Questions about a week in St. Kitts at Christmas

Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 11:22 AM
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Questions about a week in St. Kitts at Christmas

I am considering taking myself and two university aged children to St. Kitts at Christmas. Why?
It looks beautiful, appears to be warm at this time of year, I can get a direct flight from Toronto,
and it's affordable - I think. The cost for the Air Canada vacation includes the flights and a week at Timothy Beach Resort for approximately $1100 per person. My specific questions are as follows:

Are dining costs comparable to city dining out costs? For example, $5-$10 per person for a quick lunch? $20 per person for a mid-ranged dinner?

Are groceries expensive. For example, is a litre (quart) of milk $10?

Is the town of Frigate Bay shut down for Christmas and Christmas Eve?

Are car rentals easily available?

Sites suggest its 80F at Christmas and the mosquitos are not too bad at this time of year - fact or fiction?

We just want to read, sit by the sea, maybe do some walking, and eat. I am not averse to cooking, or to eating beach shack food. Even though the kids are university aged, neither will want to hit the clubs.

There have been excellent suggestions of Villa Rentals on the Fodors' forum; however, Air Canada does not offer flights independent of Air Canada Vacation packages. Other flights out of Toronto are not direct.

Thank you so much Fodorites for any information provided!
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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 11:59 AM
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I can give you some answers;

1) Depending on where and what you eat you can expect to find some items on the various menus in the price ranges you mentioned, although your lunch prices are a little low - realistically you'll probably spend more like $10 to $15 PP at lunch. $5 is only going to you something "very light" or "very simple". Dinners can be done in the $20 to $25 PP range. You will have to steer clear of the more upscale restaurants which will run you double the prices you mentioned.

2) Groceries will run about 25% to 30% more than you probably pay in the Toronto Area.

3) There's no "town" in Frigate Bay - it's mainly just resorts, plus a convenience store, a couple of souvenir shops, a wine store and a couple of restaurants and a few beach bars. Most of the beach bars and restaurants will be open Christmas Eve some may or may not be open on Christmas Day. Don't count on the shops to be open on Christmas. FYI - The main "town" on St. Kitts is Basseterre - a 10 to 12 minute drive from Frigate Bay. most of the stores and shops in Basseterre will be open Christmas Eve (some may close early) and almost all will be closed on Christmas.

4) Rental cars are usually available on the island but Christmas week is a very busy time on the island for tourism so rental car COULD be scares. It's best if you reserve one in advance. you can find a list of car rental companies with contact info here:

5) Yes, daytime temps should be in the low to mid-80's F. Mosquitoes are not usually a major problem on the island, especially in December when there are nice breezes which help keep these pests at a minimum. You are dealing with Mother Nature so there are no guarantees.
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We have a timeshare at the Marriott (10-15 minute walk from Timothy Beach Resort) and have been going to St. Kitts for 10-12 days the past 5 years every January. The weather has always be great, temps in the mid-80s (one day of rain in 5 years). We've never had a mosquito issue. Timothy Beach is right on the Caribbean and so are several beach bar/restaurants for lunch and/or dinner. They can be fun and inexpensive. There are fabulous restaurants as well on the island at US$50+ per person. The Marriott has a casino, several restaurants and music in the evenings. I agree with the first reply as to prices.

I would urge you NOT to rent a car. Driving is on the left, roads are narrow and not well lit at night. There are many taxis around the Frigate Bay area all day and night. Rates are set by the government and are based on zones, not metered. Fares are very reasonable and the drivers also make wonderful guides. I can suggest two drivers: Sackville Grey, [email protected] and Debbie Carty, [email protected]. Both are extremely knowledgeable of the island and very dependable (they'll give you their cell numbers so you can call anytime).

Check the websites below for more info.

Have a great time!
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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 09:21 AM
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You have been absolutely terrific in your responses to my many questions. I cannot thank you enough!

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