After visiting so many islands, we decided to try St. Kitts this year. It is our first time and we are looking to get to know people, some activities, laid back atmosphere, local food and good beaches. I would appreciate some help with the following:
Air Canada sells Marriott, Timothy Beach, Bird Rock, Sugar Bay Club and Ocean Terrace Inn. I was really surprised that the price for these hotels is almost the same for one week. The difference is more or less $100 for the entire week, regardless which one you choose (flight + hotel). I was thinking about Marriott but read that the beach is not that great (strong wind + strong underwater currant) which I find very disappointing. Is this the case? If so, what would be the 2nd best option? I called Marriott but could not really get the answer. Any suggestions? We are not spoiled but we are looking for a good beach, good location for exploring the island and certainly a clean place with some friendly people.
2. Restaurants where locals eat
We would also love to try some places where locals eat; not really into fancy restaurants when we travel but rather prefer to stay with locals and explore the culture.
4. Reasonably priced grocery/liquor stores
What would be the best place/grocery store for buying some food and liquor on the island?
5. Excursions of the beaten path
We are also thinking to rent a car or perhaps get a taxi for 2-3 days to go around the island. Any recommendations? Can we do the volcano tour on our own?
Can we do it on our own? Say cross with the ferry and hire someone local over there to give us a day tour and stop by a couple of beaches? Or perhaps stay overnight?
Many thanks and greetings from (still freezing cold) Toronto.