St. Kitts Scenic View
Language and Currency
What is St. Kitts Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
English is the official language, but a form of patois (Jamaican Creole) is commonly spoken. Currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. US $ Bills are widely accepted, but not US coins
Vast, green, wind-furrowed sugarcane fields, a huge dormant volcano, dense tropical forests, beautifully restored plantation homes converted to inns and an abundance of wild, green, vervet monkeys, brought to the island by French colonists, greet the visitor to St. Kitts. This 65 square mile island was established in 1623 as Britain’s first colony in the West Indies. In 1983, St. Kitts and its tiny sister island, Nevis (less than 2 miles away) became independent nations. This easy-going island of unspoiled natural beauty is a blend of sunlight, sea and abundant vegetation. The picturesque capital, Basseterre, lies on the Caribbean shore near the southern end of the island. Balconied white colonial houses surround the central, octagonal Circus, designed in the style of Piccadilly Circus.
St. Kitts enjoys an average year round temperature of 79°F, with water temperatures a pleasant 80°. Low humidity produced by the constant northeast trade winds makes for idyllic conditions.
Ships dock at Port Zante, a brand new 27 acre cruise-ship/pier-marina in Basseterre. Scheduled for completion in 2003, at this time, the domed welcome center/pier are being utilized, but the shops and restaurants slated to be part of the complex are not yet fully functional. Although the city proper of Basseterre is within walking distance, a plethora of taxis are available for your convenience at the pier. Fares are fixed, but, prices can be negotiated and vehicles can be hired by the hour.
Most of the shopping is located at the Pelican Shopping Mall on Bay Road, in Basseterre, or in the shops on Liverpool Row and Fort Street.
Souvenirs and local handicrafts, such as, island baskets and leather (goatskin) goods are the best buys. Another popular item is batik (cloth dyed using wax) found at Caribelle Batik at the Romney Manor.
A view of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea on St. Kitts
First take a short stroll around Basseterre. Wander around Independent Square and the Circus, before making plans to venture to other parts of the island. The top historical attraction is most definitely Brimstone Hall fortress and well worth the trip about 9 miles outside of town. Part of a national park, in addition to its historical significance, provides breathtaking views of the surrounding islands.
From there make sure to visit Romney Manor, home of Caribelle Batik. This unique shopping/viewing experience should be high on your list of priorities while in port. A day at the beach is always an option. Banana Bay and Cockleshell Bay, lie side by side, and provide a beautiful 2 mile stretch of white sand. Frigate Bay on the southeast peninsula, near Basseterre, is another good choice. Here you can enjoy horseback riding on the beach. Kayaking and hiking in the rain forest are other active diversions. Perhaps one of the best excursions is a 6 hour catamaran trip that visits Pinney’s Beach in neighboring Nevis. This 4 mile stretch of golden sand is the location of the 4 Seasons Resort.
I would rank a trip to Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor and a catamaran trip to Pinney’s Beach as my top 2 choices.
I cannot make any personal recommendations, but would love to hear from readers who have a suggestion.
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I have read a review of the St. Kitts Scenic Railway which was posted on your site and I hasten to say that it does not reflect a true picture of this new, exciting...read more
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The mountaintops of St Kitts were covered with clouds. I was amazed at the absolutely flat Caribbean ocean. Not a single ripple. The island is lush with tropical...read more
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Went shopping and toured the port area in the morning, not much shopping here at all! There a couple cool old churches to read more
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We booked the snorkeling excursion, which was very nice, and the catamaran was a lot of fun. Snorkeling was pretty good, but having been to Cozumel and Iatapa...read more
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St Kitts - the real reason for our being on this cruise. We really wanted to try the "new" excursion on the St Kitts Scenic Railway but were appalled at...read more
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