A stroll of St. Kitt’s capital, whether started at Port Zante Marina or the centrally located Independence Square, is an entertaining way to learn more about the island’s past. While the French named Basseterre (it means “low land”), the British are responsible for the town’s most recognizable landmark—the green, cast-iron Berkeley Memorial Clock in the center of the Circus, where several streets intersect. Make sure to visit the area, as well as Independence Square, St. George’s Anglican Church, and the Old Treasury Building, which now serves as the National Museum of St. Kitts. Along your walk, you’ll also find duty-free shops and local boutiques, plus a lively produce market by the waterfront if you come on the weekend.
The building where I lived while serving in the Peace Corps was right downtown in the capital city of Basseterre. This is where all of the cruise ships dock and all the action takes place. During Carnivale the locals mount massive amplifiers on flatbed trucks and the booming of the bass notes make windows shatter! I took to my roof to get out of the crowds and was able to get some great photos shooting down on the parade. FYI, St. Kitts is an 18-mile long, 5-mile long island in the Eastern Caribbean with beautiful sand beaches, zips lines, sugar plantation tours and a fabulous hand-made batik fabric business you can tour.