St. Kitts: Bring the kids - there's something for everyone
The view toward the Southeast Peninsula; to the left is the Atlantic and only a meter away, the Caribbean.
Sure, St. Kitts attracts its share of the monied yachting crowd, but with its calm, safe beaches (uncrowded, our favorite kind!), friendly locals, and activities that include everything from volcano hikes to narrow-gauge train rides, there's no reason to leave the kids at home.
St. Kitts is just beginning to show signs of a growing tourist industry that took hold decades ago on most other Caribbean islands. When the last sugar plantation was shuttered in 2005 after centuries of cultivation and production (sugar defines the arc of the island’s history), St. Kitts realized that tourism was its next big hope. Yet development has progressed at a mostly thoughtful, restrained pace – making the tiniest sovereign state in the Americas a great choice if you want to leave the outside world behind and set your watch to island time.
St. Kitts was the first Caribbean island to have English and French colonies (hence it's name "Mother Colony of the West Indies), and nothing has shaped the island more than its sugar plantations – the African slaves brought over to work on them. Remnants of the sugar industry are still visible scattered across the island, such as the ruins of stone windmills that once provided the power to crush sugar cane into molasses and rum.