St. Kitts and Nevis is another beautiful Caribbean island which is fascinatingly unique from any other island in the region. With a population of approximately fifty-four thousand [from 2013 – and counting], the country is known for being very personal and hospitable to its guests when tourists come to visit. The overall climate of the island is a tropical climate which is cooled by the north-easterly trade winds with no particular rainy season and the highest temperature is thirty-three degrees Celsius.
Basseterre is the capital of St. Kitts and Nevis and has a population of 13.4 thousand persons in the area. It is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean. It lies between the parish of Saint George Basseterre and Saint Peter Basseterre, and also located on the south western coast of the St. Kitts Island. The infrastructure is rustic and has a very ancient feel like there have been buildings dating back to the 1900s; quite Victorian-style.
Greg’s Safaris, scuba and snorkeling, dolphin and whale watching, boat, city, hiking and camping tours, eco, sightseeing, nature and wildlife, historic and heritage tours are a few of the countless opportunities available to tourists and residents who love to explore. Of course the beaches, like Cockleshell beach, are a must-see as you have to dip your feet or dive into the beautiful blue ocean to know why Basseterre is so renowned.
If you ever venture to Basseterre, you should also check off these things to see:
- Independence Square(formerly Pall Mall Square)
- The Circus
- George’s Anglican Church
- Basseterre Co-Cathedral of Immaculate Conception
- The Cenotaph
- Kitts Heritage Society
- National Museum
- Amina Craft Market
- Public Market
- Kitts Sugar Factory Museum (under construction using the grounds of the sugar factory which ceased production in 2005)
- Warner Park Sporting Complex
- Pelican Shopping Mall
- Queen Victoria Statue Roundabout
- Basseterre National Park (under construction)
- Fort Thomas
- Springfield Cemetery and Chapel
The top three hotels or inns where you can catch some zzzs to recuperate for the amazing days ahead are the Ottley’s Plantation Inn, the Ocean Terrace Inn, and Island Paradise Beach Village, which are rated 1, 2 and 3 on TripAdvisor’s top hotels in Basseterre. They are affordable and cater to all tourists who are either looking for a unique experience or a bit homesick or wish for some warm comfort.
“Ottley’s will always be an incredibly special place to us as we spent our entire (8 day engagement) there before getting married. It was the most romantic and magical experience. We had our certificates and photos ready by the end of our holiday to take home with us. Amazing. We can’t thank the staff and especially Karen, Nancy, Marty, Donna and Janet for all their help and their welcoming and friendly manner. They couldn’t do enough for us. Our room was simple and comfortable, with everything we needed – fresh milk delivered daily. The food is tasty, varied and much better than any of the meals we ate elsewhere on the island (including some highly rated restaurants in town). We don’t have big appetites and they were happy for us to share dishes or to just order starters. The views are beautiful. The gardens exotic and well kept. The pool cool and clear. We have another romantic memory of swimming in the pool in the rain on our last day! The rainforest paths keep you fit. We just feel that Ottley is perfect – small, good quality (not showy), tranquil and friendly.” – Tourist who stayed to Ottley’s Plantation Inn during August 2016.
Marshall’s, Red Lobster, Carambola’s Beach Club, Serendipity, Sprat Net, Royal Palm Restaurant and the Pavilion are also some restaurants which have over the years become top-rated. Many reviews state that as a tourist you cannot come all the way to this island and not taste the authentic island cuisine prepared with love by the nationals…It’s just not done!
“We ate here our second night in St Kitts and came back our last night because we loved it so much. Modern, clean upscale decor. Fantastic, friendly, efficient wait staff. Everyone wants to please. We met the owner Mr. Sharp, his wife and his son. Delightful. He recognized us when we came back and sent over a bottle of port. Our waiter Lloyd who waited on us the first night was superb, as was our waitress the second night (I’m sorry I can’t remember her name. The maître D Ram was just wonderful. Honestly the food was superb, the ambiance fantastic. Nothing could have been better.” – Tourist who visited the Carambola in September 2016.
By Alexandra Daley