After an eight-hour flight (if you don’t count the hour spent on the ground at Antigua airport) we eventually landed into St Kitts International airport located in the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. St Kitts airport is about a 10 minute drive from the main capital city Basseterre so is ideally situated if this is to be your final destination, however our journey’s end was sister island Nevis, known fondly by the 19th century British as the Queen of the Caribees.
Our accommodation provider arranged airport collection for us and we were greeted by Almon who then gave us an impromptu tour of St Kitts on our way through to our transfer.
We drove along the road where the Atlantic and Caribbean seas are separated by a tiny strip of land so you can easily walk from one beach to the other! We learnt all about the cheeky Vervet monkeys that inhabit both St Kitts and Nevis, who are the main reason the island often has to import mangoes in from overseas for the annual Mango Festival!
Once we reached Reggae Beach, at the furthermost tip of St Kitts, we could clearly see our destination Nevis across Cockleshell Bay – our target Oauilie Beach was only 2 miles across on the other side. We boarded a speed boat with 3 other newly arrived British tourists and enjoyed our first bottle of cold Carib beer, whilst watching our first amazing Caribbean sunset over the sea. This type of airport transfer we discovered is by far the best way to arrive!
We clung onto the open deck of the speedboat in order, to enjoy the cool sea spray after our long haul flight. The boat danced on the waves, as it propelled us through the water and we arrived onto Oauilie beach 15 minutes later feeling extremely refreshed.
Almon off loaded our luggage into his pick up truck and we departed to our apartment within the Carina complex in the vast Hamilton Estate. One of the many old sugar plantations on the island; Carina is set off the beaten path half way up the side of Nevis peak, the largest and main volcano on the island. Virgin rainforest is above the apartment building and the land below contains the ruins of a sugar mill and factory, that have been reclaimed by the rainforest; the top of the mill tower protrudes onto the skyline.
Carina is just a 5-minute drive up the hill from Charles Town the capital of Nevis.
To be continued…