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The five best day trips in St. Kitts

Ditch the hotel for the day and discover the best things to see and do around the island

By Time Out in association with British Airways
michael stavaridis

Trek up to a volcanic crater

The towering Mount Liamuiga isn’t to be tackled by the faint of heart. Getting from the bottom to the top requires a good level of fitness and determination and the strength to scale sheer cliffsides. The sense of achievement when you reach the summit and gaze in awe at the huge crater lake makes it all worthwhile.

Explore the island by rail

St. Kitts’ railway was built in the mid 1920s to facilitate shipping of sugar cane from the island’s far-flung plantations to the sugar factory just outside of Basseterre. The tracks were repaired and modernised in the late 1990s after the sugar industry was closed, and now the Scenic Railway, known as ‘the last train in the Caribbean’, offers riders some appropriately sweet views of otherwise inaccessible areas of the island.

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Tour the island by taxi

Taxi drivers in St. Kitts go beyond the simple A to B service – hire one for the day and they’ll take you to hard-to-find parts of the island with AC comfort, snacks, jokes, and plenty of local history. Taxis can be arranged by your hotel or found at the Circus in central Basseterre and Port Zante on the Basseterre waterfront.

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Get hooked on fishing

The waters around St. Kitts are teeming with fish of all shapes and sizes. To catch them, take a day’s outing with one of the island’s fishing experts and you’re guaranteed a great day’s sport – whether or not you catch anything. They know where to look for the big ones, including shark, wahoo, tuna, marlin and king fish. Sam ‘The Man’ Lake is a local favourite.

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Get into the spirit with a rum tour

Rum, glorious rum is THE drink of the Caribbean. Find out how St. Kitts has aided the evolution of the drink with an outing to Clay Villa Estate, a former sugar plantation, where guests can sample three different Kittitian rums and a fruity rum punch. Texting all your mates afterwards to tell them how much you love them: optional.


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