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St Kitts Beaches

St Kitts Beaches are a mixture of two different waters; the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. This has created a unique blend of not only flora and fauna but also a different experience to the beaches in St Kitts. The Atlantic end is perfect for surfing and snorkeling while the Caribbean Sea is perfect to just lay back and watch time fade away. To the Sun, sand, sea an enjoyable day with the family, let’s go to the Beach! Clear waters and a laid-back atmosphere.

Cockleshell Bay

Most locals and visitors consider this the best among St Kitts’ beaches.  It has the most enticing views of Nevis , miles of powder white sand and the ultimate area for seclusion. You are sure to find clear, warm shallow waters that are family friendly. This is where the popular Reggae Beach Bar & Grill and Spice Mill Restaurant are located. So in no time, you can walk over for a bite.  It is also a popular area for Water sports such as hover boarding and stand paddle boarding.

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Photo credit: www.traveladdicts.net

Banana Bay 

As is with most of the beaches on the St Kitts peninsula, you will need a vehicle to get to this oasis. However upon arrival, you’ll be met with pristine waters, swaying coconut trees, soft sand and much deserved peace and quiet. If you are up to it, you may dabble into a little snorkeling. The beach boasted a wonderful hotel years ago, but was destroyed by the hurricane that visited St Kitts in 1988.

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Photo credit: www.beach.com

Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach is situated at the extreme end of the South East Peninsula. It is peaceful and boasts beautiful views of our sister island Nevis. The sea may be a little rough and not very suitable for the timid swimmer but it’s a good area to get great pictures.  It houses an excellent restaurant called The Beach House (open seasonally) and the Turtle Beach Hotel.

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Photo credit: www.tripadvisor.com

Conraee Beach

This strip of grey black sand is where the volcanic and the coral features of St Kitts meet. It is ideal for snorkeling as well as body surfing, however due to the turbulent water, may not be suitable for the less experienced swimmer. The area is a bit isolated and depending on the season you may or may not find local vendors selling food for lunch, so pack accordingly. Also, this beach is does not boast a rest room or changing facility.

Conaree Beach- St Kitts

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Dieppe Bay Beach

Dieppe Bay beach is located just on the outskirts of Dieppe Bay Town. It is known for its black sand beach with deep waters and is protected by a major reef, which is perfect for bathing. As home to a variety of marine life, the reef also makes for excellent snorkeling. It is also close to historical landmarks such as the Brimstone Hill Fortress, Fort Charles and Sandy Point National Marine Park. So you are free to go for a dip first or after, the choice is really yours. When you do settle for some sun, you’ll find the tanning process enhanced by the shiny volcanic sand that draws so many visitors to this exotic beach.

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Photo credit: www.beach.com

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is found downwind the Conaree Hills. It is perfect area to see pond and sea birds sighted mostly early mornings and late afternoons. The bay is enclosed by ponds between Half Moon Point and Muddy Point. Since it faces the Atlantic it is perfect for brisk swimming and is suitable for body-surfing. Although there are no facilities on this beach, the serenity is well worth the drive.

Half Moon Bay- St Kitts

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Pump Bay

Pump Bay is located in Sandy bay, 10 miles out of the country’s capital Basseterre to the north western edge of the island. It is a popular area and is perfect for snorkeling and diving. It is particularly suitable for young divers and snorkelers as the seas are less rough here. As this shiny black sand beach lies in the shadow of the Brimstone Hill Fortress it is a perfect break after the hike. There are no public facilities or restrooms available so travel prepared.

Pump Bay- St Kitts

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Turtle Bay

Turtle bay is popular among surfers because of the perfect conditions that allows for the sport. Additionally, it is pretty secluded so there no short of privacy.  Not to mention the great views of Nevis you’ll see as you dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

Turtle Bay- St Kitts

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North Frigate Beach

This beach is very popular as it is smacks on the property of the St Kitts Marriott’s Hotel which is located on the Atlantic side of St. Kitts. You’ll enjoy a relaxing time as well as water sporting activities such as windsurfing and surfing. Facilities are present, so you’re fine for changing and having a bath. Food can be purchased from vendors close by.

