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    Tomb of Sir Thomas Warner

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Oct 27, 2005

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    When Christopher Columbus first arrived at this island on his second voyage, in 1493, he was so enamoured that he named it after himself and his patron saint, St. Christopher. Sir Thomas Warner became the first European settler on St. Christopher 130 years later, in 1623. He adapted the shorter version of the name, St. Kitts, and it has stuck ever since.

    Warner lived on St. Kitts for 25 years, until his death in 1648. He also served as the first governor of the island. St. Kitts became the first permanent British and French settlement in the region, and was a strategic base for settling other islands such as Antigua, Martinque and Anguilla. Warner's tomb and a historical exhibit may be found here in the MIddle Island church yard.

    Middle Island Chruch and Cemetery A Closer View of Middle Island Church
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    Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Oct 21, 2005

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    The spectacular Brimstone Hill Fortress is not only a National Park but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of its historical significance. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the forboding mass of Brimstone Hill Fort has been called "The Gibralter of the Caribbean." Construction of the fort began under British rule in 1690, and took a century to complete, mostly with African slave labor. The huge fort, with its five bastions and citadel, covers 38 acres, and is one of the largest engeering projects even undertaken in the Caribbean. The fort eventually became obsolete and was abandoned in 1852. However, extensive restoration work began in the 1960s, and it was reopened as a national park in 1982.

    Hours:
    Open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Admission
    Adults: US $8.00
    Children: US $4.00

    Brimstone Hill Fortress
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    Big Guns

    by fitbod Written Jan 27, 2005

    This strategically placed 1818 tower is the finest in a chain of signal stations. Gun Hill Station carried news across the island to other stations. By using flags and lantern codes , crises such as enemy ships approaching, or fire in the canefields were dealt with in a timely manner.
    The station also houses a fine collection of military memorabilia, snack and souvenir shop.

    Atop a hill, 700 ft. above sea level
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    Batik Fabric-World Renowned

    by fitbod Written Jan 18, 2005

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    Romney Manor is a 17th century plantation which houses the Caribelle Batik Factory. Locals hand-craft this fabric which is known world-wide. Using wax to cover areas of the fabric they do not wish to dye, the women "paint" wonderful designs on the fabric. The method takes several steps depending on how many colors they use. As you can see, the results are vibrant colors in beautiful designs and patterns.

    Custom-Made Batik Fabric
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    Botanical Gardens

    by bettyboopadoop Updated Aug 1, 2004

    If you like flora I think you'll find the Botanical Gardens on Nevis to be an enjoyable way to spend a bit of time. There is a large variety such as cactus, orchids and roses as well as fountains and sculptures. It's not real large, but it did take us about two hours to wander our way through.

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    Golden sand

    by kyoub Updated Jul 27, 2004

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    Pinney's Beach is a nice stretch of golden sand. The Four Season's resort is located on this beach. If you look in the back of the beach you will see some of the buildings.
    It is not as quiet as it once was here but still worth a look.

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    Plantation House

    by kyoub Written Jul 18, 2004

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    The Hermitage is a 250 year old plantation house filled with antiques. They have one and two story cottages. They have open air dining for lunch and dinner. This is an interesting place to visit. Check out the old cistern on the grounds by the greathouse..

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    Bath House

    by kyoub Written Jul 17, 2004

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    In the seventeenth and eighteenth century Nevis was famous for its spa that could possibly cure gout and rheumatism.
    The once grand Bath Hotel and Spa stands as a ruin today.
    You can go inside and have a look and imagine how it was back then

    Ruin
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  • Catamaran Trip

    by Fate3000 Written Jun 17, 2004

    You have to jump on a Catamaran trip from St. Kitts over to Nevis. They are done around sunset, provide free alcohol on the way over there, and then the Killer Bees at Sunshines will wipe you out for the ride back across the channel.

