as Roberta Flack, Courtney Pine and Damian Marley.
You won’t find a zestier celebration anywhere.
For the original report go to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/travel/st-kitts/9260707/st-kitts-cultural-and-historic-attractions.html