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What to Pack for my St Kitts and Nevis Trip

So, you’re planning to visit St. Kitts and Nevis. You’ve made your arrangements, booked your tickets and you are ready to pack your bags. You now have one problem…what exactly should you pack for your trip?

We wouldn’t want you to over pack or worst, pack blindly leaving the necessities….so below we have compiled a guide so that you are on the right track!travel-2-1415241
Travel Documents/Necessities

Your travel documents should be the first thing you pack when preparing to travel. This includes your passport, driver’s license etc. Before all of that though, you should ensure there is no need for a visa. See here to see If you will be needing one. Along with your credit cards keep a few US dollars with you, (It is widely and easily accepted without hassle) just in case your cards are not accepted or there is some unforeseen issue. Having cash on hand will suffice until the situation is rectified.

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Clothing

St. Kitts and Nevis are both warm countries all year round. It may get a little cool during the winter but no snow storms or blizzards…nothing to really scream about. Pack light breathable clothing that will keep you cool throughout your stay. These include, shorts, summer tops, cotton shirts, summer dresses, jeans etc. You may also want to take with you a pair of sneakers and clothes suitable for hiking. We’re sure u have no plans of flying all the way to St. Kitts and Nevis to stay huddled in the house, so lets have you adequately dressed for your adventures. Pack one or two formal outfits for maybe a party or dinner. Generally the attire for a formal restaurant is very laid back for men, no need for a tie or a jacket. For the ladies semi-formal is fine; as casual as she is comfortable.

Remember not to pack or wear camouflage clothing; wearing this is illegal in St. Kitts and Nevis.

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For the Beach

This is pretty explanatory but we’ll explain in detail. Though St. Kitts and Nevis (especially Nevis) are popular for beach seclusion, it is not a practice to go nude on the beaches. For the beach on a daily basis, pack as many swim suits and swim trunks as you like. If you are a diver, bringing along your wetsuit is a good idea. Generally, you may be able to buy them locally at a dive or swim shop, though a little more expensive than what you have gotten them for at home.

Don’t forget to bring some sun screen so you can minimize your tan…you may want to consider throwing in a pair of sunglasses as well. If you venture off on your own you may find beaches without changing or bathroom facilities. In these cases you will need to walk with your own towels etc. Towels can be borrowed from the hotels (once allowed) you are staying, so no need to pack those.

(Check out the top Beaches in St. Kitts and Nevis!)

 

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Accessories

Phones are equipped with good cameras these days but if you are a photo enthusiast, don’t forget to walk with your camera. Travel with an extra SD Card and batteries or your charger. If you do need a charger you may or may not be lucky to find one locally, leave at your own risk. Still on the topic of chargers, remember to grab the ones for your phones. You should know that outlets in SKN are Type A and Grounded Type A. If your local one is anything else, you will need to purchase an adapter.

Bring your books, kindle, tablets, etc. SKN is a place to relax and unwind, imagine laying on the sand enjoying your favorite pastime. Just great!

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Footwear

Comfortable shoes is absolutely necessary. Flip flops for the beach and for walking around, cute sandals to pair with your outfits, sneakers for hiking and one formal pair for dinner or a party.

 

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Miscellaneous

  • If you have prescriptions, it is a good idea to fill and stock up on enough to last you through your trip. While there are adequately stocked pharmacies on both St Kitts and Nevis, it may not have the exact type or brand that you require. So its better to be prepared. If you cannot avoid taking your prescription ensure to bring the contact information of your local doctor and a small note from him.
  • Although available locally, walk with a bug spray. You may need it before getting a chance to purchase from the shops.
  • Toiletries are usually provided by the hotel, but you may pack one or two if you are one who likes to be prepared no matter where they go.

 

Comment below, Tell us how we helped you to pack for your trip or what you are planning to pack that may not be apart of our list. Until next time….

 

 

 

 

Nevis Agriculture Fair 2016

The Nevis Agriculture Fair is an annual event that is held just before Easter. It showcases local produce, which include agriculture, arts, craft, food, manufactured items, drinks etc. See below for highlights of the fair. To see  full album, please click here.

Vervet Monkey

Local Art

Locally Manufactured Goods

Locally Made Sandals

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Really Cool Changes!

Hello there!

We’ve made some really cool changes to the Experience St. Kitts and Nevis App, here’s a little run down of what has changed and what to expect.

