Barbados beaches. Crystal clear Caribbean waters lapping soft, white powdery sand. Palm trees laden with ripe coconuts. Blue skies stretching into an endless horizon. West coast Barbados beaches have all that, and more. Did I mention the stunning sunsets? But on the Atlantic facing East coast Barbados is rugged, dramatic and altogether different. We took a mini Bajan road trip to check out the sightseeing on the wild side of Barbados.
Barbados in February. Does it get any better? White powdery sand, turquoise seas, wall-to-wall sunshine, rum punch and reggae. That’s what I was expecting from my first visit to Barbados in the Caribbean when we jetted off from a cold, grey Gatwick last month. The island was happy to oblige and ticked all the boxes but she also threw in a few happy surprises including the wonderful Barbados boutique hotel Cobblers Cove. and further round the island the wild and dramatic scenery of the East Coast beaches.
St Kitts, apart from being incredibly beautiful, has something to get everyone’s holiday vibe going. From adrenaline adventures and nature to luxury hot-spots and fabulous food, read on for the best things to do in St Kitts and Nevis…
If the words ‘Caribbean island’ conjure up images of palm fringed beaches, soft white sand and turquoise waters then I know the perfect place for a Caribbean break that won’t blow the budget. Timothy Beach Resort, St Kitts is a mere flip and a flop away from soft sand and the balmy waters of the Caribbean Sea and unlike many Caribbean hotels it won’t cost the earth.
Basseterre is the colourful, laid back, capital of St Kitts. It sits on the bay on the south-west coast of the island overlooking Port Zante where the cruise ships dock. The view of the bay is what you’ll see as you step onto the terrace of the aptly named Ocean Terrace Inn. I spent three nights at this newly renovated 4-star hotel during my visit to St Kitts and just had to stop a moment and soak up that colourful view every time I crossed the terrace.
What to eat in St Kitts? Well, the good news is you’re never far away from a great meal on St Kitts and Nevis. There’s a huge variety of tasty dishes on offer whether you’re looking for sizzling street food and casual beachside eating or high-end hotel and restaurant dining.
Wahoo and coconut dumplings at Arthur’s
With an entire coastline to fish from seafood is plentiful with catches of snapper, cod, mahi-mahi, wahoo, conch and lobster. Meat tends to be chicken, beef or goat. The volcano, which peaks in the middle of the island, is named Mount Liamuiga, which means ‘fertile land’. The volcanic soil helps greatly with the island’s crops. Dishes are served up with plenty of vegetables and a dash of Caribbean spice. So what to eat in St Kitts? Here’s what tickled my taste buds as I ate my way around the restaurants and beach bars of St Kitts and Nevis.