The St. Kitts and Nevis
Your Monthly Fix from St Kitts and Nevis
Written by Amicia Mussenden
Welcome to the January 2006 issue of the St. Kitts and Nevis Beach Buzz.
For us here at Discover St. Kitts Nevis Beaches, the new year got off to a fast start. You will recall
that in last month's newsletter I mentioned the January 19th forum members and friends link up that was planned. Well, the link up was a blast and everyone had fun. It was as if we were old friends getting together for a reunion, but for most persons, it was the first time we were meeting each other. To read some comments about the link up, visit the
January Link Up thread in the forum. For link up photos, visit the
January 19 Link Up photo album.
To digress a bit, I had barely recovered from the link up when work took me off island. I was invited to the launch
party of "Nevis as We See Her: Goin' to Come Back" by Rosemary Willis Sullivan and MaryJo Cannon at Cafe des Arts on
the evening of Saturday January 21, but unfortunately I was unable to attend as I had to travel to Jamaica early Sunday morning.
What a trip it was! After this trip, I can certainly write a chapter about air travel with LIAT :(.
In a nutshell, LIAT cancelled the flight to Antigua, sent us to St. Maarten to connect to a flight bound for Antigua, which was delayed by about 1 hour and 15 minutes. By the time we arrived in Antigua, our BWIA flight to Jamaica was boarding (no hope for us to make that flight, since we had to clear immigration and customs, then go to the BWIA counter to check in). While we were in the immigration line, we heard over the PA system that the BWIA flight was closed. As that was the only flight out to Jamaica that day, missing the BWIA connection meant overnighting in Antigua, taking the BWIA flight on Monday, and missing all but one of the meetings scheduled for Monday. Unfortunately, we were not able to reschedule the missed meetings, two of which were crucial for me. Nonetheless, despite missing a number of key meetings, my brief trip to Jamaica was insightful.
[PS - Read about our visit to Panmedia.
(There is an error in the photo credit; I'm with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and not Education)].
Anyway getting back to where I was before the digression, January is over and I guess you may be wandering what's in store for February. Well, I'll continue to keep you updated on the happenings in St. Kitts
and Nevis. There are a few pages on the site (such as the Ferry Schedule and Taxi Rates pages) that need updating
and I'll try my best to make some time to update those. I'll also continue working with a local craft person whose beautiful hand crafted items are deserving of international exposure. Already I've photographed a wide selection of the items, and during this month, I'll be working on coding the pages to display the items on my web site.
As usual, I will continue to add new content pages and photo albums, as time
On the fun side, some forum members will be visiting St. Kitts and Nevis during February and they would like to link up with other forum members and friends who either live on the island or will be visiting.
If you'll be in St. Kitts on Thursday February 9 or Thursday February 16, be sure to come
on down to Mr X Shiggidy Shack at South Frigate Bay Beach from around 6pm. If you have trouble locating fellow forum members, stop by the bar and ask for fellow forum member Paula and let her know you are there for the forum link up, so she can point out where we're hanging out. Looking forward to meeting you at one of the forum link ups.
That's all for now. Happy reading and viewing!
Editor, The SKN Beach Buzz
New at Discover-StKitts-Nevis-Beaches.com
I've added another video clip to the Discover St. Kitts Nevis Beaches video archive. The new video clip is of
George the Fire Man performing at Mr X Shiggidy Shack. Enjoy!
Over the next few months, I'll be making some changes to the structure and layout of the Discover St. Kitts and Nevis Beaches website.
These changes will simplify the process of making site-wide changes and updates. I do not anticipate any down time for the site as I will plan the work so as to minimize interruptions. Please bear with me as I make these important and necessary modifications to the site. Thank you for your continued support.
The following pages and posts were recently added to the web site and forum:
Then and Now Trip Report by a forum member from Canada
January 19 Link Up Photo Album
Major St Kitts and Nevis Events
2006 Nevis Olympic Triathlon
Rock Lobster Restaurant Review
Indra's Roti House Restaurant Review
Discover St Kitts Nevis Beaches Site Blog
Ten most recent forum posts
In Tune with St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts Diving Featured in Advanced Diver Magazine
St. Kitts Diving was featured in an article entitled "St Kitts: Diving off the Beaten Path" in Issue 20/2005 of Advanced Diver Magazine. According to the three page article complete with photos, ‘St. Kitts underwater real estate has an abundance of life!’. Read more here...
American Airlines Increases Service to St. Kitts
The St. Kitts Tourism Authority recently announced that American Airlines will offer five flights per week through summer 2006. The five round trip flights will operate on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 4, 2006. The increased service will offer visitors and overseas nationals more options in planning their visits to St. Kitts for major events including the India vs. West Indies cricket One-Day International Match on May 24, the cricket Test Match from June 22-26 and the St. Kitts Music Festival from June 29-July 2.
Read more here...
Joan Armatrading Visits St. Kitts
St. Kitts born Joan Armatrading, who is one of Britain's top female artistes recently paid a visit to St. Kitts. The St. Kitts Tourism Authority partnered with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to document Ms. Armatrading’s journey to the Caribbean.
Read more here...
Ocean's Edge Resort Breaks Ground at Frigate Bay
The ground breaking ceremony for a new resort, Ocean's Edge Resort was held on the afternoon of February 1, 2006 at Frigate Bay. Ocean's Edge Resort is a US$100 million five-star resort of 300 rooms to be spread over 40 acres and will be constructed on lands adjacent to the St. Christopher Club Complex at Frigate Bay.
