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St Kitts Nevis With Kids

So you’re thinking about coming to St Kitts and Nevis with kids for a family vacation, the mind rambles on activities and or things of interest for your children? Have no fear there’s plenty things offered here. Here are our top 10 activities to do with your kids.

1.Beach

Nothing punctuates a tropical vacation more perfectly than a tan, cool island breeze and clear tranquil waters. The beach is a must and a surety of excitement. Our beaches here in St Kitts Nevis are clean and relaxing for children and adults alike. Beach bars and restaurants are there if for any reason you need to quench your thirst or a quick bite to eat. Don’t worry, the atmosphere is kid friendly.

Photo credit: www.nevisisland.com

Photo credit: www.nevisisland.com

2. Sky Safari

To truly experience and appreciate the beauty of St Kitts is from above, the whole family can do just that at the Sky Safari Tours. Soaring and zipping through the rain forest, historical sites and nearby islands at almost 50 mph. There is an age limit however, so children 6 years and older are allowed.

Photo Credit: www.marriott.com

Photo Credit: www.marriott.com

3. Catamaran Sail

A bonding experience for the entire family by sailing between St. Kitts and Nevis. Watching the sunset sipping beverages and a snorkeling session at the infamous Shitten Bay. Our recommendation is the Blue Water Safari Tours. They offer half day and full day tours, plus too you’ll have the option of going on a private tour for you and your family.

Photo credit: www.tripadvisor.com

Photo credit: www.tripadvisor.com

4. Sea Turtle Adventures

Picture the excitement on a child’s face as he witnesses the miracle of hundreds of turtle hatchlings digging their way out of the nest and crawling intently toward the sea, driven forward by the light of the moon.

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Photo credit: www.expressionsholidays.co.uk

5. Sports

Not only are we very talented but we are very competitive and driven when it comes to sports. Whether it maybe cricket, football (soccer) or track and field events we enjoy each one. Sports is practically in our DNA. Scattered around the island are a few sports clubs, particularly in cricket that may be willing to offer lessons to your little ones.

Photo credit: www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com

Photo credit: www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com

6. Monkey Watch

Green vervet monkeys are practically everywhere on the both islands. We the locals realize they are harmless but find them somewhat annoying. However this is something kids would enjoy.

Photo credit: arff.org/kitts

Photo credit: arff.org/kitts

7. The 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, with 18 miles by narrow gauge train and 12 miles on sightseeing buses. The Scenic Railway provides visitors an unsurpassed opportunity to experience the scenery and culture of this unspoiled country. Your kids will certainly enjoy this tour.

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Photo credit: travel.aol.co.uk

8. Horseback Riding

In Nevis Equestrian Center rents horses and provides guided tours on beach and nature trails. While in St. Kitts we recommend Trinity Inn Stables; they offer tours throughout the rain forest.  This is definitely a great way to enjoy St Kitts Nevis with kids.

Photo credit: www.nevishorseback.com

Photo credit: www.nevishorseback.com

9. Historical Site Seeing

Its worth while for your learn as much as they can about the places they visit. St Kitts and Nevis are filled with historical sites that are just as captivating for kids as it is for adults. In St Kitts, you should definitely have to visit the Brimstone Fortress or the ruins by Romney Manor. While in Nevis, you may visit the  Golden Rock Hotel which is very intriguing as the actual hotel is made from renovated sugar mills and other buildings that made up the sugar estate or the birth place of Alexander Hamilton a founding father of the United States of America.

Photo Credit: www.sheknows.com

Photo Credit: www.sheknows.com

10. Island Tours

Our white sandy beaches, the clean fresh air, sunny skies, friendly people not forgetting an exhilarating experience of a lifetime. On both islands finding a tour company isn’t a hard task. For St. Kitts, we recommend Pereira Tours, simply because they are known over the years for the quality service they provide as well as the personalized packages that they offer. In Nevis our pick is the Funky Monkey Tours. The name says it all!

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Photo credit: www.facebook.com/stkittsexcursions/

 

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Photo credit: www.funkymonkeytours.com

 

So you see, your family will be filled with activities to do. Tell us how your found our list, did you try all that we mentioned? Don’t forget to share with your friends and family.

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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

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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Photo credit: thingstodo.expedia.com

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.

Photo credit: www.nevisisland.com

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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Photo credit: Joya Martin

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.

Photo credit: www.123rf.com

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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Photo credit: pixabay.com

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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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 3: Mix the dry ingredients then add periodically to the mixtureDSCN0310

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

Step 5: Add wine until desired texture is achievedDSCN0302

Step 6: Mix WellDSCN0322

Step 7: Grease and flour pans then pour mixture into panDSCN0324

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”.

 

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