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How do you explore a nation when you have a limited amount of time? After researching things to do in St Kitts during a Southern Caribbean cruise, we opted to book a full island panoramic tour of St. Kitts. We used Viator to book this trip – it only cost us $55 per person, which was less than the cost through the Shore Excursions Desk on the cruise.
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The Best Things to do in St Kitts
The full-day excursion tour is a perfect introduction to what to do in St. Kitts and took approximately 5 hours – plenty of time to be back on the ship before sailing time! Your reservation will tell you how to meet your tour guide. For our trip, we met under the black and gold sign of a jewelry store upon exiting the ship. We were there in plenty of time for our 9 am meeting. We were separated into two vans of eight guests each. The tour we took was led by Ms. Annie and her husband, Spooney. We were in Spooney’s van.
The couple is very familiar with St. Kitt’s history. As we drove through, Spooney would announce the names of the areas. After a quick tour around downtown Basseterre, we drove up the coast to see some of the important sites on the island.
I love adding to my UNESCO Heritage World Sites list! This well-preserved historical site helps visitors envision how the British military protected St. Kitts. It really is amazing to see what was built and how the displays explain what life was like in this fortress. The tour starts with a short movie and then you’re left to explore the site on your own. There is a small restaurant here if you’re looking for a refreshment. The $10 admission fee was included in our tour price.
You can find out more about it here.
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17th Century Rum Distillery
Technically part of the grounds for Wingfield Estate (which includes Romney Manor). This archaeological dig site provided lots of information about how sugar mills and historical rum distilling occurred on this island. The 30 minute stop here was a bit long until Annie started explaining about the medicinal properties of various plants found here.
This beautiful manor in a former plantation has wonderful gardens. The views of the surrounding areas were fabulous. Inside, you’ll catch a batik demo and have an opportunity to purchase a batik item – from ties to shirts to everything in between. We got our included drink at this stop. If you’re going on your own, there is a $3 admission.
You can find out more about it here.
This stop was a newer addition to the tour and still being developed as a spot on the things to do in St. Kitts list. We stopped for too long at this spot. Ancient lava flowed into the ocean in this spot a long time ago, forming black rocks. Construction was advancing for future bars but for now, vendors mostly set up their crafts on tables. It will be interesting to see how this turns out. A pretty place for a photo, but not much to do.
This turned out to be my favorite thing to do in St Kitts. At the top of this point, you can see the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea at the same time. Due to the popularity of this spot, several vendors have set up here to sell drinks, snacks, and touristy items. We stopped here for about ten minutes. If you’re not on a tour, you should certainly consider asking a taxi driver to bring you to this spot and it will be the highlight of things to do in St. Kitts.
Keep in mind that this spot is super windy! Watch for yourself:IMG_6689
St Kitts Cruise Terminal
As I mentioned in my post about choosing this Southern Caribbean cruise, we chose not to get the drinking package on the cruise. At every stop, we looked for good drink offers. The great drink deal here was at the MaPau St. Kitts Casino & Bar just before you board the ship. While a bottle of Carib beer is less than 10 ounces, it only cost 99 cents! We weren’t the only ones enjoying this last-minute refresher and free WiFi!
And don’t forget to take advantage of any jewelry deals you’ve had your eye on – I’ve been tempted by morganite jewelry for a bit and so went ahead and bought a ring! Jewelry and duty-free shopping at the St. Kitts port should be added to your list of things to do in St Kitts.
Next time, I plan on stopping by some of the fabulous beaches on this island.
If you’re cruising a Southern Caribbean itinerary, you might be interested in reading:
Annick, The Common Traveler