Seaview Inn is rather under-advertised place with a great location for an independent or business traveller. In all honesty, the title is misleading; first, none the rooms are facing the sea and second, the terrace (which has the privilege to do it) is barred from facing it by a newly-built Chinese grocery store. The rooms are conventional, so...more
Independence Square on a bright sunny afternoon is a glorious place. The sun underlines the elegance of the colonial houses lining the square and points out the meaning their builders wanted noticed right away – I am important and I know it! The so called “co-cathedral” must be the climax of this prose in stone since it has the statement right up...more
The National Musuem of St. Kitts is located in a single large room on the ground floor of a the old Treasury Building in downtown Basseterre. On display are old maps, photographs, tools and artifacts which highlight St. Kitts' culture and heritage. Although the exhibits are not of the highest professional quality they tell a fascinating story of...more
I've visited many cathedrals, great and small, all over the world, but never heard of a co-cathedral until coming to St. Kitts. It is part of a diocese which encompasses many island nations in the Carribean. The church was built in 1927, to replace an earlier structure dating back to 1856.more
On our Cruise through the Caribbean, the Evil Stepmother wanted to visit this Batik factory/tourist location, and so it sounded like fun. It is located on the grounds of the old Romney Manor, ruins included, (once owned by Sam Jefferson 11---great,great,great grandfather to Thomas, then bought by the Romneys). The grounds are incredible for photo...more
St. George's Anglican Church is a very impressive edifice of black stonework, first built by the French as Notre Dame Catholic Church in 1670. The structure has been burned or damaged by earthquakes and then rebuilt at least three times. Today the church is officially named The Parish Chruch of St. George with St. Barnabas.On the Saturday afternoon...more
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South Pelican Drive, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
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There are only a few restaurants in Basseterre, and I'll admit that we didn't eat at any of them, since our meals on board the ship were already paid for. However, during a hot Saturday afternoon walking tour of downtown Basseterre, Karen and I did step into this KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) for a cold drink. The place was packed with people, and there was a long line waiting to be served. I'm quite certain that we were the only tourists among them. The only other franchise restaurant we saw on the entire island was a Subway. This illustrates the fact that the tourism industry here is still in its developmental stages.
Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport is about two miles from downtown Basseterre. A few direct flights are offered to and from both Miami and London. However, most heavier aircraft land in larger airports such as Antigua, St. Martin, or San Juan, and travelers take lighter commuter planes to St. Kitts. Airlines serving St. Kitts include:...more
Taxis are readily available and are a very practical way to get around the entire island. The capital city of Basseterre is small enough that it is easy to walk to most parts of the city. Taxis are not metered, so agree on the fare before departure. Here are an example of some rates (US$) from Basseterre:Frigate Bay (one way): $8.00South Friars Bay...more
St. Kitts is not a shopping mecca on the scale of other Caribbean ports such as St. Thomas or Sint Maarten. However, it does offer several duty-free stores, as well as a local market. Most of the shops are between the cruise ship docks at Port Zante and the downtown area. At the time of our visit at least three large new buildings were under construction in the port shopping area, as the island is expanding its tourism industry.
Most stores are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday.
What to buy: You will find a wide array of gift items, jewelry, Caribbean clothing, rum, and souvenirs. There are also many arts and crafts from which to choose.
What to pay: Duty-free items are generally less expensive here than U.S. retail prices.
I always enjoy hearing street musicians and was delighted that these fellows were performing near the Pelican Mall on the day of our visit to Basseterre, St. Kitts. They were not the most talented group I ever heard, but they looked good in their matching bright green shirts. I dropped a little something in their tip box as my way of encouraging the performing arts.
The St. Kitts Scenic Railway, also known as the Sugar Train, runs on a narrow-gage line which was first built more than a century ago for carrying sugar cane from St. Kitts plantations. Today it has been rebuilt especially for touring the island, and I cannot imagine a more enjoyable way of doing so. On our recent 8 day/6 island cruise, Karen and I agree that our four-hour tour on the Sugar Train was our most memorable experience.
Both the scenery and the service are unbeatable. The double-deck, restroom-equipped rail cars provide air conditioned comfort on the lower level and continuous spectacular 360 views from the open-air top level. The accompanying pictures tell more about our trip. I will share more about some of the things we saw from the Railway on our St. Kitts & Nevis page.
If you arrive in Basseterre by ship, you can't miss the welcome center. In fact, to get from the ship to the town you will have to pass through it. Here you will find friendly helpful people, an information desk, restrooms, taxis, tour buses, and brochures telling about the island's attractions, history, etc.www.stkitts-tourism.commore
St. Kitts was ruled by Great Britain for more than 200 years, and visitors to the island will see many reminders of that heritage in the architecture, place names, and more, including this telephone booth at Independence Square, and others like it elsewhere in the city, such as at The Circus. In these photos Karen is actually using her Cincinnati...more
The Circus Plaza which forms the hub of the town of Basseterre, was intended to be a miniature version of London's famous Piccadilly Circus. At the center of the plaza, is the Berkeley Memorial Clock and Drinking Fountain, neither of which was in working order at the time of our visit. Surrounding the circle are several shops which appeal to...more