North Frigate Bay- St Kitts

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Sand Bank Bay Beach

Sand Bank Bay is situated close to Christophe Harbour, on the south eastern part of St Kitts. The waters are calm even though on the Atlantic Ocean; the rocks on the beach have broken up the waves creating a nice safe area to have some well-deserved sea fun. As with many of the beaches in St. Kitts, this too is secluded and restroom facilities are not present though you may seek access from nearby business places.

Sandy Bank Bay- St Kitts

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South Friars Bay Beach

As the saying goes, no visit to St. Kitts is really complete without making a visit to the South Friars Bay Beach. It is a popular spot not only because it is one of the best beaches in St Kitts, but also because it is home for the popular Shipwreck Bar and Grill. Other establishments such as Bikini Bar and Restaurant, and Sunset Beach Bar to name a few are also located on the beach. The area is very unique as it also holds a mangrove and a salt pond. As such it is a perfect area for watching birds or just for experiencing the features the area has to offer. For that it is referred to a hidden gem, not overly crowded but such a staple destination while on the island.

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South Frigate Bay Beach

This is the most popular beach, mainly because it is the closest of St Kitts’ beaches from the cruise port. The beach is a strip on sand sectioned off on both ends by Sir Timothy’s Hill, giving it a nice cozy feeling. This area is also referred to as the strip as it hosts some of the hottest bars on the island which is popular for tourists and locals alike.

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Photo credit: www.discover-stkitts-nevis-beaches.com

White House Bay

This beach is popular among snorkelers because of its rocky shores. It’s not perfect for beaches but a perfect haven for the fishes. Exploration takes place not only on the reef but also in a sunken tugboat and a sunken British troop ship that sunk during battle. The scenery is also breath-taking, giving clear views of the nearby ponds and of Guana point. It is perfect for a day of relaxation.

White House Bay- St Kitts

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Let’s go to the beach and explore…

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Rum Bottle Tree in Old Road St. Kitts

There are quite a few tourist attractions in Old Road St. Kitts, however, the one that drew our attention was the old tree with rum bottles hanging from it. Pondering what the history behind it was, we came to find out its significance is in no history book but just something people decided to do.

After drinking a bottle of rum the bottle was tied to a string and hang from the tree. This has been going on for years.  It is now a tourist destination. This my friends is somewhat a sight to see.

Tell us more do you know anything about this Rum Bottle Tree?

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rum bottle tree

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Island Life

Living on an island is a fantasy of many. Although most prefer to live the fast life here are few reasons why island living should become a reality. Island life has a pace that encourages you to stop and appreciate all the natural beauty around you. An unspoilt presence of relaxation, blue skies, clean air and long beaches. On the island you are surrounded by wild life; herds of goats and roaming cows. One may even come across families of mongoose or a few black bellied sheep.

Tranquillity is a guarantee 

St Kitts and Nevis is a perfect getaway to recharge your batteries. You may take a hike in our mountains to the rain forest or stop by the waterfalls. How about a stroll or well needed dip in our shallow and clean waters? With so many different activities to choose from, you won’t lack the comfort you desire.

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Unique 

Here it is warm but never too hot; a romantic destination and perfect spot for families. St. Kitts and Nevis can be whatever you want it to be. Fun filled activities, a step back from the hassle and bustle of the modern life. Here is an escape from the winter season and a taste of summer time all year around. Unspoilt, unpretentious, unforgettable, St. Kitts and Nevis is inspiringly different from other destinations.

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Photo credit: www.nevisisland.com

Island People

There are no strangers on either islands; just genuine people who are pleased to meet you. Everywhere you go you’ll receive a friendly greeting, a bright small and you are sure to leave with a friend or two. Light summer clothing may be worn all year, cool like summer breeze. That is exactly how the people are, just like the weather, cool and easy going as if they have no care.

Charming

Fantasy can be a reality, island life is a slice of paradise. St Kitts Nevis has a charm of its own. The quiet villages, unspoilt beaches and the various accommodations all combined add flavour to its unique appeal.

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St. Kitts and Nevis is one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean, we attract a particular type of visitor who appreciates something different, a finer quality of life. A warm welcome awaits you!

 

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The National Flag of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Our flag symbolizes the unity of our federation, it represents the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis without distinction of race, language, opinion or belief.

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Photo credit: www.colourbox.com

When Anguilla segregated from St Kitts and Nevis, a competition was held in the 1980’s to choose a new flag. Out of 258 entries Edris Lewis was able to capture best design. The flag was hoisted for the very first time on September 19, 1983 which was the day St Kitts and Nevis became independent.

