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Saint Kitts, also known more formally as Saint Christopher Island, is an island in the West Indies. The west side of the island borders the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. Saint Kitts and the neighbouring island of Nevis constitute one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The island is one of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. It is situated about 2,100 km (1,300 mi) southeast of Miami, Florida. The land area of St. Kitts is about 168 km2 (65 sq mi), being approximately 29 km (18 mi) long and on average about 8 km (5.0 mi) across.
Saint Kitts has a population of around 45,000, the majority of whom are mainly of African descent. The primary language is English, with a literacy rate of approximately 98%. Residents call themselves Kittitians.
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest fortress ever built in the Eastern Caribbean. The island of Saint Kitts is home to the Warner Park Cricket Stadium, which was used to host 2007 Cricket World Cup matches. This made St. Kitts and Nevis the smallest nation to ever host a World Cup event. Saint Kitts is also home to several institutions of higher education, including Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Windsor University School of Medicine, and the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
St. Pauls is located approximately 14 miles from the capital city of Saint Kitts, Basseterre and is a short 25 minutes ride by car. It marks the 1/2 point of the Island which is 68 square miles.
The community of St. Pauls provides the tourist with the opportunity to experience typical St. Kitts life, in a relaxed safe environment. Talk to a local fisherman, taste a stalk of sugar cane, enjoy a drink in a local bar.
St. Pauls is the home of the former Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Attractions Close to St. Pauls
There are many attractions located in close proximity to St. Pauls, ensuring tourists have plenty of activities to keep them busy.
Dieppe Bay Beach
The volcanic black sand on Dieppe Bay Sparkles with gold flecks. An off shore reef makes the waters calm and perfect for swimming. A lovely grove of palm trees provides welcome shade. a hotel and restaurant near by can provide refreshments for your relaxing time at the beach.
Remnants of St. Kitts once active volcano, Mount Liamuiga, can be seen at Black Rocks. Imagine the explosion of the volcano that sent searing hot lava down into the sea, forming strange rock formations. Marvel at the beautiful ebony cliff-side, formed years ago. A truly majestic scene as the sea crashes onto the rocks.
Rainforest at the top of Mount Liamuiga
The trail to the top of Mount Liamuiga near St. Pauls. Entering the rain forest is like opening the door to a world of cool wonder and mistery. At the lower part of the trail, one finds large old mango trees reminding us that these were once sugar cane fields. Higher up, the trees form a canopy, which creates the lush tropical atmosphere. Cabbage palms, giant fern trees and mahogany. A great site for tree lovers. Once you reach the top of the rainforest, you can hike down into the crater and explore the interesting terrain.
St. Kitts and Nevis are renowned for the green vervet monkeys. These playful creatures are a delight to observe as they search for food, climb trees or sit and watch their human visitors.
Brimstone Hill Historic Fort
Brimstone Hill was named after the sulfur in the cliffs that lead up to the Fort. It is the second largest historic Fort in the region. This massive Fort covers 38 acres and rises almost 800 feet above the sea level. It was designed by british military engineers and build by African slaves. The construction began in 1690. The Fort is steeped in history. This treasured heritage site, which once was a coveted prize for the British and French is a major attraction. The Citadel which is structurally and architecturally of world significance, has remained virtually intact. Buildings have been skillfully reconstructed, restored and adapted, and now accommodate a Canteen, Gift Shop and Visitor’s Center.
Interesting museum displays, and audio-visual presentation on the history and development of the Fort, well maintained structures coupled with breathtaking vistas and a serene atmosphere make Brimstone Hill more than just another Fort.
Other Activities in St. Kitts
When you are ready to venture out of the St. Pauls area, there are still lots of great things to see and do.
- Beaches, Beaches, Beaches on the S.E. Peninsula
- Helicopter rides
- Scuba Diving
- Water Sports
- Mountain biking
- Catamaran trips
- Tour of the Sugar factory, see how the cane becomes the sweet product that lead to our nickname “Sugar City”.
- Tour of the brewery for Carib Beer
- Plantation Houses
- Saturday morning Market in Basseterre
- Natures Kingdom, where you can see local birds, animals and plants
- Art Gallery
- Beautifull Churches
- Petroglyphs in the town of Old Road, left by the earliest inhabitants, the Carib Indians
- Caribelle Batik where local artists transform Sea Island Cotton into stunning works of art
- The magnific