St. Kitts was was the second port of our 10 day Royal Caribbean cruise. (See a recap of the first island we visited here.) After relaxing and doing our own thing in Tortola, we decided to book a Royal Caribbean excursion and go horseback riding in St. Kitts.
My dad took my sister and I horseback riding growing up. I find it so relaxing and a wonderful way to connect with nature. Josh and I went horseback riding in the ocean when we visited the North Shore in Hawaii, so we thought it would be fun to try horseback riding in the mountains this time.
While I’m sure avid cruisers are all about booking their own tours, we went through Royal Caribbean for all of our excursions on this vacation. It’s a little more expensive than going to the tour companies directly, but if there’s bad weather or your ship doesn’t make the port, you’re not out the money for a tour you’re not able to take. You also don’t have to worry about language barriers or currency exchanges. And all tours booked through the ship guarantee you make it back on the ship. So if your tour runs late the boat will wait for you, instead of you know, just leaving (Which apparently really happens!).
We met our tour guides at the boat and then they drove us to the stables. It was nice because we were able to see the surrounding area by car and ask questions. St. Kitts has wild monkeys roaming the streets which was really neat to see in action, though I’m sure if one showed up unexpectedly in my house I’d find it a little less cool.
Something I didn’t realize about St. Kitts was how mountainous it is.
We went all the way up!
It really is an island where the mountains meet the sea.
Also a big shoutout to Josh for taking all these pictures because I was in total vacation mode and didn’t even bring my phone on this excursion.
I was too busy taking in these gorgeous views!
An old sugar cane mill, which is how St. Kitts used to make their money before tourism became their cash crop.
It amazes me that people actually live here. And that for a place with so much natural beauty there is so much poverty. This was the first island we really got out and explored and it was a little eye opening.
Our tour took us pretty deep into the rain forest. I loved getting to see all the different fauna and hear all the various birds.
A stop at the top of the mountain to take a photo. You could see everything! Can you spot our ship in the background?
On the hike back down we ran into so many different animals! Shortly after this picture was taken a cow wandered into the middle of the path and blocked the rest of us from making our way down the mountain until the guide was able to move him along. 😉
So many goats!
Josh and I had so much fun on this tour and would highly recommend it for those looking to do something a little outdoorsy but still incredibly relaxing. You are not going to see this girl up on a zipline.
I pet the horses goodbye before we drove back into town.
At this point Josh and I were hungry for lunch and I wanted to check out a beach. I heard great things about Frigate Bay, so we hopped in a cab and were on our way. Cabs were so cheap here, it was maybe $10 for a 20 minute ride to the beach. Everyone was super friendly and we felt incredibly safe (Although the vehicles on the road would not pass inspection in the US. We are talking holes in the sides of the vehicle and absolutely bald tires I tried not to think about it too much 😉 ). St. Kitts made us think all island fares were this cheap, so imagine our surprise the next day in Dominica when we asked how much a cab was for a 20 minute ride and were told $100. I stupidly asked them if they were joking and found out that no they were not.
Frigate Bay is a beautiful beach. And it’s affordable! It’s like $20 bucks for two beach chairs with umbrellas and a bucket of beers. You could lounge here all day and have an amazing time. While the beach was pretty calm during the day, you could tell this place is a party town at night. There were lots of signs for music and dancing and tons of booze specials.
We had unlimited drinks back on the boat so I didn’t drink on the island, but Josh was excited to try all the local beers at the different islands. I love this photo of him. 😀
We soaked up this gorgeous view for a while before heading back to the boat. St. Kitts was a fun island. I loved getting to see it from both the mountains and the beach.
Questions of the Day: Have you been to St. Kitts? If you had to pick, would you choose a day of horseback riding, or a day of beaching?