St. Kitts

You can explore Basseterre, the capital city, in a half hour or so, and should allow four hours for an island tour. Main Road traces the northwestern perimeter of the island through seas of sugarcane and past breadfruit trees and stone walls. Villages with tiny pastel-color houses of stone and weathered wood are scattered across the island, and the drive back to Basseterre around the island's other side passes through several of them. The most spectacular stretch of scenery is on Dr. Kennedy Simmonds Highway, which goes to the tip of the Southeast Peninsula. This modern road twists and turns through the undeveloped grassy hills that rise between the calm Caribbean and the windswept Atlantic, passing the shimmering pink Great Salt Pond, a volcanic crater, and seductive beaches. Major developments are underway, including the Kittitian Hill and Christophe Harbour megadevelopments. The 6-furlong Belmont Park racetrack and state-of-the-art stables opened in 2009 but, despite the exciting equine environment that lured as many as 9,000 spectators, has closed indefinitely, its planned entertainment complex, with an upscale restaurant as well as polo grounds, go-karts, a retail complex, and bird and butterfly parks, on hold.

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  • 1. Banana/Cockleshell Bays

    Beach

    These twin connected eyebrows of glittering champagne-color sand—stretching nearly 2 miles (3 km) total at the southeastern tip of the island...Read More

  • 2. Black Rocks

    Nature Sight

    This series of lava deposits was spat into the sea ages ago when the island's volcano erupted. It has since been molded into fanciful shapes...Read More

  • 3. Brimstone Hill

    Historic District/Site

    This 38-acre fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is part of a national park dedicated by Queen Elizabeth in 1985. After routing the French...Read More

  • 4. Fairview Great House & Botanical Gardens

    Garden

    Parts of this French colonial great house set on more than 2 lush tropical acres date back to 1701, with an impeccably restored interior in...Read More

  • 5. Friar's Bay

    Beach

    Locals consider Friar's Bay, on the Caribbean (southern) side, the island's finest beach. It's a long, tawny scimitar where the water always...Read More

  • 6. Frigate Bay

    Beach

    The Caribbean side offers talcum-powder-fine beige sand framed by coconut palms and sea grapes, and the Atlantic side (a 15-minute stroll)—sometimes...Read More

  • 7. Independence Square

    Plaza/Square

    There are lovely gardens and a fountain on the site of a former slave market at Independence Square. The square is surrounded on three sides...Read More

  • 8. National Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In the restored former Treasury Building, the National Museum presents an eclectic collection of artifacts reflecting the history and culture...Read More

  • 9. Old Road

    Town/Village

    This site marks the first permanent English settlement in the West Indies, founded in 1624 by Thomas Warner. Take the side road toward the interior...Read More

  • 10. Port Zante

    Marina/Pier

    Port Zante is an ambitious, ever-growing 27-acre cruise-ship pier and marina in an area that has been reclaimed from the sea. The domed welcome...Read More

  • 11. Romney Manor

    Historic Home

    The ruins of this somewhat restored house (reputedly once the property of Thomas Jefferson) and surrounding replicas of chattel-house cottages...Read More

  • 12. Sand Bank Bay

    Beach

    A dirt road, nearly impassable after heavy rains, leads to a long mocha crescent on the Atlantic. The shallow coves are protected here, making...Read More

  • 13. St. George's Anglican Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This handsome stone building has a crenellated tower originally built by the French in 1670 that is called Nôtre-Dame. The British burned it...Read More

  • 14. St. Kitts Eco Park

    Educational Institution

    Created in collaboration with the Taiwanese government, St. Kitts Eco Park essentially functions as an agro-tourism demonstration farm, with...Read More

  • 15. St. Kitts Scenic Railway

    Tour–Sight

    The old narrow-gauge train that had transported sugarcane to the central sugar factory since 1912 is all that remains of the island's once-thriving...Read More

  • 16. White House Bay

    Beach

    The beach is rocky, but the snorkeling, taking in several reefs surrounding a sunken tugboat, as well as a recently discovered 18th-century...Read More

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