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Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: Independence Square is a Georgian-style plaza which was built in 1790. It covers an entire city block of 3 acres and offers a beautiful lawn, large shade trees, and flowering shrubs, surrounding a central fountain. At the time of our visit the fountain was dry and seemed to...
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.
Written Oct 20, 2005
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.
Updated Oct 19, 2005
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.
Updated Oct 19, 2005
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.
Updated Oct 25, 2005
Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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...