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Basseterre, St. Kitts

Saint Kitts is the larger of the two islands that make up the small Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. 
Saint Kitts and Nevis are a pair of tropical islands in the Caribbean, about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago.


  • Basseterre
  • Cayon
  • Sandy Point Town
  • Parsons
  • Dieppe Bay
  • Molineux
As if it were the custom in the Caribbean, St-Kitts and Nevis changed hands many times between English and French, which has left it a heritage of cities with names from both countries. Contrariwise, the architecture there is very Anglo-Saxon (Style Victorian) with driving on left... Read more

Basseterre, St. Kitts


Saint Kitts is the larger of the two islands that make up the small Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. 
Saint Kitts and Nevis are a pair of tropical islands in the Caribbean, about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago.


  • Basseterre
  • Cayon
  • Sandy Point Town
  • Parsons
  • Dieppe Bay
  • Molineux
As if it were the custom in the Caribbean, St-Kitts and Nevis changed hands many times between English and French, which has left it a heritage of cities with names from both countries. Contrariwise, the architecture there is very Anglo-Saxon (Style Victorian) with driving on left and especially in downtown Basseterre: Circus Place the reproduction of the 'Berkeley Memorial Clock'.

The islands became an associated state of the United Kingdom with full internal autonomy in 1967. The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971. Saint Kitts and Nevis achieved independence in 1983. In 1998, a vote in Nevis on a referendum to separate from Saint Kitts fell short of the two-thirds majority needed.
There are also several ancient British fortifications which have been restored with minutiae and reproducing the tiniest details of the original construction. St-Kitts and Nevis will be called to be developed in the near future, in fact, many projects are in progress or completion, notably vast dockings to accommodate the largest liners and cruisers with terminals, loading docks, etc.
What is really remarkable about St-Kitts and Nevis is the natural aspect. Many tropical birds which one rarely finds elsewhere are present in great concentration in nature and there are also the famous monkeys which, it is said, were introduced by the pirates. An all-new road permits going to the southeast end of St. Kitts (Turtle Beach) where one feels that a certain febrility in the air will make of this part of the island an appreciated place. Indeed, one has only to take a little adventure in the underwoods with some fruit in hand to see oneself quite soon surrounded by monkeys coming gently to meet one to get fed. For the inhabitants of the islands, on the other hand, the monkeys have not perceived as big a joy, for these pretty little hairy beings plunder the harvest and nose around everywhere they can go.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts: Port Information

Large ships dock at the main pier at Basseterre, in Port Zante.
A large pier supports visiting cruise ships. If there are many cruise liners at a time, the vessel may anchor offshore.
Cruise passengers can walk directly through the "duty-free" shopping area, and onward to the central downtown area.

Get around Basseterre, St. Kitts

By car

Taxies and buses outnumber those needing them in St. Kitts. Be sure to negotiate upfront the costs of the trip, pay special attention to if the fare is in US or EC dollars. Temporary drivers licenses are available, as well as several rentals agencies.

By bus

Buses transit between the larger destinations on a regular basis during the day. The main bus stops in Basseterre include the ferry pier, Baker's Corner and points along Cayon Road.

By trains

Go on the scenic railroad tour that goes through portions of the narrow gauge railroad formerly used for the sugar mill.

What to see in Basseterre, St. Kitts

The largest historical site is the 

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

. A British fortification this was once referred to as the Gibraltar of the Caribbean. In the past several decades the fort has been under significant restoration and is now a popular tourist destination on the island.

What to do in Basseterre, St. Kitts

  • Golf Course at the St. Kitts Marriott.
  • The mountains of St. Kitts make for some wonderful hiking in the tropical rainforest environment. It is highly recommended that anyone unfamiliar with the island go on a guided tour, as most of the trails are not well marked. There are some short rainforest walks, including a well-maintained trail above Romney Manor that travels along and across the Wingfield's river. This is probably the best-marked trail, complete with ropes and steps. For those looking for more of a challenge, hiking up to the rim of the mile-wide crater on

    Mt. Liamuiga

    is much more difficult, but with a very rewarding view. Although it can be completed in under two hours (not including traveling time), it's best to plan at least three - particularly if you wish to enjoy a long lunch at the top. This trail is well-traveled, but it is not well maintained otherwise, and it is very common to have fallen trees across the path. Trails that are less well-traveled, but worth the trip (if you have a guide) are Dos D'ane Pond (on top of

    Verchild's Mountain

    ), and the Old Military Trail that crosses the middle of the island, from Romney Manor to Philip's (above Molineaux). The Old Military Trail is the historic path used by the British when the island was split with the French and provided the only land route to connect the British villages on the Atlantic side to the Caribbean side.
  • Scuba diving is popular on St. Kitts; scenic wreck dives include the wreck of the River Taw.
  • Rent a bicycle and ride around the island.

What to eat and drink in Basseterre, St. Kitts


A number of restaurants are located in Frigate Bay. Mr. X's Shiggity Shack, Monkey Bar and Ziggy's on South Frigate Bay beach are more traditional, casual beach bar restaurants. On the opposite side, on North Frigate Bay, there are several western-style restaurants, including Ciao (Italian), Rock Lobster (seafood, mixed American and Caribbean) and PJ's (American, delicious pasta). South Friars is home to Godfather's, Mongoose and Shipwreck Beach Bar. Cockleshell is home to Lion's Beach Bar and Reggae Beach Bar a new restaurant that has recently opened.

Around the island, there is also the Royal Palm at Ottley's Plantation (upscale), the Golden Lemon in Dieppe Bay, Ottley's Plantation (upscale), Sprat Net (casual, seafood) and Rawlin's Plantation (popular lunch buffet).
In Basseterre, you will find Circus Grill, Ballahoo, Stonewalls and in Fortlands there is Serendipity (upscale) and Ocean Terrace Inn's Fisherman's Wharf and Waterfall Restaurant (famous for their Friday Night West Indian Buffet).


There are a large number of local spots to get drinks (locally bottled soda and beer). These include little bars along the side of the road throughout the towns and cities, especially down by the ferry pier. On the southern peninsula, there are a number of beach bars and bar/restaurants. On South Friar's Bay beach and South Frigate Bay beach, in particular, there are a number of beach bar 'shacks' along the beach serving drinks and some offering food.

Shopping in Basseterre, St. Kitts

The city has a decent selection of small stores on its several primary streets. They offer restaurants, souvenirs, jewelers and local crafts, plus nearly everything needed for daily life by its citizens and visitors.

Among other crafts, the island produces and offers very high-quality batik, in the form of cloth, clothing, and numerous kinds of home decorations and accessories. The batik is made at Caribelle Batik, which is about 11 miles outside Basseterre, situated in a historic sugar plantation, Romney Manor, which has a lovely tropical garden around it.

In the past several years, the waterfront in Basseterre has been filled in to create a sizeable, duty-free, open-air shopping mall catering primarily to visitors. Virtually all merchants accept U.S. currency. Before giving you duty-free rates, merchants often ask for something that shows you are not a resident, such as a cruise card, foreign driver's license, or a passport.

Safety in Basseterre, St. Kitts

Although attacks on tourists are rare for the most part, Saint Kitts does have one of the highest murder rates per head of population in the Caribbean region. Accordingly, visitors should exercise appropriate care. On 14 November 2010, an armed robbery of a bus carrying tourists shocked the island, and although no one was hurt and the criminals were apprehended swiftly, a number of cruise lines suspended visits to Saint Kitts.

Language spoken in Basseterre, St. Kitts

The national language is English, although often spoken with a heavy regional lilt.


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