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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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Ram Goat

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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Photo credit: winecompass.blogspot.com

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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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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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Photo credit: www.tripadvisor.co.uk

 

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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

 

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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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Photo credit: torontogirlwest.com

 

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!

 

The Top Ten (10) Things to do on The Island of Nevis

Nevis boasts white sandy beaches, clean fresh air, sunny skies and friendly people. Life here is pretty laid back; there are no traffic lights, little commercialization and no one is a stranger after a few hours. Due to this special kind of life style, it is a hub for celebrities who fly in and out without virtually any one knowing. Don’t be fooled however that this laid back culture equals a boring island, there are tons of activities to engage your body, rich history to mediate the mind and beautiful beaches to captivate your soul. Here we list our top 10 things to do when you come to the island!

 

A Rum Punch from one of the Beach Bar’s on Pinney’s Beach

Have a sting from the killer bee offered at Sunshine’s, reputed to be the best rum punch on the island. The drink is known worldwide and celebrities and tourists alike travel from far and wide to sample this extraordinary drink. Swing by Lime Beach Bar for a Green Flash Rum Punch or topple over with a tipsy turtle from Turtle time. Ensure to check out DD stinger from Double Deuce and top if off with one of their juicy burgers.

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Photo credit: www.fsrnevis.com

Visit the Caribbean’s First Hotel (Bath Hotel) and the Hot Springs

Bath Hotel was the built in 1778; it was a playground for the rich and famous who came to Nevis to take in therapeutic hot spring baths. If you have back pain, arthritis or even just a swollen ankle the hot springs is the place for you. One dip and you will be left feeling brand new. The Bath Hotel is now the government headquarters of the Nevis island Administration.

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Photo Credit: syndicate.details.com

The Horatio Nelson Museum

This is a memoir of artifacts and memorabilia of the life and times of the British Naval Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, who visited Nevis in the late 18th century.

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Photo credit: www.lonelyplanet.com

Visit the Botanical Gardens

Created by a Philadelphia couple Joseph and Martha Murphy, this is a garden to preserve flora from throughout the world. The garden is filled with sculptures, fountains, roses, vines, cactuses, fruit trees and orchids. The most outstanding part is the tropical rain forest conservatory, built to emulate the conservatory at Kew Gardens in England. It houses tropical plants and huge Mayan-type sculptures. Weddings, receptionist and private parties are hosted at the gardens as well.

 

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Have Dinner in the mill at Montpelier

The Mill at the Montpelier Planation Inn is 300 years old and was converted into the only restaurant of its kind in the world. For a dining experience like no other, enjoy an intimate candle lit dinner for two, or a private party as the mill seats 24.

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Photo credit: www.tripadvisor.com

Visit the Museum of Nevis History

This is the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton in 1757, he lived on the island until the age of nine. Today the building is known as the “Hamilton House” it houses one of the islands’ two museums on the first floor and the meeting room of the Nevis National Assembly on the second floor.

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Photo Credit: www.sheknows.com

Hike Nevis Peak/Water Falls

Take a hike with a personal tour guide to the Nevis Peak. On the trail you will meet six waterfalls, bamboo trees, coco trees, herbs, refreshing cool water and a whole heap of mud and fun. Not only is hiking a great way to keep in shape but it’s good for bonding and sharing stories along the way. Once to the top you will be able to see spectacular views of St. Kitts. If you are lucky you may see a tiny fella (monkey) on the tour as well

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Photo credit: www.uncommoncaribbean.com

A Round of Golf at Four Seasons

Not only is it a delight playing a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones II designed course at Four Season Nevis, you are often joined by green velvet monkeys and they seldom recommend the right club for you shot.

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Photo credit: www.magazine.fourseasons.com

Water Sports

Let’s stop for a minute and imagine the warm tropical breeze gently touching our skin. The crystal blue water knocking the shores and the palm trees blowing in the wind, isn’t this paradise? No lanes no limits just a thrilling experience of its own.

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Photo credit: www.funkymonkeytours.com

 

Horseback Riding

Enjoy the sunset with family and friends, or a romantic trail with your significant other.