So first off, you’ll notice that the interface is a little different. Everything is pretty much straight forward so there is not much to figure out. We’ve also added new tabs like hotels, real estate, what to do etc. So you’ll have little to worry about when seeking accommodation as a tourist or for a stay-cation if you are a local. Also, you’ll definitely not have to worry about figuring out what to do. If you are lost (we do hope this never happens to you) or simply can’t really find your way….have no fear, you’ll be directed right to your destination! Isn’t that so cool?! It connects directly to google maps and VOILA!!!!….you’re there!

This app has so much to offer…from time to time our partners will be offering deals and you’ll get a heads up on upcoming events and happenings. That is definitely not something you would like to miss out on! But don’t let me just tell you, see for yourself. 🙂

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Carnival in St. Kitts and Nevis – Sugar Mass

Sugar Mass St. Kitts and Nevis, is unique because it is the only Carnival in the Caribbean that takes place during the Christmas season. For this reason, St. Kitts and Nevis is definitely the place to be during this time of the year.

The festivities are mostly held in St. Kitts during early November to early January. Nevis’ Culturama is held during July and August but are no less apart of the fun. Nationals and tourists alike from both islands take part in activities held on both territories! The season is filled with competitions (eg. Queen Show, Soca Monarch, Calypso Show), street parties, fetes, and street parades.

 

With the season winding down, and just a few activities left, will you be there?

 

Photo: The St. Kitts & Nevis Observer

Photo: The St. Kitts & Nevis Observer

 

 

Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism Authority

Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism Authority

 

 

Photo: Telegraph.co.uk

Photo: Telegraph.co.uk

 

 

Photo: St. Kitts Tourism

Photo: St. Kitts Tourism

 

 

Photo: ALAMY

Photo: ALAMY

 

 

 

 

SKN Christmas (Black) Cake featuring Mrs. Maurisha Walters

What’s Christmas without Christmas Cake? Just Christmas?  Well how about a St. Kitts and Nevis Christmas without Black Cake? Definitely a not Christmas at all!

We searched long and hard for a local who would be willing and eager to share probably his/her most treasured secret; The Black Cake Recipe.

Meet our very own local “Cake Boss”, Mrs. Maurisha Walters.  She is a Library Technician 3 at Gingerland Public Library in Nevis, but has a passion for baking and does so in her spare time. Risha welcomed me into her home and gave me a brief interview while allowing me to watch her work her Christmas cake magic.

Interviewer: Who taught you to bake? Did you go to culinary school?

Risha: My mother taught me to bake; as children we had no choice but to help in the kitchen. I was baking from the tender age of eight (8) years. She taught us to bake and she taught us to cook. If you came a little earlier you would have met her, she’s always here. (laughter)

Interviewer: Do you teach your children now to bake?

Risha: Yes I do. My eldest baked a plain cake for me once. I instructed him and he did a very good job.

Interviewer: Tell me about the awards you won.

Risha: I won trophies in the Nevis Agriculture Fruit Festival (2013) for two categories after entering for the first time. I won the light fruit category with a coconut custard cake as well as the heavy fruit category with a black cake. The black cake was decorated with the Flag of Nevis. All the fruit were made from scratch by my mother. She used wax apples for raisins, the skin of the water melon to make mixed peel, green paw paw in the place of cherries and star apples as part of the mixed fruit.Instasize_1225114022-1

Interviewer: So you are a cake boss then! That is a great achievement.

Risha: Oh no, no cake boss. (smiles shyly)

Maurisha washing the dishes after the interview, "This is the hardest part of baking"

Maurisha washing the dishes after the interview,
“This is the hardest part of baking!”

Mrs. Walters is pretty humble with her accomplishments, but she is a Cake Boss in our books! See below for her special Christmas Cake recipe. She advises though that the key to having the best tasting black cake is love in your heart. So…lets start with love being the very first ingredient.

 

Ingredients (1lb black cake)

  • 1lb butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1lb flour
  • 6tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup gravy browning
  • 3lbs raisins (pre soaked in wine)
  • 1/2 lb mix peels
  • 1/2 lb cherries
  • 5tsp vanilla essence
  • wine

 

Step 1: Cream Butter and Sugar

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Step 4: Chop some of the fruits and leave some as a whole. Add to cake and mix well.DSCN0289

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Step 8: Place in oven heated to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Alternate to 250 degrees fahrenheit periodically.

