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My trip to St Kitts was one of my highlights of 2016. As 2017 is already shaping up to be a great year to visit the island, it’s time to check out some of the amazing events taking place. 

As my time as an ambassador for the Caribbean island of St Kitts is almost up, I couldn’t help but look ahead to what’s happening on the island next year. Whether you’re planning a holiday or arriving by cruise ship, there are a few times of year that are extra special on the island. From the annual music and restaurant festivals, to big openings, there are more reasons than ever to take a trip. If you’re only on the island for a short time, be sure to check out tours of the island, zip lining, and trips on the St Kitts Scenic Railway.

Check out the video of my time in St Kitts, then scroll to find out all the awesome things happening on the island in 2017.

 

St Kitts Music Festival 2017 

Every June the island comes alive as music stars jet in for the St Kitts Music Festival. Staying true to the island’s roots, it features a mix of R&B, reggae, hip-hop, calypso and jazz, with Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie and Jason Derulo performing over the years. In 2016, crowds went wild for 50 Cent, Damian Marley and The O’Jays. No doubt 2017’s line up will be bigger and better!

St Kitts Music Festival 2017

St Kitts Music Festival

St Kitts and Nevis Restaurant Week 2017

Every July, the island goes gourmet for St Kitts and Nevis Restaurant Week with several top restaurants preparing special menus. Highlights in 2016 included a 5-course tasting menu at The Kitchen at Belle Mont Farm (one of the best restaurants on the island) plus special menus at a few of my personal favourites including Marshall’s Restaurant, Palm Court Gardens, Arthur’s and Sprat Net.

Shrimp and cheese grits at Ottley's Plantation Inn, St Kitts

Shrimp and cheese grits at Ottley’s Plantation Inn, St Kitts

Chicken salad at Palm Court Gardens, St Kitts

Chicken salad at Palm Court Gardens, St Kitts

Ceviche at Arthur's Restaurant, St Kitts

Ceviche at Arthur’s Restaurant, St Kitts

Find out more about the Top Restaurants In St Kitts

St Kitts and Nevis Carnival 2017

From November until January the island will be in party mode for the St Kitts and Nevis Carnival. With parades, pageants, fetes, dance competitions, parties and live performances across the island, it’ll be difficult not to get involved! As ever, competition will be high as talent from across the Caribbean battle to see who will be crowned Miss Caribbean Carnival Queen.

St Kitts and Nevis Carnival

St Kitts and Nevis Carnival (Image courtesy of St. Kitts & Nevis National Carnival Facebook)

St Kitts and Nevis Carnival

St Kitts and Nevis Carnival (Image courtesy of St. Kitts & Nevis National Carnival Facebook)

St Kitts and Nevis Carnival

St Kitts and Nevis Carnival (Image courtesy of St. Kitts & Nevis National Carnival Facebook)

Opening of Park Hyatt St Kitts

Early in 2017, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts will be opening its doors for the first time. The brand new luxury hotel, located on Banana Bay, has views across The Narrows to Nevis. With top dining, chic décor, relaxing spa, gym, pools and incredible beachfront location, it’s the hottest new addition to the island in years.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Park Hyatt St. Kitts – opening 2017 (Image courtesy of Hyatt)

Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Park Hyatt St. Kitts – opening 2017 (Image courtesy of Hyatt)

Latin Festival St Kitts 2017

Celebrating its eighth year, the Latin Festival St Kitts will return in October. Featuring the best in cinema, fashion, food, arts and crafts dance, the festival concludes with one big fiesta!

Latin Festival St Kitts

Latin Festival St Kitts

Reopening Of Belle Mont Farm

At the end of 2016, beautiful boutique hotel (and one of my favourite places in St Kitts) Belle Mont Farm will be reopening after their annual, seasonal closure. Offering stunning panoramic views over the Caribbean Sea and to nearby islands, the hotel will be even more desirable than ever with 84 luxurious guesthouses, Presidential Suite, championship 18-hole golf course, spa, tennis courts and stunning pool area. Plus, for those wanting some beach time, you can hop on a shuttle down to Golden Lemon Beach Club and cool restaurant Arthur’s.

Arthur's Restaurant, St Kitts

Arthur’s Restaurant, St Kitts

Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts

Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts

Nevis to St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim 2017

On March 27th 2017, keen swimmers will attempt to cross The Narrows – the 2.5 mile strait between Oualie Beach on Nevis and Cockleshell Bay on St. Kitts. While some take it seriously, there are plenty who get involved just for fun, donning ridiculous costumes and drumming up lots of support along the way!

Nevis to St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim 2017

Nevis to St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim

Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis Independence Day 2017

Celebrating its 34th anniversary as an independent nation, there will be parties and celebrations across the island on 19th September. There will also be an annual Independence Day speech made by the Prime Minister.

Interested in visiting St Kitts? Check out all my posts about the island:
A Brief Intro To St Kitts, Caribbean
Top Restaurants To Visit In St Kitts
Top 5 Hotels In St Kitts – From Budget To Luxury
Top 5 Things To Do In St Kitts For Cruise Ship Passengers
Video: Adventures In St Kitts

Thanks to St Kitts Tourism Authority for selecting me as an official ambassador. As always, opinions are my own!

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Melissa 17th December 2018 - 5:16 am

OMG I LOVE Carnival! It’s the best time ever! When I lived in Toronto Canada there was Carnival every August! I loved it ! The best time, the best food and AWESOME people! ❤

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Chloe Gunning 18th December 2018 - 1:06 pm

Sounds amazing Melissa! I love carnivals too. Sooo much fun!

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