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Mark Rogers roams St. Kitts // (c) 2009
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
While guests may be tempted to kick back and while away the day enjoying the Marriott’s pool, spa, golf course and restaurants, I recommend renting a car and striking out on your own to explore the island (just remember driving is on the left).
More than once I heard the phrase, “Everything on the island is only ten minutes away.” This sounds good but it isn’t accurate. Driving from east to west on the island will actually take you 45 minutes, although it’s a pleasant drive along the island’s main road, with almost zero chance of getting lost. The drive takes you through numerous small towns, gives you glimpses of the sea, and passes historic plantations and the ruins of bygone sugar mills. The common lore of St. Kitts claims there’s a church for every road on the island, and three rum shops for every church. St Kittians have a penchant for naming their vehicles and it’s a nice touch of local color. The names run the gamut from the inspirational “Believe & Receive” to the boastful “Black Beauty.”
St. Kitts Scenic Railway
Brimstone Hill Fortress
Minutes away from the Marriott are a string of beachfront restaurants. I whiled away a couple of hours at one of the most popular -the Reggae Beach Restaurant - dining on mahi mahi, sipping mango margaritas and bobbing up and down in the Caribbean. Reggae Beach is a good recommendation for families – the water is calm and the offshore snorkeling is fine. The restaurant is open every day and a steel band plays on Sundays. If you’re looking for Reggae Beach on the map you won’t find it – it’s the name the locals use, associating the beach with the restaurant.