Soaring in State-of-the-Art Style
Ziplines are appearing on hillsides across the Caribbean, but no place does it quite like St. Kitts. Here, on the rainforest-clad slopes of a dormant volcano, courses using the latest in zip technology deliver thrills and comfort in equal measure. Riders relax in a sling-like seat rather than hang from a constricting strap harness, and glide on a dual-roller trolley that is smoother and quieter than traditional pulleys. But safety and comfort don't come at the expense of thrills; as some routes carry riders as much as 250 feet above the ground, and others deliver soaring runs of up to 50 miles an hour through the jungle treetops.
- Best for: Everyone
- Best season to visit: Year round
- Weather: Steady trade winds account for relatively minor differences in seasonal air temperatures, which range from the 70s into the mid 80s. Rain showers are less common from December to May
St. Kitts & Nevis Information
Ziplining in St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Kitts is home to the most technologically advanced and safety-conscious zipline system in the Caribbean. The eco-friendly cable rigging does not use trees for anchor points, includes a secondary safety cable, and employs a proprietary three-point harness system that is more comfortable and stable than traditional climbing harness designs.
Ziplining in St. Kitts & Nevis Tips
First-time riders will have no trouble mastering the lines, as there is no need to wear gloves and operate a separate hand brake. The system is designed to provide smooth automatic braking at the end. The harness configuration allows for both reclining and upright riding positions and controls unwanted body twisting on the line, which makes it easier to take the shake out of videos and compose good in-flight photos.
Best Places for Ziplining in St. Kitts & Nevis
A series of lines in the hills above the Wingfield River offer adventures that begin with an easy trip on the Monkey Trainer, get faster and higher on the Boss, Mango Tango and Brimstone Blast, then provide a chance for a dual-line race on the River Rocker, followed by a refreshing plunge at the end.
What to Pack for Ziplining in St. Kitts & Nevis
Closed-toe shoes are required, and a hat is recommended—just make sure it won't fall off when you speed up. Bring sunscreen and some bug repellent, because you will be in the rainforest when getting on and off the lines. Add a lanyard to keep cameras secure while in the air. Include a light jacket in the rainy season in case of passing showers.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements
Entry/Exit Requirements: A valid passport is required which must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of entry into the country. Proof of onward or returning ticket is required, as well as 1 blank page in your passport for the entry stamp. No visa is required for U.S. Citizens for stays less than 90 days. All persons leaving, pay a Government Departure Tax of $22.00 U.S.
Vaccinations are not required for entry into St. Kitts. Check with your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov.
Culture and Customs
Long after other islands in the Caribbean turned to tourism, St. Kitts was an island of farmers. Sugarcane remained the island's chief economic driver through the end of the 20th century, and it wasn't until 2005 that government and private sectors made a concerted effort to welcome tourism and development. Fast-forward a decade and the island is experiencing robust resort and residential growth that includes a number of premier resorts and a tasty collection of new restaurants. But the newfound prosperity that has accompanied this transition hasn't resulted in urban sprawl or a loss of cultural roots. Having established some of the most broad-reaching conservation measures of any island in the Caribbean, more than a quarter of St. Kitts is now protected land. The mountainous interior of the island is covered in one of the rarest types of forest on earth: the American Oceanic Rainforest. And this forest continues to expand as fields no longer used for cane cultivation return to nature. Miles of trails wind through old-growth forests and up mountain slopes for rewarding views of the entire island. If hiking and birding are not your things, there's golf, spas and lively beach clubs. Modern beats fill downtown dance clubs, but across the islands, calypso music is still king—especially during the eight-week winter celebration known as Sugar Mas, which blends the spirit of the Christmas season with elements of Carnival, and colorful displays of the island's cultural traditions and African heritage.
Electricity, Phone and Internet Access
Electricity in St. Kitts is 230 volts, 60 cycle, however, 110 volt supply is available at some hotels. An adapter may be needed for U.S. visitors. The country/area code for St. Kitts is 869. There are a few service providers in St. Kitts and Nevis so please check with your local provider to see what plans are available or roaming charges will apply. Many hotels offer WiFi.
Drinking water is pure and safe to drink. Bottled water is sold in stores, hotels and restaurants if preferred.
Language & Currency
English is the official language. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD or EC$). U.S. Dollars are accepted but normally change is given in EC$. ATMs are available as well which dispense EC$. Check the current exchange rate here.
St. Kitts is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. St Kitts is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).
Location, Size and Population
St. Kitts and Nevis are located in the Eastern Caribbean in the West Indies. The West side of St. Kitts faces the Caribbean Sea, while the East side of St. Kitts faces the Atlantic Ocean. Nevis & St. Kitts from one country, the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis which share approximately 100 square miles in total, Nevis with 35 square miles and St. Kitts with 65 square miles. St Kitts is 5 miles wide by 18 miles long. The two islands are separated by a 2-mile channel known as The Narrows.
The population of St. Kitts and Nevis combined is 55,712 (2016) with approximately 12,000 residing on Nevis.