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Photo credit: www.123rf.com

The flag is quite unique as the colours and symbols carry our cultural, political and regional beliefs. The Green represents fertile land, the Red evokes the fight for freedom against slavery and colonialism, Yellow represents our year round sunshine and Black our African heritage. Diagonally on the Black stands two White stars which symbolize hope and liberty.

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While we are on the Flag topic…did you know Nevis has a Flag of its own? It came about when Nevisians wanted to segregate from the sister island St. Kitts. However we are one federation and we share one flag.

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Photo credit: en.wikipedia.org

As we continue to raise our flag we proudly chant Fly in the sky let the whole world know Kittitians and Nevisians reside here!

 

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The National Bird (Brown Pelican)

Pelecanus Occidentalis, Brown Pelican or as we locals say the “booby” is the national bird of our twin island paradise. It is usually spotted on our coastlines as this bird is a lover of water. When young, it is brown on the head, neck and upper torso of the body, while white below. As it matures, the body becomes dark brown while the head turns white. Boobies are usually spotted in small flocks while feeding. They nest in colonies along the coast in low trees and bushes. This bird is an elegant bird with an oversized bill, sinuous neck, and big, dark body. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up.

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Photo credit: ismenvis.nic.in

See this interesting clip below showing how the Brown Pelican feeds.

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Top Ten (10) Things to Do on the Island of St. Kitts

 

Excitement, adventure, flora, fauna and a whole lot of fun, St. Kitts is the island to experience each one. Whether it be sun, sand or sea we have activities to keep you busy in the small island Sugar city. There’s so much to do, but see below our top 10 things to do on the island.

 

Nightlife

St. Kitts is the opposite of Nevis, there is always a lime and always something going on. The strip at Frigate Bay is a popular spot for hanging out as bars are open every night of the week! Right across the island local bars are worth checking out as well; it’s a sure way to make some local friends. Sky Ultra Lounge is the newest hip spot to be in St. Kitts, you simply cannot leaving the island before partying here.

 

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The Strip- Frigate Bay Photo credit: rumshopryan.com

Sky Ultra Lounge

Sights and Landmarks

St. Kitts is full of History, the capital itself was once a slave market. Tour Brimstone Hill, Bloody Point, The Black Rocks, Caribelle Batik factory, the beautiful architecture of our churches, ruins and many more places of significance to this rich historic island.

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Water sports Activities

We should all indulge in a little fun in the sun every once in a while. There are quite a variety of water activities offered randomly at the beaches or from actual water sports companies like Blue Water Safari’s. There is kite boarding, jet ski snorkel adventure, hover boarding, glass bottom kayaking, wake boarding, catamaran sails, and surfing to list a few.

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Photo credit: www.ub-cool.com

 

Zip Line/ATV Tours

Scream at the top of your lungs with the zip lining through the rain forest. This tour carries u high above the rain forest offering a panoramic view of the vegetation, neighbouring islands and historic sites as you fly across the sky. The ATV tours is just as exciting; it is a thrilling experience where you will be able to see sections of the island that most tourists may not get a  chance to see. The tour will take you deep into the rain forest, ensuring you get a chance to see beautiful ruins along the way. We won’t have to expound on how adventurous the ride itself is, we will leave you to figure that one out! You can definitely experience some of nature’s best kept secrets while exploring St Kitts on this Quad bike tour.

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Photo credit: angieaway.com

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Photo credit : www.shoretrips.com

 

Scenic Railway Tour

The St. Kitts Scenic Railway takes passengers on a 3-hour tour that makes a 30-mile circle around the beautiful Eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts. Eighteen (18) miles are covered by a narrow gauge train and the remaining twelve (12) miles on sightseeing buses. The railway was built between 1912 and 1926 to transport sugar cane from the island’s sugar plantations to the sugar factory in the capital city of Basseterre, today it is the “Last Railway in the West Indies” and provides visitors an unsurpassed opportunity to experience the scenery and culture of this unspoiled country.

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Photo credit: travel.aol.co.uk

 

Reggae Beach Bar and Grill

This beach bar was awarded one of the top 45 beach bars in the world. Go there to experience the amazing food, the ambiance and make some little friends (monkeys) who will occasionally sneak up for a drink or two.

