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10 views of St Kitts that would make the perfect postcard

10 postcard views of St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

For my first visit to the Caribbean I couldn’t have done much better than St Kitts, one half of the St Kitts and Nevis nation that likes to be known as “two islands, one paradise”. St Kitts is the larger of the two islands, relaxed and unspoiled and a great choice if you are looking for an authentic Caribbean experience.

10 postcard views of St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Since the island stopped producing sugar 15 years ago, large areas of land have been left uncultivated, creating a lush, green landscape where views of the sea are never far away. If you are thinking of visiting St Kitts, here are some of my favourite ‘postcard’ shots that will tempt you to go sooner rather than later.

Timothy Hill and the South East Peninsula

Driving out of Basseterre, the road to the south-east peninsula takes you over the crest of the hill to get this fabulous view from the top of Timothy Hill. On either side of the narrowest point of the peninsula you can look down on the beaches of Friar’s Bay North and South and in the distance the island of Nevis rises with cloud hanging over its peak. The photo might give the impression that I was standing all alone but in fact as with many postcard viewpoints, there was a busy parking area where all the tours stop and a few souvenir stands thrown in. Still let’s preserve the illusion of calm and tranquility shall we?

View from Timothy Hill Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

View from Timothy Hill

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Overlooking Frigate Bay and the Marriott Resort

While most people take the popular photo from Timothy Hill looking down towards the south-east peninsula, I suspect most forget to look in the opposite direction where there’s a great view over Frigate Bay and the island capital of Basseterre. On the Atlantic side is the Marriott Resort hotel and the beach at North Frigate Bay. While the beaches on the Atlantic coast are normally too rough for swimming, there is a breakwater in front of the Marriott that ensures the beach is safe and calm for swimming.

View of Frigate Bay from Timothy Hill on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

View of Frigate Bay from Timothy Hill on St Kitts

The Marina at Christophe Harbour

As you continue driving down the south- east peninsula, you’ll look down on the Christophe Harbour development which will bring more facilities to this part of St Kitts over the next year or two. At the moment there’s still construction going on around the marina, but as you approach from the hill above, you can look down and see the super yachts already making use of what was once a salt lake before it was dredged to make the marina.

View of Christophe Harbour on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

View of Christophe Harbour on St Kitts

Friar’s Bay looking towards Shipwreck Beach Bar

Friar’s Bay is one of the nicest beaches on St Kitts, with a long stretch of golden sand and a couple of great beach bars. At one end you’ll find the upmarket Carambola Beach Club with a terrace restaurant, shady seating and plenty of sunloungers, while at the other is the more rustic Shipwreck Beach Bar with a chilled atmosphere serving food and drink all day. Watch out for the monkeys that live near the beach bar.

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Friar's Bay beach on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Friar’s Bay beach on St Kitts

The Old Sugar Mill near Kittitian Hill

All around the island you’ll see ruins of the old sugar mills, with tumble down stone buildings and conical windmills. The windmills drove the metal wheel that crushed the cane, which was then boiled down in the huge copper pans to make the sugar that was the main industry of St Kitts until only 15 years ago. I spotted this old mill on the northern coast road close to Arthur’s beach bar and the Kittitian Hill estate and hopped over the gate into the overgrown grounds to take an atmospheric photo with the clouds brooding on the slopes of Mount Liamuiga.

Sugar mill on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Sugar mill on St Kitts

Brimstone Fort

The fort, set high on Brimstone Hill is part of St Kitts’ colonial heritage from the 17th and 18th century when the British and the French struggled to dominate the rich sugar islands of the Caribbean. The best views are from the stone citadel where you can walk around the ramparts with canons pointing  in all directions and the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius in the distance.

Brimstone Fort on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Brimstone Fort on St Kitts

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Ottley’s Plantation Inn

I stayed at Ottley’s Plantation Inn, the only old plantation inn of its kind on St Kitts, although there are a few other plantation hotels on Nevis. The hotel is family run and preserves an old world charm of the plantation lifestyle in elegance and tranquility with beautifully kept gardens. There’s a nature walk that runs through the rainforest, but I mostly enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and views of the sea from my cottage window.

