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St. Kitts Trip Report April 12-19

Charlotte
posts: 115
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St. Kitts Trip Report April 12-19

Stayed at the Marriott Beach Club Resort. It has about 7 three story buildings with 2 and 3 bed/2 baths furnished units, with kitchens, living rooms, washer/dryers, etc. Very nice, three view levels. Garden, Ocean View (+$50/night) and Ocean Side (+$100/night). We had Ocean Side, not sure it was worth it as we spent very little time in unit. Complex is very large, very spacious, with 3 swimming pools; swim up bar, gym, about 6 restaurants, a casino and a regular Marriott hotel also on-site. Very nice beach, with lounges and umbrellas. On Atlantic side of island, so big waves and lots of wind. Beach has a rock/coral reef so protected areas ok for kids to swim. So, a few mistakes by the Marriott, no Wi-Fi for a couple of days, forgot to clean unit one day, and a non-existent “Vacation Planner” named Melisha but otherwise a great stay. Restaurants ranged from island reasonable (Bohemia) to ridiculous (Blu), even for an island resort. We especially enjoyed the Italian (La Cucina) and the Pizza Shack (best on island according to locals). Went to IGA grocery store (via taxi) first day. $22 for a gallon of milk, $25 for a box of cereal. Many choices off property. Went to Ciao (Italian) for dinner, twice. Homemade pasta. Walking distance. Best beaches, for us, were S. Friars and Cockleshell. Loved the Shipwreck bar/restaurant on Friars. Tell them you are staying at the Marriott and they won’t charge you for chairs/umbrella. The Shipwreck feeds the monkeys and the mongoose, so fun to watch them. Also liked Reggae Bar on Cockleshell and hated the Spice Mill there. We (and many others) were treated very rudely there. No need to rent a car, taxis everywhere, even waiting at the beaches. Snorkeling only fair on this island.

We found a great taxi driver and asked her to show us her island. Debbie (869-663-6034) went well beyond a normal tour. Stopped to pick fresh fruits for us, sugar cane to eat, and even found a lipstick plant for a demonstration. About half the cost of same tour offered at Marriott tour desk, and I am guessing four times the fun. Downtown Basseterre only ok. Went to Brimstone Hill Fortress, Romney Manor, Black Rocks, etc. All worth it.

Did an all day tour over to Nevis via a Marriott arranged tour. $105 per, not really great. Saw the whole island, some old sugar mills now operated as hotels, and finished at the Lime Bar, next to Sunshine Bar. Lime Bar food/drink/people were all great. Sunshine was not. Walked to Four Seasons, it was a Four Seasons.

Let me know of any questions you might have, happy to help if I can.

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Nevis
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1. Re: St. Kitts Trip Report April 12-19

Very interesting trip report - glad you had a nice visit.

I think, however, that you may be a bit confused about the prices you quoted for milk and cereal. Those prices are in $EC not $US meaning that gallon of milk was about $8US and the cereal was the equivalent of around $9US. For what it is worth, you can buy a box of generic Corn Flakes for around $8EC (or around $3US).

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