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Festivals

St. Kitts is very unique as it is the only Caribbean island that combines its Christmas season with carnival festivities. We recently celebrated the 44 year of Sugar mas; people came from near and far to revel like never before for Sugar Mass 44. We cannot forget the yearly Music Festival which takes place in June; international and local artists come here to showcase their talent. It is truly an experience like no other.

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Photo credit: www.explorenevis.com

 

carnival

 

Shopping

St. Kitts has a variety shops for souvenirs, clothing, apparel or just window shopping.  Ensure you check out the shops at Port Zante where you’ll be able to buy duty free. For local fruits, vegetables or craft, you may visit the public market or from vendors on the side of the road.

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Museums

Visit the National Museum and be educated by what once was; see the artefacts and memorabilia of Sugar city.

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photo credit: www.stkittsheritage.com

 

Casinos & Gambling

How lucky are you? Test your luck at one of our casinos.

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A whirlwind of experience, a glimpse of paradise, (Nicha B voice) we can’t wait to have you here.

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Nicha B Represents St. Kitts and Nevis in Semi-Finals at International Soca Monarch Competition 2016

The International Soca Monarch Crown in Trinidad may just come to St. Kitts and Nevis as our National Soca Monarch Winner Nicha B has made it to the semi-finals!

 

 

If he progresses, Nicha B would make history as the first Kittitian to make the International Soca Monarch Finals, and create an even bigger uproar if he takes the title all together!

He will be performing in position #10 out of 59 semi-finalists at the International Soca Monarch 2016 Semi Finals Contest which will take place on Sunday January 17 at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

We are in full support of Nicha B and we definitely #CantWait to see him take home the title to the Federation!

 

A St. Kitts and Nevis Christmas

Christmas comes but once a year, spreading joys of good cheer. From the rum cakes baking in the oven, to the sweet sorrel on chill in the fridge, the revellers ready for mass, the bands jamming through the streets, the overjoyed children eager for gifts and excited to decorate the Christmas trees, the schools and churches with their Christmas programs, the towns lit in amazement with pretty bright colours, family and friends coming together for a big great feast, are bits and pieces to complete the puzzle of Christmas in both countries.

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Photo Credit: www.springdale.co

It is a fundamental fact that our Christmas here is very unique. We happen to be the only Caribbean island that celebrates the Christmas season with a blend of carnival festivities, cultural displays and our African heritage. For the past 40 years, thousands of nationals and tourists alike, have flocked Sugar City to party and soak up all the fun. Carnival has a huge impact on tourism. Concerts, fetes and street parties around this time are all very successful, given the huge influx of locals and tourists for the season. In fact, this is our busiest time of the year.

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Even though we all know SKN people love them belly….Christmas lunch is not the main reason why we love Christmas! It is a time when families come together preparing various dishes, enjoying each other’s company and drinking merrily until the wee hours of the morning. For those who celebrate Christmas as the birth of Christ, it is a time to reflect and celebrate the first coming of Jesus.

gingerbread house

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A Christmas here is not complete without the sweet sorrel and the ever so potent rum cake. A slice of cake and a sip of sorrel with some good music turns any yard into a dance floor.

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photo credit: www.travel2thecaribbeanblog.com

 

Naughty or nice the above listed are a few things to encourage you to Experience a St. Kitts and Nevis Christmas heartily. If you are not here, ensure you make it next year!

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Top Beverages To Try While in St. Kitts and Nevis

 

In St. Kitts and Nevis, as with any other Caribbean territory we are lovers of thirst quenching beverages. These local drinks are available pretty much all year round except for those available when in crop or in season, for example Christmas.

Here are a few local drinks made with fruits grown in our gardens, bought directly from the market or mixed specifically with secret ingredients.

The Sorrel Drink

During the Christmas season Kittitians and Nevisians are all fixated on eating, drinking and spending time with close family and friends. I am sure this is the same wherever you go. However here in the federation Christmas means Black Cake, Sorrel and more Sorrel! It is a deep reddish/purple fruit; found in backyard gardens or sold by the pound in the local markets. In other places such as India or Malaysia it is eaten as is, but here we use it to make a drink. Sorrel is not only rich in vitamin c but is used as a remedy for high blood pressure as prescribed by Herbal Practitioners. The whirlwind of flavours explodes in your mouth and surely makes it a Christmas to remember. It is boiled in water, and after cooling is mixed with cinnamon, ginger, sugar and rum! It is surely a unique taste and cannot be compared to anything else.

