Cruise 2017 - St. Kitts
St. Kitts was the last destination of our family cruise this year, and we were determined to make the most of it. We quickly found a taxi driver named Samuel who offered to drive us to a beach my grandparents had been to years earlier. They were VERY excited about going back, so I knew it had to be good. We pulled up to Carambola Beach Club and, to be honest, it was unlike any beach we had been to so far. It literally looked like a 5-star resort. There was a giant entry room with open windows out to the sea, plush cushions, and a perfectly stocked bar. It was also on the pricier side, with a cost of $25 for two chairs and an umbrella. After paying for a few chairs, we headed out to the beach and were greeted by the sight of a giant cruise ship/private yacht club. Grandpa estimates it has a yearly buy-in of about $1 million. Total pocket change.
After swimming in the beautiful water for a while, the fam and I decided we wanted a slightly more authentic experience of the island. We walked about a mile down the shoreline and stumbled across another beach called "Shipwreck." To give you an idea of the vibe of this place, I asked the bartender if they had wifi so I could post an Instagram, and she responded with "No, duh. You're shipwrecked. Read the sign."
While the beach itself definitely wasn't as nice there, the bar was awesome. My mom and I drank these cocktails called Sand Dollars (10/10 would recommend) with Bailey's and other assorted delicious alcohol while the boys drank beer. Right in front of the bar was a veritable jungle with wild monkeys and ferrets. I was pretty much close enough to steal the monkey and bring it home, but I held back. We even got to sign the bar and leave our mark for when we return.
At the bar, we made friends with a local cab driver nicknamed "Oho." He offered to give us a ride back to the cruise port when Samuel was a little late showing up. Lucky for us, Oho was also willing to give us pretty much a full tour of the island at almost no extra cost. We drove around for at least 45 minutes while he showed us the town he was from, the rainforest, and some of the most beautiful scenic overlooks you can imagine. We couldn't have found a better way to end our Caribbean jaunt of 2017.