What’s the best way to see St. Kitts and Nevis’ famed monkeys?

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Andrea Milam

To see St. Kitts and Nevis’ famed monkeys, just step outside. Green vervet monkeys, which were brought to St. Kitts and Nevis by British settlers, are a common sight on these islands. For a sure sighting, head to Port Zante on St. Kitts, where locals greet cruise ship travelers with their pet monkeys. For a small fee, you can take your picture with one of these little furry guys, pet them and even hold one. Monkeys are also known to frequent beach bars and restaurants in search of a handout, but mind your drink — they’re known to steal beverages from visitors.
If you’d like to see green vervets in more of a natural setting, take a drive through the less-developed parts of either island during the early morning or late evening, when the monkeys are most active. You’re sure to see them scampering across the road. It’s been said that there are more monkeys than people living on these islands, so your quest to see one in person shouldn’t be too difficult.

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