 

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Photo credit: www.nevishorseback.com

A little bit of history, a surety of luxury we are ready to take you there. Nevis Lovely Nevis, you’re never sad when you come by here.

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Let’s Talk about Oxtail and Things – Nevis W.I.

As a foreigner in Nevis, you will quickly realize that you have left the commercial life behind and have entered a whole new world of relaxation and tranquility. So, fast forward and you are now off the ferry, your belly begins to turn… you are definitely hungry. Where do you go? How about trying some good ole local food?!

Local restaurants are nestled all across the island but in today’s post we are travelling to Bath Village just on the outskirts of Charlestown. We’re headed to Black Hat’s Restaurant. As you get closer to the establishment you will realize that the structure is one with character. The design is unique and gives a rustic traditional feel. Its very homely and very inviting boasting colours such as pink, blue and orange.

 

Black Hat's Place, Nevis W.I.

Black Hat’s Place, Nevis W.I.

 

We were a party of three seeking authentic Nevisian food on our lunch breaks. We were met with pleasant faces and hearty good afternoons as we approached the menu to make our orders. Black Hat came to the window asking to assist us. We ordered and got seated and waited patiently on the meal. It arrived and I immediately dug in!

The oxtail was accompanied by scalloped potatoes, steamed rice, coleslaw and the tastiest salad I have had in a while. It would seem as though Mr. Black Hat read my mind and prepared each component with extra…just the way I liked it! Imagine my excitement when I was met with slices of apples in between my lettuce and a few raisins in between the mix! I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch! Everything was cooked to perfection, and lacked nothing!

Black Hat’s Place also provides a wide variety of dishes so don’t worry about being left out if you are not an oxtail lover.

As you have landed, ask to go by Black Hat for some local cuisine.  Experience the Culture, Experience the Food!

 

Oxtail and Things from Black Hat’s Restaurant

 

 

 

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

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?

Financial Information month 2015 LEAD             Financial Information month 2015 sport event

 

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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CPL T20- The Biggest Party in Sport

 

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The CPL (Caribbean Premier League) is a T20 tournament which is cricket mixed with the colorful carnival experience of the Caribbean.

Cricket is similar to baseball. Well, except for the fact that cricket has ‘ducks’ and ‘rabbits’ running all over the field, ‘flippers’ are flying everywhere, there are also ‘bowlers’ instead of pitchers and….well… actually, there are a lot that differentiates the two. However, it’s quite easy to understand the concept if it’s broken down by a cricket fan. (Trust me. I got the gist of it in under 3 minutes. Yes, I know. It’s very impressive.) Any who, even if you’re not a stickler for the sport, that shouldn’t stop you from attending this event. Other than seeing some of the best batsmen in Twenty20, there are a couple other reasons as to why you should be in Warner Park for this event.

 

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For one, the NEWEST kids on the block to join the Caribbean Premier League are, ahem… the one… the only…*drumroll* ST. KITTS AND NEVIS PATRIOTS!!

 

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Yes, my friends, after hosting some of the CPL T20 games last year, St. Kitts and Nevis can finally cheer on their own team at the Twenty20 games! WHOO!  Remember how pumped St. Kitts and Nevis was last year for the games? Imagine the energy the park will have now that we are actually a part of the tournament itself!!

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And that leads me to talk about the next best reason as to why you should be present at the tournament: It’s a party, it’s a party, it’s a partaaaaay! *dancing emoji* In all seriousness, it is THE BEST PARTY IN SPORT and it’s been given that name for a reason. I mean… let’s be reasonable. Do you honestly think that everyone in the crowd understands cricket? Pshhhh. Not even. (No offense cricket fans.) Everyone and anyone will be there just because the atmosphere is EXHILARATING to say the least. It’s literally Carnival at the park!

 

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Entertainment. Music. Food. Gorgeous CPL cheerleaders. Your closest friends and family. A live game… what more could you want?! The CPL T20 is like the Super Bowl of the Caribbean… just with cricket.

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Regardless if you want to enjoy the games or just have a great time, Warner Park in St. Kitts is the place to be for CPL T20 action!

 

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