Like socks, Ant and Dec, bangers and mash and a bucket and spade, there’s many things that are better as a pair. We think Caribbean islands are another. They’re only a short flight between each other and each will offer a completely different experience to the next. Travel specialist Melissa MacSween has just returned from St. Kitts & Nevis and Anguilla, going one better and spending time on three islands. We chat to her to find out why spreading your time in the Caribbean across a few islands is better than just one.
Why is it a good idea to do a multi-centre Caribbean trip?
It can be so difficult choosing just one destination to visit. So, if you want to enjoy the best of both worlds and include some culture as well as relaxing on a beach for a week, the Caribbean is the place to do it! It’s so easy to get to and from them, with short flights daily or even a quick boat trip to an island nearby. The amazing thing with the Caribbean is each island is so different, so you can completely tailor your multi-centre holiday to suit exactly what you’re interested in doing.
Why were St. Kitts & Nevis and Anguilla such a great pairing?
St. Kitts & Nevis and Anguilla make an exceptionally great pairing as a multi-centre trip, as not only are they easily accessible from one another but they’re very different as well. So, it makes sense to do a two-, or even three-, centre trip. Anguilla has, by far, many more beaches and is mainly flat. The islands of St. Kitts & Nevis have dramatic, volcanic mountains, lush rainforest, hiking and sea adventures. Nevis had a charming feel to it, the locals are friendly and they make you feel more than welcome!
What different activities did each of them offer?
On Nevis, when we were staying at Nisbet Plantation, we went on a walk through some traditional villages. It was incredible and I really felt like I was living like a local, as it gave me such a good insight into the island.
Anguilla is definitely all about the pristine, talcum-powder soft beaches, while St. Kitts & Nevis is more about the culture and activities you can do.
What advice would you give to people planning a multi-centre Caribbean holiday?
If you’re considering it, I would 100% go for it! Don’t focus on just one island. Even if you just want to relax on a beach, try explore a little further, as I can guarantee you will come home with even better memories! I’d also recommend not going back to an island you have already been to, as there’s so much to see in the Caribbean. Try something new, as your experience will be completely different!