St Kitts & Nevis
Basseterre, the picturesque capital, located near the seabord of the west coast, retains the flavor of both French and British occupation, and there are many Georgian buildings surrounding Independence Square. Other sights in or near the capital include: The Circus, the market, St George’s Church, Craft House, Brimstone Hill Fortress, Black Rocks, Romney Manor and the Caribelle Batik Factory, the Primate Research Center, Frigate Bay Development, the southeastern peninsula and Mount Liamuiga’s volcanic crater.
Brimstone Hill is one of the most impressive New World forts, built on the peak known as ‘The Gibraltar of the West Indies’. It boasts a splendid view of the nearby islands of Saba and St Eustatius. Frigate Bay is the main resort area on the island and has been designated a Tourist Area by the Government. It boasts two fine beaches, hotels, a golf course and a casino.
Nevis has been known as the ‘Queen of the Caribbean’, and over the last 100 years, the island has become one of the world’s most exclusive resorts and spas.
Charlestown, the capital is a delightful town, with weathered wooden buildings decorated like delicate gingerbread and great arches of brilliantly colored bougainvillaea. The town contains several reminders of Nevisian history, such as the Cotton Ginnery, Alexander Hamilton’s birthplace and museum, the Court House, the War Memorial, the Alexandra Hospital and the Jewish Cemetery. Some of the plantation houses have now been transformed into superb hotels, such as the famous Nisbet. Other sights in or near Charlestown include: Nevis Philatelic Bureau, the Public Library, the Market, Bath House (one of the oldest hotels in the Leeward Islands), Eva Wilkin’s studio, Eden Brown’s Great House, Fig Tree Church, Nelson Museum, Bath Hot Springs and the Newcastle Pottery.
Things to See & Do
* Brimstone Hill Fortress
* Turtle Beach
* Black Rocks
* Mount Liamuiga
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Eastern Carribean Dollar (ECD)
Language – English
Land Area – 269.4 sq km
Population – 50,000
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 1 - 869
Port Location – Basseterre. This is a deep-water port capable of berthing ships up to 120m (400ft) and is regularly visited by cruise liners. Regular ferry services operate from St Kitts to St Maarten.
Transport Links – The main airport is on St Kitts (SKB) (Robert Llewellyn Brads) , 3.2 kms from Basseterre. Most international flights are via Antigua, Puerto Rico or St Maarten.
There are privately run bus services, which are comfortable and make regular, but unscheduled, runs between villages. Taxi services on both islands have set rates. Taxi drivers expect a 10 per cent tip. Cars and mopeds can be hired from several companies.