Step 9: Bake for  45 mins to an hour. Pour wine over cake while still hot. Leave in pan until cooled before removing.

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Maurisha is also gifted in making and decorating birthday cakes. Give her a call when you are ready for that fabulous birthday cake! Cakes

She may be contacted via email at mrs_unity@hotmail.com or check her out on Facebook, “Risha Sutton Walters”.

 

This is your chance to win 2 Inception Fete Tickets!

 

The Sugar Mas 44 Video Jingle contest is being held by Experience St Kitts and Nevis in Collaboration with the St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival, (Sugar Mass 44). It will run for just over two weeks beginning December 4th, 2015 to December 20th, 2015 at 4:00 pm. The winner will be announced on the December 21st, 2015.
How to Enter
1. Entrants should first like the Facebook pages of Experience St Kitts and Nevis and The St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival.
2. Follow the Twitter and Instagram accounts for Experience SKN and St. Kitts and Nevis Carnival.
3. Send a 30 second video performing his/her jingle using the “buzz phrases” via Facebook Message to Experience St Kitts and Nevis FB Page.
• The video will be screened to ensure adherence to the criteria and then posted to the Experience St Kitts and Nevis FB Page.
4. Entrants will be notified of advancement and the video will then be shared by ESKN on the Experience SKN page.
5. Each participant will be required to share the video with his/her friends and obtain as many likes as possible.
6. The person with the highest number of FB likes will be named the winner of the competition. The 1st and 2nd runners up will be will be awarded as well.
NB: Entrants are limited to two entries per FB account. Each video/jingle should have one participant only. The participant is allowed to use no more than three musical instruments accompanying the jingle.
Video Jingle Criteria
1. Video jingle should be no longer than 30 seconds.
2. The jingle should contain the buzz phrases (“revel like never before for sugar mass 44” and “Experience St. Kitts and Nevis”).
3. There is no limit to using only the buzz phrases within the jingle.
4. The jingle should be original work of participants.
5. Lyrics may be accompanied by no more than 3 musical instruments.
6. Lyrics should not include profanity, violence, discrimination in any form, (whether it be racial, religious or otherwise), threats, sexual explicitness or material belonging to another party or is protected by intellectual property laws.
Eligibility
1. The contest is open to adults 18 years or older and should be residents or citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis.
NB: The following are not eligible to enter the contest: Employees of Experience St. Kitts and Nevis, employees or members of the St. Kitts and Nevis Carnival Committee board.
Prizes
1. 1st prize will be awarded to the participant who gained the most likes for his/her video. He/she will be awarded 2 VIP tickets to Inception Fete, which is scheduled to be held on December 31st, 2015.
2. The first runner up will be the participant who received the second highest number of fb likes for his/her jingle. He/she will receive 2 tickets to the National Queen Pageant which is scheduled to be held on December 27th, 2015.
3. The second runner up will be awarded to the entrant with the third highest FB likes for his/her video. He/she will receive two tickets to the Senior Calypso Monarch schedule to be held on the December 28th, 2015.
NB: Prizes are not transferable to any other form and must be accepted as described.
Winner Selection
1. Video jingles will be screened by the Experience St. Kitts and Nevis team to ensure all contest criteria are met.
2. The video is then shared on the Experience St Kitts and Nevis Page and the contestant is then responsible for sharing and gaining likes.
3. The deadline for submission is December 20th, 2015 at 4:00 pm.
4. On the 20th to 21st of December, the videos will be reviewed and the three videos with the highest number of likes will be chosen for the first, second and third place accordingly.
5. The winners for the three top places will be announced via FB, as well as winners will be individually contacted via telephone and FB messenger.
6. Winners will also be announced in a small ceremony.
NB. Should a participant submit his/her video at 3:45 pm on December 20th, 2015, that entrant will be subjected to the same conditions as the other participants who were entered into the competition from its inception. Entrants will not be allotted extra time for promotion if submission is close to the deadline.
General Conditions
1. By entering this competition entrants are in agreement with and will comply with the contest rules.
2. All entries are subject to an initial screening process. If video is found to be in breach of the contest rules, that video will not be entered into the competition.
3. The contest organizers will not be held liable for lost, misdirect or loss of entries due to problems sending videos via FB message, malfunction, deleted by FB, or defective videos submitted to the competition.
4. The winner should only be one participant, as more than one participants are not allowed to enter in one single video jingle.
Disqualification
1. Entrants will be immediately disqualified if found in breach of any contest rules.
2. Videos longer than 30 seconds will not be submitted into the contest.
3. Videos where lyrics/jingle were found not to be original will result in contestant being disqualified immediately.
 3. If a contestant submits a video but has not liked the required social media pages of Experience St Kitts and Nevis, as well as the social media pages for the St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival, that entrant will be disqualified.

