Fun things to do in Saint Kitts and Nevis

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    St. Kitts' Churches

    by bsfreeloader Written Sep 9, 2008

    Like its sister island, Nevis, St. Kitts features numerous old churches that are interesting to visit. Like the churches on Nevis, the churches on St. Kitts are not anything truly special and are generally more interesting from the outside than they are on the inside. Scattered throughout the island, some of the most interesting are, not surprisingly, in and around Basseterre.

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    Brimstone Hill Fortress

    by bsfreeloader Written Sep 9, 2008

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    As the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Leeward Islands, Brimstone Hill Fortress is justifiably popular with history buffs. But even those not particularly interested in history will find exploring this rambling 18th-century compound enjoyable and educational. Dubbed the “Gibraltar of the West Indies,” the fort offers an insightful look into Caribbean history as well as some truly fantastic panoramic views. It’s also as good a place as any to see the introduced Green Vervet Monkeys up close and personal.

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    Nevis' Historic Churches

    by bsfreeloader Written Apr 26, 2008

    In addition to its plantations and historic ruins, Nevis also features numerous old churches that are interesting to visit. The churches don’t compare to those in Europe, but they are worthy structures in their own right. Generally more interesting from the outside than they are on the inside, the churches are scattered throughout the island with the highest number, not surprisingly, in and around Charlestown.

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    Botanical Gardens of Nevis

    by bsfreeloader Written Apr 26, 2008

    The Botanical Gardens of Nevis features seven acres of tropical plants. Divided into various sections, including a vine arbor terrace, orchid terraces, a tropical harvest garden, and a rainforest conservatory, the gardens are visitor friendly, relatively uncrowded, and tranquil. The gardens, which cost $10 to visit, are open Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and closed Saturdays, Sundays and all St. Kitts & Nevis public holidays.

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    Nevis' Historic Ruins

    by bsfreeloader Written Apr 26, 2008

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    In addition to the many plantations, there are historic ruins scattered throughout Nevis. Generally designated by signs and known to all taxi drivers, the ruins are interesting places to poke around for a few minutes. Some of the better ruins are the New River Estate and Coconut Walk Estate ruins on the island’s east coast.

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    Nevis' Historic Plantations

    by bsfreeloader Written Apr 26, 2008

    Nevis features several historic plantations that have been converted into inns. Each plantation offers something different, and all are worth visiting. History buffs will particularly enjoy strolling the plantation grounds and poking around in the great rooms. Some of the more interesting plantations include the following: Montpelier Plantation Inn, which once housed Princess Diana for a week and is centered around a well-preserved old sugar mill; the Hermitage Plantation Inn, which is reputed to have some of the best food on either island and features a collection of historic cottages; Old Manor Hotel, which features an incredibly well-preserved 18th century steam mill; and Nesbit Plantation Beach Club, which features a respectable beach.

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    Pinney's Beach

    by bsfreeloader Written Apr 26, 2008

    Pinney’s Beach is generally considered to be Nevis’ finest. Contrary to what you may read in some guidebooks, the sand is not white at Pinney’s Beach. The sand is a golden brown with hints of black volcanic ash. The sand is soft, the water warm and calm, and the beach relatively uncrowded. There are several beachside restaurants offering up simple beach fare like grilled lobster, fish, chicken, and ribs. Pinney’s Beach doesn’t compare to the beaches on Anguilla, but it is a pleasant enough spot to spend an afternoon.

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    Take a Ride on the Sugar Train

    by bsfreeloader Written Apr 26, 2008

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    Catering almost exclusively to cruise ship passengers, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway is about as cheesy and touristy an experience as you can find in the Caribbean. The tour follows a track built between 1912 and 1926 to deliver sugar cane from the fields to a sugar mill in Basseterre; hence, the train is referred to as the Sugar Train. The train tour only covers half the island, with a bus tour covering the remaining half, and you never stop or even slow down at any of the sights along the way. Additionally, you have to suffer through a rather comical onboard choir and a never-ending selection of bad music the lowlight of which is the trains own theme song. Despite all this, the trip does provide an excellent overview of the island and its history and is a very enjoyable way to spend 3 hours, particularly if you take full advantage of the free piña coladas.

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    Fortress in the Caribbean - Brimstone Hill

    by shargurl Updated Mar 29, 2008

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    History buffs will appreciate the magnificence of Brimstone Hill Fortress. It was constructed between the 1690's and 1790's so you can feel the old world military presence here. All the cannon's were flown in to reconstruct the true feeling of the fortress.
    Also, the views are magnificent, we were in awe. If you go to St. Kitts, make it a point to visit here. Also, one of the differences when visiting here, as opposed to say "the Alamo in San Antonio", is that you can go everywhere and touch everything. None of it is blocked or cordoned off. Really cool...
    Entrance fees are $8 per person, children are half price.

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    scenic train ride

    by iam1wthee Written Mar 19, 2008

    This takes you around the volcano, mountain, coral reef, and beach. A lot of beautiful scenery surrounds you so make sure you have enough film or room on your memory card to take pictures. You will pass over some bridges that are like 20 feet high and up, so be prepared if you are faint at heart. On board there is a singing acapella trio to entertain you. There is also unlimited drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

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  • cockleshell bay and the lion bar

    by happytravelleressex Written Jan 12, 2008

    upon arriving on st kitts we were greeted by a rather charming island not yet spoilt by direct flights. the island itself contains some lovley beaches,stunning vista's,friendly people and superb bars and dinning holes. we discovered cockleshell bay rather by accident. up a long winding road some 6.5 miles from frigate bay you will find a derserted beach with in my opinion the BEST BEACH BAR in the caribbean. we have done foxy,s (bvi)sunshines in nevis etc but they all seem to be a victim of their success. i can do a popular bar with the rich and famous in london but a great bar with fantstic views,food,rum punch and a host from heaven i cant do in london. Enter "lion" with the warmest smile in the caribbean you will be greated to a truly memorable time. this bar does not do long hours,does not serve 15 types of whisky,10 types of beer or 25 ways to have you hamburger and i hope it never does.hours are approx 11am(ish til 5pm (ish) a volleyball court some chairs great rice,peas.chicken,fish wow i need to go back

    lion rock beach  bar and beach cockleshell beach/bay
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    From Slave Market to Independence

