St. Kitts

St. Kitts, A Paradise Revealed

st kitts12 St. KittsPreviously identified as Saint Christopher, many regard this particular tropical island as being the gem of the Caribbean. Founded by Christopher Columbus in 1493, during  Columbus’s second trip to the new world. Columbus titled the island St. Joerges. As a consequence of mistakes within cartography back then, naming of the islands had been very difficult. The island evolved into St. Christobel, (named after Columbus’s guardian saint ), and later it was altered to Saint Christopher, and then shortened in the modern day to St. Kitts.
Around 1623, Englishman Thomas Warner landed on the island and staked a claim for Britain. He then developed a colony on St. Christopher. One year later, it grew to become the very first British Territory within the West Indies.

In the year 1625, a French ship, in serious need of repair after running into the Spanish Armada, appeared in the harbour. After taking pity on them, Warner allowed them to land on St. Kitts. Thus, St. Christopher also became the first French colony in the West Indies.
Being one of the Leeward Islands, it is situated approximately 1300 miles southeast of Miami Florida. Having a population of approximately 35, 000, St. Kitts is only about eighteen miles long and five miles wide. As is true with many Caribbean Islands, St. Kitts was formed by volcanic eruptions. It is still possible to still discover remnants of it’s creation in the community named Black Rocks.

St. Kitts is the home of  Brimstone Hill Fortress, the greatest fortresses ever constructed in the Eastern Caribbean. It has been declared a World Heritage Site.  One hundred years in the construction, it it one of the largest fortresses in the Caribbean.  The architecture of the site is absolutely amazing!brimstone hill fortress St. Kitts
This photo of St. Kitts and Nevis is courtesy of TripAdvisorfort

It allows for every bit of rainfall to be used and stored through channels and cisterns.  Great care was taken in it’s design to allow carts and horses easy traverse up to the gates.  It is amazing this huge fort could be built with no power tools, and limited hand tools.  It is a must see for anyone coming to St. Kitts!

St. Kitts is, in addition, the location of Warner Park Cricket Stadium. This is the location where the 2007 World Cup matches were hosted. This particular variation causes it to be the smallest country to ever host a World Cup Event.

In 1967 St. Kitts, coupled with it’s sister Island Nevis, became an associated state of England to become absolutely sovreign, whilst gaining full  independent standing in 1983.  This event is celebrated in full regalia every September 19th.

St. Kitts offers a lot to the visitor, with intriguing coves, hiking trails, spectacular vistas, and beautiful beaches graced by palms. There is so much to see, it hardly leaves time to go to Brimstone Hill Fortress, Romney Estate , Mt. Liamuiga, and the various other sights.  But these places are amazing and should be visited.  The gardens at Romney Estate are some of the most beautiful you will ever find.  It is also home to Caribelle Batik where you will find demonstrations on dying  fabrics, using age-old methods, that have become a trademark of the Caribbean.  The hike up the Mt. Liamuiga volcano is not for the faint of heart.  But for those with the stamina to do it will be rewarded with magnificent views and an experience they will never forget.

caribelle batik St. Kitts

The island train line, which was constructed to be able to carry sugar cane from the fields to the refinement factory, is really a “must do”. Formally dubbed “The Scenic Railway“, it’s purpose today is to move tourists around to the large variety of beautiful sites on the island. It does sell out early, for that reason you should put this on your “to do” list, and book on-line before you go.
Whatever you decide to experience while there, will likely make your stay a delightful experience, and will leave you with a desire to return.

Though the important and lovely capital, Basseterre, most certainly ought to be the most-visited place on St. Kitts, there are a lot of cities across the tropical isle that provide unique travel related prospects. One particular place is the tranquil city of Cayon, a town on the coast resting in a very lush beach front valley just one or two miles outside of Basseterre. Although the sights, as well as pleasing spirit connected with Cayon, is adored throughout the year, the town is an especially exciting choice during the annual latter part of the spring party known as the Green Valley Festival . Irrespective of remaining little-known away from St. Kitts, the Green Valley Festival really is the island’s second-biggest event, right behind the very popular nationwide Carnival party. The National Carnival happens Carnival St. Kittsduring the end of December and lasts until well into the first week of January.  Very much like Mardi Gras it is a wonderful celebration.  Gorgeous costumes, folk lore, parades, concerts, and J’Ouvert help make this a very exciting time in St. Kitts.
The nationals of St. Kitts are among the friendliest individuals in the Caribbean. Generally speaking, they’re warm, cheerful, and pleased to make your visit an enjoyable one. They’re also a very spiritual people. You will discover even the tiniest towns have got lots of places of worship and have particularly regular participation.
You will find St. Kitts is a genuine tropical paradise! Amazing landscapes, warm and friendly people, and lots of fascinating history.  I feel blessed to be able to call this home!

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