It’s easier than ever to visit this underrated Caribbean island. Here’s why right now is the perfect time to travel to St. Kitts.
When it comes to Caribbean destinations, St. Kitts flies under the radar compared to more popular destinations like Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, which draw millions of tourists each year.
However, this island, which is the larger of the two making up the country of St. Kitts and Nevis, is actually one of the best destinations to visit in the Caribbean.
Here’s why you should add this off-path island to your travel bucket list:
1. A New Flight Makes It Easier To Visit
One of the reasons that St. Kitts remains an underrated tourist destination for Americans is because there are not many nonstop flights available from the United States.
However, JetBlue launched a brand-new route this week from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in Basseterre, St. Kitts.
The flights will be thrice weekly on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
This makes getting to St. Kitts easier than ever before, as it’s the first city in the Northeast to get a direct flight to St. Kitts. Nonstop flights are also available from Charlotte and Miami on American Airlines and Atlanta on Delta Air Lines.
2. The Biggest Cruise Season Yet
If you don’t want to commit to flying to St. Kitts and staying on the island, it’s also now easier than ever to visit the island on a Caribbean cruise and get a taste of what St. Kitts has to offer.
According to the Caribbean Journal, St. Kitts is set to have its biggest cruise season yet this winter.
Port Zante in St. Kitts is the fastest-growing cruise port in the region, set to receive 342 cruise ships in the upcoming season, including Royal Caribbean’s brand-new Icon of the Seas, which is currently the largest cruise ship in the world.
Cruise tourism has its pros and cons, but it will certainly make St. Kitts a hotspot in the Caribbean. It also makes it easier to visit this island destination.
3. Off The Beaten Path
If you’re looking for a Caribbean experience away from the crowds and the effects of mass tourism, St. Kitts is a great choice… for now.
Although this island paradise still remains underrated, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a major tourism hotspot, making right now the perfect time to visit.
In St. Kitts, you can enjoy pristine beaches with fewer crowds and experience an authentic slice of local life in a destination that doesn’t just cater to tourists.
If you’re looking for a destination in the Caribbean that’s still off the beaten path, St. Kitts is the perfect place to find a slice of island paradise.
4. Something For Everyone
St. Kitts is a unique destination in the Caribbean that offers something for every type of traveler. Obviously, there are beaches that are as beautiful as any beach in the Caribbean.
The best beaches on St. Kitts are located on the southern side of the island and include Cockleshell Beach, South Frigate Beach, and South Friars Beach.
But the island is also covered in lush rainforest, with hiking trails cut through the jungle and ziplines whizzing over the canopy. Or you can take a ride on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, a train that covers tracks once used for transporting sugar and the last rail line in the Caribbean.
If you’re up for an adventure, you can hike to the top of Mount Liamuiga, St. Kitts’ dormant volcano, for some truly stunning views.
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