How and Where to ‘Lime’ On St. Kitts

 Image courtesy of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Image courtesy of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Spread positive island vibes while “liming” on St. Kitts

On a recent trip to St. Kitts, something caught me totally off guard. The locals were unusually happy. To be honest, I found the overwhelming politeness and gregariousness a bit unnerving at first. I mean, no one in Los Angeles will make eye contact with passersby unless they know you, so I’m pretty used to being ignored in public spaces. Kittitians, however, made a point to smile and say “hello” to me and everyone else they passed on the street. And when we made small talk, they genuinely wanted to know how I was enjoying their country.  

A destination that inspires positivity and community is hard to come by, so when Tastemade asked me to do a Snapchat takeover during my trip, I jumped at the opportunity. In this short video, we spread the island vibes, learn fun facts about the region and find out what “liming” is all about.

Fun Facts About St. Kitts and Nevis

1.    The region is known for a dish called goat water—a stew made from the meat and bones of goats as well as with breadfruit, green papaya and tomatoes. 
2.    There are more monkeys on the island than people. To help regulate the monkey population, the animal is on the menu at some restaurants. 
3.    One of the most popular cocktails on St. Kitts and Nevis is called Ting With a Sting. It’s made with grapefruit juice and rum (most likely Cane Spirit Rothschild aka CSR rum).
4.    Beer is cheaper than water!
5.    The terms “lime” and “liming” mean “to hang out,” typically with a friend or a group of people. It can also be used as a noun as in “we went to a big lime last night. It was wild.”

On the weekends, the best place to lime on St. Kitts is in a beachfront area in Frigate Bay called The Strip. Early in the evening, expect to do shots at the open-air Monkey Bar with a slew of students as they blow off steam and dance to pop music. Two nearby schools—Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Medicine and Health Sciences—bring in a significant student population from the U.S., so you might even run into someone from your hometown.

If you have time for dinner on The Strip, reserve a picnic table on the beach at Buddies Bar & Grill. While it can get quite lively inside the restaurant, the outdoor seating area offers just the right amount of chatter and people-watching. The food here is among the best you can find on The Strip, from spiny lobster and mahi mahi to a massive barbecue ribs dinner plate, complete with fistful of fries. Don’t worry, at Vibes Beach Bar down the way, you can work it off while practicing your sexy dance hall moves.

 Image courtesy of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Image courtesy of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority

My trip to St. Kitts was made possible by the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. Views expressed are my own.