Read more here...
Nevis Olympic Triathlon, March 12, 2006
The fourth annual Nevis Olympic Triathlon will be held on on Sunday March 12, 2006.
Oualie Beach Hotel and Sea Spawn Hotel are providing special accommodation rates for this event.
Read more here...
Cricket One Day International Match, May 24, 2006
West Indies vs India, 3rd One Day International
International Whaling Commission's 58th Annual Meeting and Associated Meetings, May 24 - June 20, 2006
The 58th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission will be held in St. Kitts at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort from June 16
- 20, 2006. There will also be a series of Associated meeting that will run from May 24 until June 14. The schedule is as follows:
- 24-25 May pre-meetings x 3 - AWMP, RMP and Environment
- 26 May - 6 June - Scientific Committee meeting
- 9-13 June Commission sub-groups (14th June Finalising Reports)
- 16-20 June Commission meeting
Cricket Test Match, June 22-26, 2006
West Indies vs India, 3rd Test
St. Kitts Music Festival 10th Anniversary, June 29 - July 2, 2006
Confirmed artistes for the 10th Anniversary of the St. Kitts Music Festival include Dionne Warwick, Morgan Heritage, Culture and local recording artist Crucial Bankie.
Caribbean Craft and Gift Show, September 14 - 17, 2006
The Caribbean Gift & Craft Show 2006 will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort from September 14 - 17, 2006. The theme for this year's show is 'Excellence through innovation, creativity and strategic linkages'.
Where's the Action @?
Bob and Elvis Party Bus Bar Crawl with Dinner
Are you ready to take on the local scene? The operators of the Bob and Elvis Party Bus are daring you to go local with the Bob and Elvis Party Bus Bar Crawl with Dinner. The action gets started at 5:30 until Midnight on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost for the pub crawl in the air-conditioned party bus with on board bar and musical entertainment plus dinner at a popular local restaurant is US$70 per person. If you have a group who is interested in the Bob and Elvis Party Bus Bar Crawl with Dinner, be sure to ask about their group rate.
For bookings call 869-466-8110 or 869-662-7848 or complete the
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park
A Photographic Tour
The Brimstone Hill Fortress, once known as the "Gibraltar of the West Indies", was designed by British Army Engineers and built by African Slave workers over a period of about one hundred years between the 1690s and 1790s. The Fortress was designated as a National Park in 1987 with the passage of the National Conservation and Environmental Protection Act. In 1999, the Brimstone Hill Fortress National
Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Inscription Ceremony was held in October 2000.
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|View of the restored building
housing the Canteen and restrooms, Parade Ground, ruin of the
Artillery Officers Quarters off to the right and Monkey Hill in the
||View of the Parade Ground which
serves as the main parking area with Infantry Officers Quarters,
Canteen, Warrant Officers Quarters and Visitors Center off to the
left. In the background is the Citadel and the ramp leading to it.
||Restored Warrant Officers Quarters
opposite the Visitors Centre where the Orientation Room and Gift
Shop are housed.
|The Infantry Officers Quarters to
the left was originally a two storey building. The ruin of the
Artillery Officers Quarters in the distance was said to be the
finest residence of the Fortress.
||The Lime Kiln played an important
role in the construction of the Fortress.
||The Main Ordnance Store in the
Orillon Bastion. Some
of the walls of the Main Ordnance Store are six feet thick.
|The Prince of Wales Bastion which
housed the Brigade Office, the Main Guard Barracks and a Powder
Magazine. It now hosts a conference / banquet facility that is ideal
for events such as weddings. A section of the Orillon Bastion is
visible off to the left front section.
||Another view of the Prince of
Wales Bastion, where there is a telescope that can be used for whale
watching as well as to view the coast, Sandy Point, neighbouring
islands and the ruins of Fort Charles.
||The Orillon Bastion was once the
site for the hospital. There is a cemetery located in the
lower section, where a number of tombstones are still visible.
|Cannon placement in the Prince of Wales
Bastion. The Infantry Officers Quarters, the ruin of the
Artillery Officers Quarters and Monkey Hill are visible in the
||The Citadel at Brimstone Hill
offers panoramic views of the mountains, Caribbean Sea, Sandy Point
and neighbouring islands. The lower level of the Citadel houses the
Fort George Museum in restored barrack rooms
||The Eastern Place of Arms where
the canons point toward the mountains.
|A view of the Town of Sandy Point
and neighbouring islands from the Western Place of Arms. The closest
island is St. Eustatius (Statia) while the barley visible outline of
the peaks to the left of Statia is Saba.
||The Western Place of Arms with
three canons overlooking the Caribbean Sea at the top of the ramp
leading to the Citadel. The building off to the right is the
restored Warrant Officers Quarters. Three cannons in the Prince of
Wales Bastion are in the foreground.
||Looking towards Nevis from the
Eastern Place of Arms.
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Here are the special deals currently on offer:
Fellow Discover St Kitts Nevis Beaches Travel Forum member Vick (SKBHOKIE) of Kays Fine Jewelry at Port Zante has graciously offered to give forum members an additional 10% discount on top of the 50% that he regularly gives. So next time you come to St. Kitts, remember to stop by Kays Fine Jewelry at Port Zante and ask for Vick.
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