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    We walked along to Independence Square. There was a St. Kitts Tourism Authority sign in three languages (English, French and Spanish) at the corner (photo 2). It said:

    In 1834, this 3 acre area, then known as Pall Mall Square, described as "The Marketplace of Negroes", was a place where slaves were sold. Slaves were stored in the basements of homes nearby that today reflect a mixture of English and French architectural influences. In 1750, the local government bought the Square from King George II, and in 1983, it was renamed Independence Square"

    The reason it was renamed Independence Square in 1983 was to commemorate the independence of the island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis from Great Britain.

    A large fountain decorates the center (photo 3 and photo 5). There were trees and benches, and several dry fountains.

    On one side of the square was the Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Catholic dating from 1927 - I had seen the tops of the two towers from the ship).

    Fountain in Independence Square Sign telling the history of the square Another fountain Sidewalk along one side of the square Fountain backed by the church
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    Brimstone Fortress AKA Gibralter of the Caribbean

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 15, 2007

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    Situated 800 feet above the sea, Brimstone is one of the most dramatic spots in the entire Caribbean. It commands astounding views of the Caribbean, including Nevis, Montserrat, Saba, St. Martin and St. Barts. But the best I was able to do was to snatch a few pictures out the window of the van because our tour did not include it..

    In February of 1782, a French fleet commanded by Admiral Count François de Grasse had orders to force the British from St. Kitts - the same admiral who had earlier helped the English colony now known as the United States to gain their independence.

    His flagship was the 130-gun Ville de Paris. He had to take the massive Fort George on Brimstone Hill. At this time, the citadel had been under nearly continuous construction (by slave labor) for almost nine decades. A month of bombardment pounding the seven-foot thick walls of black volcanic stone (brimstone) led to the English surrender. One year later, the Treaty of Versailles returned St. Kitts to British rule.

    Brimstone Hill was abandoned in 1851, and the fort suffered neglect and vandalism. In 1965, it became a national park, and was restored.
    Hours : Sunday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30

    Fees : Residents - $5.00 E.C
    Visitors - $8.00 U.S
    Children - Half Price

    Tours of Brimstone Hill are conducted daily, and highlights include the hospital, ammunition stores, artillery officer's quarters, the Prince of Wales Bastion, and the Citadel of Fort George.

    PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING

    The water at the Hill is not safe for drinking.

    Children must be supervised and escorted around the citadel, museum and visitors' centre. It is dangerous for children to be unaccompanied by adults around Fort George (the citadel).

    All visitors must abide by the Regulations against:
    · littering
    · removing any plant, animal or object
    · cutting or injuring any plant or animal
    · damaging or defacing any structure (such as carving or writing graffiti)
    · playing or reproducing loud music or amplified sounds
    · abusive language and other forms of disorderly conduct

    Looking up the hill Driving along below the Fortress
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    St. Kitts Narrow Gauge Scenic Train Trip

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 9, 2007

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    The narrow gauge train goes all the way around the island, but it takes a good bit of time (like 4 or more hours) to do that, so they split the trip into two parts. One group gets on the train at the airport and rides the train out to the end of the island, and then rides the buses back to town. The second group (our group) takes a narrated bus tour from town out to the remote terminal and then rides the train to the airport where they are taken back to the ship by bus.

    We got into our van, and eventually we got out to the place where the train was to arrive. First came a small railcar which was to inspect the track in advance of the train. Our driver told us we were to get on car #3, and we could be either downstairs in the A/C or upstairs in the open air. We picked upstairs of course. We got free drinks (with alcohol if desired), a sugar cake (a local delicacy), and there was a choir of three ladies who came around and serenaded us at various times. There was also a narrator for the train as a whole.

    The first train of the 2007-2008 Season will operate on October 22nd. Hotel guests can purchase rail tour tickets from the tour desk at their hotel on-island.
    After a ride of about 2 hours, we came through a gravel pit area and to the airport where we got on the buses again to be driven back to the ship. They gave us a free DVD with a narrative about the train on it after the tour.

    Houses near town at sunset Train Surf
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    Brimstone Hill Fortress

    by Abeyna Written Feb 23, 2007

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    Brimstone Hill Fortress is a National Park located in St Kitts. Preserved by UNESCO as a world heritage site. This site, built by the British Military between the 17th and 18th century is one of St Kitts finest attractions. Captivating, educational and provides a great half day visit.

    My visit prior to this was in 1984 or thereabouts where i was only 2 years old! I don't remember the visit, but I have a picture to prove it.. I attempted to take another picture in the same location on my visit.. but I was taking the picture myself, so wasn't too successful.

    I visited on a Sunday morning where most of the locals were seen carrying their books to church on the drive there. It is a steep drive up to the main entrance of the fortress where I was welcomed by several wild monkeys, cats and two cows. I was personally shown around by this gentleman who claimed to have worked there for nearly 20 years, although he looked particularly young ( he was also single and I think possibly hoping I would migrate there..) I particularly enjoyed the breathtaking views the fortress offered including the surrounding islands.

    Well worth the visit.

    Inside the Fortress BHF in 1984! I'm the li'l toddler with my ma Outside Lime Kiln My personal guide. Statia island in background Hair blowing in the wind.. view inland
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