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    Inside the fortress

    by GlobalMatt Written Jan 19, 2004

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    Here's a shot inside Brimstone Hill Fortress. Have you seen the movie, "Pirates of the Caribbean?" Does this look familiar to you? I'm not sure if this was the location for the film or not, but it looks like the fortress where Elizabeth fainted and fell into the water. Anyway, this was a really cool look into history.

    Brimstone Hill Fortress
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    Brimstone Hill Fortress

    by GlobalMatt Updated Sep 30, 2003

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    This is a gothic looking structure...almost castle-like in architecture inside built around the end of the 17th century. The views from the top of this fortress is stunning! I think I counted 6 islands from the top of the fortress. I recommend a visit here....but beware....for those who aren't in decent physical condition...there are a LOT of stairs to get to the top. The view is well worth it, though.

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    Romney Manor & Caribelle Batik

    by steph4867 Written Mar 12, 2003

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    The most unusual factory in St. Kitts. It was built around 1625 as a manor house for sugar baron Lord Romney. For years, it has been used as the headquarters and manufacturing center for a local clothier, Caribelle Batik, whose tropical cottons sell widely to cruise-ship passengers and tourists from at least three outlets in the eastern Caribbean. The merchandise ranges from scarves to dresses, along with an extensive collection of wall hangings. In 1995, a tragic fire and hurricane completely gutted the historic building. The manor has now been rebuilt and extended. Consider a stopover here if only to admire the 5 acres (2 hectares) of lavish gardens, where 30 varieties of hibiscus, rare orchids, huge ferns, and a 250-year-old saman tree still draw horticultural enthusiasts. Entrance to the gardens is free.

    Caribelle Batik

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    Basseterre

    by steph4867 Updated Mar 12, 2003

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    The British colonial town of Basseterre is built around a so-called Circus, the town's round square. A tall green Victorian clock stands in the center of the Circus. After Brimstone Hill Fortress, Berkeley Memorial Clock is the most photographed landmark of St. Kitts. In the old days, wealthy plantation owners and their families used to promenade here.

    At some point, try to visit the marketplace, especially on a Saturday morning. Here, country people bring baskets brimming with mangos, guavas, soursop, mammy apples, and wild strawberries and cherries just picked in the fields, and tropical flowers abound.

    Another major landmark is Independence Square. Once an active slave market, it's surrounded by private homes of Georgian architecture.

    You can negotiate with a taxi driver to take you on a tour of the island for about $60 for a 3-hour trip; most drivers are well versed in the lore of the island. You might want to make lunch reservations at either the Rawlins Plantation Inn or the Golden Lemon. For more information, call the St. Kitts Taxi Association, the Circus, Basseterre (tel. 869/465-8487 until 10pm).

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    Brimstone Hill Fortress

    by steph4867 Updated Mar 12, 2003

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    The major stop on any tour of St. Kitts. This historic monument, among the largest and best preserved in the Caribbean, is a complex of bastions, barracks, and other structures ingeniously adapted to the top and upper slopes of a steep-sided 800-foot (240m) hill. The fortress dates from 1690, when the British attempted to recapture Fort Charles from the French.

    Today, the fortress is the centerpiece of a national park of nature trails and a diverse range of plant and animal life, including the green vervet monkey. It's also a photographer's paradise, with views of mountains, fields, and the Caribbean Sea. On a clear day, you can see six neighboring islands.

    Visitors will enjoy self-guided tours among the many ruined or restored structures, including the barrack rooms at Fort George, which comprise an interesting museum. The gift shop stocks prints of rare maps and paintings of the Caribbean. Admission is $5, half price for children. The Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

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    Explore, the capital has a...

    by Kezman Written Aug 26, 2002

    Explore, the capital has a selection of shops, boutiques and places to eat and drink, not the cheapest place in the world, but not unreasonable.
    When getting around, there are some lovely secluded bays and beaches, some have bars nearby and are completely deserted. The island has a natural spring, so unlike most resorts, the water is fresh and safe to drink.

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