This tropical St. Kitts excursion starts with a pickup at the pier where you, your guide, and other guests will set off on a sightseeing tour as you drive through the historical, bi-cultural (French/English) city of Basseterre. The drive to Basseterre is approximately a 20-25 minute drive from the port.
Along the way, you will pass the National Museum, the Berkeley Memorial, and Independence Square (formerly Pall Mall Square) while listening to your guide explain the island's complex history. Since 1750, Independence Square was the center of government and business. In fact, as you will hear on your St Kitts tour, African slaves were housed nearby and traded in the square until it was outlawed in the 19th-century. Thereafter, you'll head off to the coast for the Carving of De Rocks, but not before passing some of the other historic city's prime landmarks, including the city's many churches.
Tropical St. Kitts has had a dangerous history, well-deserving of its current peace. On your route to the Carving of De Rocks, you will pass the War Memorial, dedicated to remembering those servicemen who gave their lives in the World Wars. You will also see more St. Kitts sights on your tour, including the Bird's Nest, the Bloody Point, and Old Ruins Plantation. Your guide will explain the incredible significance of each of these landmarks.
Next, head through the lush rainforest, more than a quarter of the land mass to pass by the sugar plantations, previously farmed by slaves for two centuries, and on to the beautiful Botanical Garden and Romney Manor, a 17th century sugar plantation. There you will find Caribelle Batik (entrance fee included in tour price), which produces high-quality crafts made in the traditional batik style for you to admire or purchase as a souvenir. The Botanical Garden, Romney Manor, and Caribelle Batik are all located near to each other, therefore you will be able to walk around and explore the area for about a half hour before setting off to the historic Brimstone Hill Fortress.
Following Caribelle Batik, you will venture off on a 20-minute drive to Brimstone Hill Fortress (entrance fee included in tour price), built in the 1600's by the British to defend the island, and now converted into a museum. Once you arrive, you will have approximately 45 minutes to explore, take pictures, and embrace all the amazing sights this historic landmark provides.
After the fortress, you take about a 15-minute drive to the historic Black Rocks for beautiful views of the island. Your guide will point out other highlights and historical facts along the way. Timothy Hill is the last stop on this tour where you will visit the South East Peninsula, where the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea meet. Have your cameras handy, as this is a sight to capture before heading back to your ship! Reserve this complete St. Kitts tour for a pleasant day of sightseeing.
Please Note: This tour includes all entrance fees, which are needed for admission to Caribelle Batik and Brimstone Hill Fortress.
Reviewer: Yvonne Kossuth
The tour was a perfect 10. Tour operators were very friendly and fun to be with. We had a pristine air conditioned van. We made all the stops and the tour hosts made sure they showed us the whole island and answered all our questions. They served a rum punch and a non alcoholic soda, making sure people were comfortable. The stops were interesting and tailored for each persons ability. No beach stop, but plenty of beautiful stops along the way. Food is not plentiful and our tour was 5 hours long, so if you will be hungry, bring something along as a snack.
If you want to get a full island tour with stops at the major sights then this is the best tour. Annie was our tour guide. She is very knowledgeable about history and the culture of the island. She's funny and has lots of interesting anecdotes to tell.
Reviewer: Blanca Cook
This was truly a mega tour.....the hours just flew by. Our guides Annie and husband Spoonie were the most gracious hosts and very proud of their island. They were very informative and truly fun people to be with. We only had two vans with maybe 8 people in each. One passenger was not feeling well and they couldn't do more for that person. At every stop they made sure she was comfortable. Annie kept massaging her back and neck and was very attentive to her. We had enough time at every stop to enjoy ourselves, do bathroom runs and some shopping. Highly recommend this tour for the money.
Reviewer: Beverly Eckhardt
We've never been to the Caribbean before and wanted to do shore excursions that would introduce us to each island. We learned about the culture, industry, history and government while touring this beautiful island. Our tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed this very much!
Reviewer: Harry Lee
We'd never been to St. Kitts before, so this was an excellent way to see the island. Joseph, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable, and his wife Annie makes the best rum punch EVER! We had many stops along the way and didn't feel rushed at all. The only problem was that there weren't many stops where you could get food. Someone was grilling something at the fort, but since the tour was only supposed to last 4 hours, we figured we'd just wait until we got back to our ship. The tour lasted close to 6 hours, so we were famished by the time the tour was over. We'd definitely recommend this tour, tho; just take some snacks with you or buy something to eat when you get the chance.