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KGB
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St.Kitts
      #1749495 - 10/15/17 05:12 PM (68.150.82.116)

Looking for the info on this island since our all time fav Sxm is no go for us this year. Any info and recommendations would be greatly appreciated as : accommodation, beaches and food.
Will be travelling in February 2018, 2 families, 4 adults and 2 kids. Here is the list of important things:
Accommodation - needs to be safe, secure, clean. Close to the water and restaurants. Close in a sense like Sxm 5-10 min drive.
The beach has to be something like Mullet, baie ruge, Simpson bay.
Food- I know that we probably won't find the same assortment as it was on Sxm, but it is also important to us.
Please folks pitch in as much as you can/know.
Thank you!

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Re: St.Kitts [Re: KGB]
      #1749497 - 10/15/17 05:34 PM (104.160.124.142)

Look at accommodations (resorts or rental villas and condos) in the Frigate Bay area. Depending on where in Frigate Bay you choose you'll be within walking distance (or 2 to 3 minute drive) of both Atlantic & Caribbean side beaches and a dozen or so restaurants and beach bars.

Or, if you don't mind driving a bit (say 15 to 30 minutes) to reach restaurants and shops look at villa rentals in Christophe Harbor and Turtle Beach.

Just so you know, the best "swimming beaches" (with facilities) on the island are at Frigate Bay, South Friars Beach and Cockleshell. Other nice swimming beaches (without facilities) are Whitehouse Bay and Major's Bay - all of the above are located on the island's southern peninsula.

Edited by Fletch (10/15/17 05:35 PM)


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Re: St.Kitts [Re: Fletch]
      #1749501 - 10/15/17 06:43 PM (71.33.139.102)

You might look at the neighboring island of Nevis - Still part of St. Kitts government wise. Nevis is very nice and laid back.

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Re: St.Kitts [Re: Maria_and_Steve]
      #1749520 - 10/16/17 12:33 AM (68.150.82.116)

I'm also considering the logistics - coming from Canada, we have a direct flight from Toronto to st Kitts, I understand that we have to take a ferry boat to Nevis?
Also, how do you compare prices on Sxm and St.Kitts - restaurant, bars, car rental -if needed?

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Re: St.Kitts [Re: Fletch]
      #1749521 - 10/16/17 12:43 AM (68.150.82.116)

Quote:

Fletch said:
Look at accommodations (resorts or rental villas and condos) in the Frigate Bay area. Depending on where in Frigate Bay you choose you'll be within walking distance (or 2 to 3 minute drive) of both Atlantic & Caribbean side beaches and a dozen or so restaurants and beach bars.

Or, if you don't mind driving a bit (say 15 to 30 minutes) to reach restaurants and shops look at villa rentals in Christophe Harbor and Turtle Beach.

Just so you know, the best "swimming beaches" (with facilities) on the island are at Frigate Bay, South Friars Beach and Cockleshell. Other nice swimming beaches (without facilities) are Whitehouse Bay and Major's Bay - all of the above are located on the island's southern peninsula.



Great info, just what I need! Thank you very much!

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Re: St.Kitts [Re: KGB]
      #1749532 - 10/16/17 09:28 AM (104.160.124.142)

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KGB said:
I'm also considering the logistics - coming from Canada, we have a direct flight from Toronto to st Kitts, I understand that we have to take a ferry boat to Nevis?
Also, how do you compare prices on Sxm and St.Kitts - restaurant, bars, car rental -if needed?




Three basic options for travel between St. Kitts & Nevis are:

1) Passenger Ferry - leaves from the Port Zante Marina in Basseterre (10 minute taxi ride from airport) and goes to Charlestown. Crossing takes about 50 minutes. Usually runs on or very close to schedule. One-way cost (including Port Tax) is about $9US PP. DO NOT purchase R/T ticket as you might be on a ferry run by a different operator on your return trip, besides there is no cost savings. Go here for ferry schedules: http://www.explorenevis.com/nevis-ferry-schedules/

2. Seabridge Car Ferry - (also takes passengers). Leaves from Majors Bay on the southern tip of St. Kitts and drops off at Cades Bay on Nevis. If you don't have a rental car you'll need taxi to take you on 25 minute drive to Majors Bay and pre-arrange for a taxi upon arrival in Nevis as none will be waiting at the Seabridge Dock. Seabridge rarely runs on schedule.

3) Water Taxi from dock on southern peninsula to Oualie Beach on Nevis. If you take one of the scheduled water taxis cost will be $20US PP plus cost of land taxi to dock. Go here for details / reservations number: https://www.facebook.com/islander.watersports.1/

Prices on both islands are similar.


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Re: St.Kitts [Re: Fletch]
      #1751121 - 11/04/17 07:59 PM (76.103.78.60)

I'm also trying St Kitts as an alternate to sxm this year. Some great info here. Thank you for sharing.

There are 6 of us traveling. We usually rent a minivan for our sxm trip so we can travel to beaches and restaurants. Plan to do the same at St Kitts.

Can you recommend a good reliable rental shop? Don't want to reserve a minivan and arrive to find they don't have one. They're harder to source last minute than a standard sedan.

Thank you


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Re: St.Kitts [Re: Jga61]
      #1751140 - 11/05/17 08:26 AM (209.59.80.186)

All of the following have minivans - all are reputable companies:

Bullseye - https://www.bullseyecarrental.com - Consistently gets excellent reviews. You can't go wrong renting from this company.

Avis - http://www.avisstkitts.com - typical AVIS cars and service.

Thrifty (aka TDC) - https://tdcgroupltd.com/thrifty.asp - locally based company - been in business for 30+ years.

Express - https://xpressautorental.com - smaller independent company.


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Re: St.Kitts [Re: Fletch]
      #1751224 - 11/06/17 01:09 PM (75.104.64.128)

Thank you

One more thing checked off the pre-trip list.


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