The Island Of St. Kitts


The island of St. Kitts, located in the Caribbean Sea, is steeped in a rich history and boasts many historic sites to be explored. Its prehistoric Carib Indian grounds and plantation houses have been transformed into hotels and guesthouses. They are remnants of working sugar estates featuring sugar mill bases and chimney stocks.

A fortress, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features underwater caves, ancient wrecks, black and tan colored sandy beaches, a botanical garden, beautiful mountains to climb and a thick verdant rainforest to explore leads to the many revamped plantation houses.

The capital Basseterre is one of the places you should visit on a trip to the island. The center of the town is designated as the Circus. It features a green clock and water fountain built in 1883 and named the Berkley Memorial. This roundabout is an interesting focal point for getting around the town. Basseterre was once known as having the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the Caribbean.  The town of Basseterre still has numerous examples of vernacular Caribbean architecture, some wood and some built in Georgian style out of brick and stones. The Co-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is one such example of Georgian architecture which was built in 1927 replacing the original church built in 1856.

Apart from the architecture, there are over 250-recorded historic sites on St. Kitts. The adventurous traveler may choose to rent a car, grab a map and explore on their own. Others can opt to take a taxi. The island also boasts bird sanctuaries where hundreds of yellow billed white egret perch in the prickly Acacia trees. You may also witness live demonstration of pottery making.

Other areas of interest are Old Road and Romney Estate. Old Road was the very first British town in the entire Caribbean. The native Carib Indian Chief Tegreman met Sir Thomas Warner on January 28, 1623 when he landed with fifteen settlers. However, with the ravages of time the only indication of that early settlement are the stone petroglyphs that can be seen on the left hand side of the road to Romney Manor.

You may also visit Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park which is also another designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Dieppe Bay Town, which was the protestant French commercial capital of the late 16th century and Black Rocks and Mount Liamuiga, the latter of which feature the highest point in the Lesser Antilles chain.

If driving is not your thing, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway is also another option to explore this beautiful island. Remember to take loads of pictures, sample the local foods and take advantage of the entertainment.