 

Our Top Five Dishes from St. Kitts and Nevis

Here are our top five (5) dishes to try when visiting the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Cook up, Black pudding, Salt fish and Dumplings, Conch Water and Goat water. These dishes would whip your taste buds into a frenzy.

Cook-up
This is a one pot dish with a combination of chicken, pigtail, salt fish and vegetables, with rice and pigeon peas. Many prefer it with a bit of wetness as it gets off the stove and down to belly. The flavor from the chicken and pigtail settled between the rice and peas blows one’s mind with a tang of flavors. Down to the bone can be eaten and the platter licked clean.

Cook up Photo Credit: www.colorfullifejames.blogspot.com

Cook up/Photo Credit: www.colorfullifejames.blogspot.com

Black Pudding

It’s not actually pudding but a sausage packed with herbs, thyme, peppers and rice. The intestines of pigs or cows after being thoroughly cleaned are then stuffed with the mixture, tied off at both ends with banana flagging (the leaves from banana trees). As the saying goes “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”, if you want to take you taste buds on an exotic experience this is certainly a treat for you.

Black pudding Photo Credit: www.wisegeek.com

Black pudding/Photo Credit: www.wisegeek.com

Salt fish and Dumplings
The national dish of Saint Kitts and Nevis is stewed salt fish with spicy plantains, coconut dumplings and seasoned breadfruit. Are you familiar with the feeling you get when you’ve been waiting patiently at a restaurant for your food? Well that’s how salt fish and dumpling prepared in SKN makes me feel.

Salt fish and Dumplings Photo credit: www.tripadvisor.com

Salt fish and Dumplings/Photo credit: www.tripadvisor.com

Goat Water
This once was the national dish of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Swimming in its brown depths you’ll find lumps of practically any edible part of a goat. The soup contains cloves, thyme, other assorted herbs and spices, small dumplings, yams, breadfruit and potatoes. It’s basically meat and drink to me. A belly full of provisions and mutton with thirst quenching seasoned water to follow. This popular Saturday dish is best served hot, straight from the pot.

Goat water photo credit: www.uncommoncaribbean.com

Goat water/photo credit: www.uncommoncaribbean.com

Conch Water
This is another version of goat water, but as we captioned above, the main ingredient is conch and not goat! It’s a soup locals enjoy mostly for a mid-day snack or in the afternoon. It is nourished with vegetables such as carrots, breadfruits, thyme and the special ingredient conch. I assure you that after your first drink, you’ll be begging for more!

Conch Water photo credit: www.uncommoncaribbean.com

Conch Water
photo credit: www.uncommoncaribbean.com

Sugar Cakes
Although not a dish, we couldn’t possible leave this out of the list! This very sweet treat consist of sugar, coconut and ginger. Sugar cake comes in variety of colors such as brown, pink or even white depending on the flavor and food dye used in the mixture. It can be compared to rock hard candy; hard on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. You simply cannot leave the Federation without trying this.

Sugar Cake photo credit: stkittsweb.com

Sugar Cake/photo credit: stkittsweb.com

Get your taste buds ready to Experience the dishes/treats we Kittitians and Nevisians consider Delicacies!

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Good Bye September, Welcome October

As we say goodbye to September, we turn our heads to October and with arms wide open we say, “Welcome October!” excited as kids eager to see what’s in the goody bag. Well let’s burst it open shall we? First up, October is celebrated worldwide as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in St. Kitts & Nevis we are no exception. There are a number of groups actively involved in the awareness promotion and assist persons with this disease. Reach for Recovery SKB Breast Cancer Support Group, Essence of Hope, Pink Lily and St. Kitts and Nevis Breast Cancer Foundation. We look forward to your activities.

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Secondly, October is also recognized as Financial Information Month throughout the region and is an initiative spearheaded by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB). Each year in October, the ECCB and other partner institutions implement projects to educate communities about making good financial decisions.  This year the theme is L.E.A.D (Learn Empower Achieve Develop), among the number of events will be a Business Symposium and Innovation Forum on Thursday 8th October at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium. Additionally, there will be a sports meet on Saturday 10th October at the Lime Sporting Grounds. Talk about making finances fun, right?