Sorrel

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Golden Apple Drink

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! This drink is usually made with green golden apples. It is blended with sugar, water and ginger. The ginger is the secret that adds to the wonderful flavour. This is definitely a great choice drink on a heated day on either islands.

 

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Mauby

Mauby is made by boiling a specific buckthorn bark, with sugar and a variety of spices. The beverage is made by adding water, usually to suit the drinker’s taste. It starts out sweet but ends with a bitter after taste; we like to say it is an acquired taste. Nevertheless it is extremely refreshing and is a favourite on both islands.

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Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is made from a turmeric root called ginger. The ginger is washed, peeled and grated. Water, cloves and lime (still in peel) are then added to make a mixture which is left to sit overnight for fermenting. The mixture is then strained and brown sugar is added to sweeten. This one is an old fashion beer but certainly a dynamite. Try it with ice on a hot sunny day.

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Soursop Drink

The soursop is a fruit shaped in the form of a heart. The skin is green with short stubs but falls off as it ripens. The colour changes to a lighter shade of green, when fully ripe. The belly of the fruit is white, and this is the section we use to make delicious delights such as ice-cream and the soursop drink. We also use the leaves (or bush as the locals call it) for tea. The drink is made by blending the soursop with water, milk and spices.  It is very creamy and thick but goes down smoothly. If you have never had soursop, we ask that you make this a must have drink once in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. I know you will enjoy this as much as we do!

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Photo Credit: phuongphapgiamcan.org

 

Sea Moss Drink

This one as we locals say “is good for you back”. It’s supposedly the miracle remedy for men who require an increase in strength and sexual stamina. Scientifically, Sea Moss is said to be a good source of thyroid hormones, filled with potassium, iodine and contains Algin which is good for detoxing of heavy metals. The sea moss is soaked overnight with lime juice. It is then cooked for over 30 minutes or until the mixture becomes more like jelly. The mixture is cooled, then milk and sugar are added. It also flavoured with angostura bitters.  This is best served chilled, or over ice.

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Sarsaparilla

This is a local homemade root beer which is very mildly alcoholic and is said to be very good for you. As the name suggests, it is made with sarsaparilla but mixed with other roots. The ingredients vary but maintains a similar taste. It is easily brewed by boiling the ingredients for about thirty minutes. The brew is allowed to cool then vanilla and ginger bug liquid are added for flavour and sweetness. Ensure you try the Sarsaparilla!

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Tamarind Drink

Tamarind is very sour but turns sweet as it ripens. Here within the Federation, the tamarind is eaten raw or mixed with sugar for a little snack we call tamarind balls. We also boil it  with sugar to form a puree called tamarind jam.  As this blog is about beverages, let us direct our focus there. You will need water, sugar and of course the main ingredient tamarind. Pour boiling water over the shelled tamarind and add the sugar. Cover and allow to stand several hours or overnight. Strain the tamarind juice through a strainer or clean cloth, then dilute with additional water and add more sugar or honey to taste. This is best served chilled or over ice.

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Photo Credit: caribbeanpot.com

The Killer Bee

It is a sweet rum punch that knocks you off your seat. True enough you will get stung, but not by a bug or bee. Get your taste buds ready for the Infamous Killer Bee Rum Punch at Sunshine’s Beach Bar. The Killer Bee cocktail is by far the most popular beverage on the island of Nevis. We however were not privy to obtaining the secret recipe of this infamous rum punch. For sure it contains lots of rum and nutmeg, which is the norm all around the island! Who knows, maybe you will be lucky to get the recipe and share with us!

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“Life’s Not All Beer and Skittles”, Experience St Kitts and Nevis local thirst quenchers and leave in awe with the after taste of what was a Tropical Fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar Mas Contestant Launch

Where will you be tonight (November 20, 2015) when the contestants in the upcoming SKN National Carnival shows and pageant introduce themselves to the world!?

Well, the advice we have for you is to #joinin the excitement to get to know all the contestants and even pick your fave for the upcoming season.

Check them out here first on the SKN Carnival Official Facebook Page .

See you at the Circus tonight!

The Circus St. Kitts

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