Ottleys Plantation Inn on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Ottleys Plantation Inn on St Kitts

The Pavilion and Sandy Bank Bay

The Pavilion is the private clubhouse for the Christophe Harbour development of villas and bungalows and the landscaped gardens and pool area overlook one of the most untouched beaches on the island at Sandy Bank Bay. Being on the Atlantic side the public beach is not recommended to swim due to the heavy waves, although you’ll sometimes find students surfing here, but it makes a gorgeous spot to look out to sea. Does this sunlounger have your name on it?

The Pavilion on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Pavilion and Sandy Bank Bay on St Kitts

Independence Square in Basseterre

This tranquil grassy square with trees and shrubs is the place in Basseterre where the locals go to relax and hang out. But the pretty view hides a darker history, since this was once the slave market, where slaves were bought and sold. Look at the old stone and wood buildings around the square and you’ll see small grilles and doorways at pavement level, leading to the basement rooms where slaves would sleep. On market day they would be brought into the square, washed in the fountain and then their skin oiled for the best appearance. For those who enjoy art and colour be sure to pop into the charming Gallery on the Square, one of the oldest buildings around the square, where you’ll find the work of local artists and a small cafe.

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Independence Square on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Independence Square on St Kitts

Sunset at Salt Plage

Salt Plage is a sophisticated beach bar, part of the Christophe Harbour development, that is one of the favourite spots for both locals and visitors to watch the sunset. Take a seat on the deck or the jetty, order a cold beer or a cocktail like the Mauby Mule and enjoy the mellow reggae – there was a live band when we were there. Order the best burger on the island or some sugarcane shrimps and you’re all set to watch the sun go down.

Sunset at Salt Plage on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Sunset at Salt Plage on St Kitts

Have you visited St Kitts and if so, what was your favourite view?

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Visitor Information for St Kitts

To plan your visit to St Kitts check out the tourism board website at www.stkittstourism.kn or follow their social media channels: Twitter @StKittsTourism | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | Pinterest |

British Airways flies to St Kitts from London Gatwick twice a week on Saturdays and Wednesdays with the flight going on to nearby Antigua. There are regular ferries every day to Nevis, with a journey time of 45 minutes from Basseterre, making it easy to plan a combined stay on both islands.

To start and end your holiday on St Kitts in style, the YU Lounge offers a private terminal at the airport. A private car will meet you from the plane and whisk you to the luxurious lounge where snacks and drinks are available. While you are waiting your luggage will be picked up and you’ll be cleared through security by the YU Lounge staff.

While on St Kitts, Heather stayed at the boutique Rockhaven bed and breakfast, the comfortable and colourful Ocean Terrace Inn in Basseterre, and the elegant Ottley’s Plantation Inn. Check out prices and book hotels on St Kitts via Booking.com.

Thanks to St Kitts Tourism for hosting Heather’s visit to St Kitts.

This article is originally published at Heatheronhertravels.com – Read the original article here

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    The Guy Who Flies
    March 18, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Postcards indeed, this is picture perfect and I’m sure would make a wonderful place to visit. Hopefully I’ll get this experience one day.

    I love the name of the Shipwreck Beach Bar 🙂
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    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      March 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      @theguywhoflies Hope you get to St Kitts, it’s a lovely island

  • Reply
    Tina
    March 21, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Those pictures are awesome. Postcards indeed.

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      March 21, 2016 at 10:16 am

      @Tina Thanks – there are some very pretty views on St Kitts

  • Reply
    Kathryn Burrington
    March 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I’m off to St Kitts next month and can’t wait to photograph some of these lovely views. Don’t know where I;m staying yet but I won’t be disappointed if the Ottley’s Plantation Inn is on the list. Looks lovely.
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      Heather Cowper
      March 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      @Kathryn I know you’ll have a great time, hope you can stay at Ottley’s as it has a lovely atmosphere

  • Reply
    Mary @ Green Global Travel
    April 12, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Those are some lovely views of the island! Also, great information about what to see on St. Kitts. Hopefully, the monkeys at Shipwreck Beach Bar weren’t too much of a disturbance.

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      April 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      @Mary Thanks, those monkeys look cute but they can be a bit aggressive if you get too near

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