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Last, but not least, we have the ever exciting Latin Festival set to take place from the 19th – 25th October 2015. Come discover your Latin side! A week of activities includes of arts, dance, film, music, and it all leads up to the grand event on 25th October. This grand finale will be an evening showcasing the multi-cultural relationship between St. Kitts & Nevis, and the Latin American countries. Now in its 6th year, Latin Festival has grown to become a part of our annual celebrations, one which has experienced considerable growth with each year. I have personally attended that past fiestas and I look forward to what see excitement this year brings, Arriba!!!

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Latin Fest Cover  Latin Fest Lineup

Happening In September

 

September is quickly slipping away and before we know it we are in October. Guess it is as the saying goes, when you are busy time sure flies. You could say we are quite busy with all the activities surrounding this month as it’s our Birthdayyy!!! Well it feels like it’s a birthday as we are all excited about Independence. Yes! September is the month of our Independence, Saturday 19th to be exact. A milestone in our walk to prosperity some may say or even a nation bound for greatness. Whatever your take on it, I am sure as a nation we are all happy to be free of outside directives. Independence is a time when we reflect on our past, the journey to our present and the predications for the future. This year’s theme “United In Building a stronger Nation” can remind even the youngest resident of just how far the nation has come over the past 30 years and instil that drive to continue building and advancing the nation. Okay!! Sorry I have been holding back my excitement, people St. Kitts sweeeet and Nevis niceee. We nation moving on and like we ole people use to say “me luw me land”. Look at how the national colours are creatively used to decorate everything. I mean inside the stores, on the buildings, on the people, in our hairs, on our nails. I am talking about the colours of our flag: the green – for our rich fertile soil, the yellow – for our year round sunshine, the black – for our African heritage, the white stars – symbols of hope and liberty and the red – for our struggle from slavery through colonialism to independence. Talk about national pride with our motto “Country Above Self” we stand as many hands forming one nation our beautiful St. Kitts and Nevis.

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St. Kitts and Nevis, pioneering the way forward for Caribbean nations. I personally want to say Happy Independence 32 to St. Kitts and Nevis you are a nation among nations. St. Kitts I love you, love you all the time. Me nah know bout you but me love St. Kitts and Nevis bad.

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ICYMI: Vibe’s Beach Bar Foam Fest

In case you missed it, Vibe’s Beach Bar Foam Fest was THE place to be Saturday for soooo many reasons! Right when you step onto the scene, this EXHILARATING and ELECTRIFYING energy just hits you and you cannot… I repeat, you cannot resist it!

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The first DJ was AH BOSS! Everyone would tell you that the SOCA WAS LIVE that night. The tunes that he played were spellbinding to say the least. Right when he started, everyone dove into the foam without a care in the world and started to dance.

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Though, I may be a bit biased (Soca Fan Alert), all the DJs were amazing. No matter what songs were played, everyone was always dancing. There were various genres to cater to everyone. We had Hip-hop booming through the speakers, pop was parading through the air; there was also a bit of dancehall and reggae. Absolutely NO ONE had an excuse as to why he/she was not dancing or jumping around.

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The foam kept coming and the party stayed hype the entire time!

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When you felt the need to power up, with food or more rum, the bar was at your disposal. Everyone knows Vibes Beach Bar is known not only for their diverse rums, liquors, and wines but also for their food! Their burgers, wings, cheesy fries- ALL ARE DELICIOUS and are great for refueling and absorbing all that energy juice aka alcohol.

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Even if you didn’t necessarily want to participate in the actual foam party, chilling on the beach or even at the bar was an option many took advantage of. Outside of the foam was JUST AS FUN because Vibes was JAMMED PACKED.

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If you aren’t upset that you missed out yet, maybe you would be after this next point… There were also GIVEAWAYSSSS!

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The foam fete was a BLAST. It was a place where everyone came together and just enjoyed themselves TO THE MAX.

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So instead of rocking back and forth in the fetal position and wishing that you could have joined in on the action, redeem yourself. Next time Vibe’s Beach Bar throws another foam party, make sure you’re there!

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Still wanna bask in the greatness that was Foam Fest? Check out some more pics on Vibes Beach Bar’s Facebook page.

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