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Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

Perched high above the sea on the east coast of St. Kitts is Brimstone Hill, a massive stone fortress built by African slaves for the British during the 17th and 18th centuries. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the military stronghold, which took...

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Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

This being a former English colony, St. Kitts is centered around the Circus, a small roundabout modeled after London’s famed Piccadilly and set in the middle of buzzy Basseterre. Preserved Georgian-style buildings line its edges, while...

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Cockleshell Bay, St Kitts & Nevis

Stretching along the Narrows—the channel between St. Kitts and its sister island, Nevis—Cockleshell Bay’s powdered sands and crystalline waters are among the island’s prettiest. The beach is a popular place to swim,...

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Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis
To say St. George’s has a rough past is an understatement. It was christened as Notre Dame Catholic Church in 1670 by French Jesuits, then burned down by the English, who rebuilt it as St. George’s Anglican Church in the early 18th...
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E Independence St, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

Dedicated in 1928 after an earlier church was razed and rebuilt, the Immaculate Conception Co-Cathedral is typical of Catholic architecture, with two cross-topped towers, a central rosette window, and a cruciform layout. The church is open for...

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Mount Liamuiga, St Kitts & Nevis

Standing at 3,793 feet, this towering, verdant peak is the island’s highest point. The dormant volcano is covered mostly in rain forest and capped with a cloud forest, making it ideal for a beautiful hike. The climb is an arduous one,...

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Old Road, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

Wander through the six acres of gardens surrounding this historic manor house, which is now home to Caribelle Batik, a shop selling handmade batik products. And don’t miss the massive saman tree on the grounds—it’s believed to...

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Adjacent to Romney Manor and the Caribelle Batik factory, Wingfield Estate is a former sugar plantation dating back to the mid-1600s. Here, you’ll find ruins of the rare St. Kitts sugar mills, which were powered by water instead of wind....
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Bay Rd, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

This comprehensive museum, which was dedicated in 2002, is housed in St. Kitts’ historic treasury building. Constructed from hand-cut limestone in 1894, the building is still known as the gateway to Basseterre, thanks to its imposing size....

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Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

A combination of train and bus, this three-hour tour weaves a fascinating route past some of the island’s most historic sights. Constructed from 1912 to 1926, the rail system originally carried sugar from St. Kitts’ estates to the...

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Wigley Ave, Fortlands PO Box 65, Basseterre, ., Brumaire, St Kitts & Nevis

Set on the water just outside the center of Basseterre, this breezy eatery is a favorite dinner spot for locals and tourists alike. The open kitchen grills freshly caught fish, spiny lobster, and steaks to order, and hosts a popular Friday night...

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Bay Rd, St Kitts & Nevis

The ambiance isn't what draws crowds of locals to El Fredo’s—there’s no view and the décor can best be described as basic—it’s the freshly prepared Caribbean favorites. Everything from curry goat and stewed...

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St Kitts & Nevis

Shipwreck is a classic Caribbean beach bar with umbrellas (in both the sand and the drinks), snorkeling off the shore, and live music on Sundays from “4ish to 6ish.” Don’t miss the fish tacos, claimed to be the best you’ll...

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St Kitts & Nevis
Dining in a beach chair—or at least a chair by the beach—is an essential part of the experience at Spice Mill Restaurant, which looks directly across the water to St. Kitts’ sister island of Nevis. The menu here journeys across...
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St Kitts & Nevis

When it comes to beach bars, it doesn’t get much better than this open-air spot on picturesque Cockleshell Bay. During the day, guests can take advantage of lounge chairs, beach volleyball nets, and snorkeling gear rentals. Friday nights...

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The ancient art of wax-resist dyeing reaches a whole new level at Caribelle Batik, located on Romney Manor. At the factory, you can watch artists as they boil hues, apply wax, and dye fabrics, creating the brightly colored, intricately patterned...

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Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

Local is the ethos at The Craft House. Commissioned by the government in 1982, the store offers a dizzying array of hand-crafted products, though the dolls, straw work, pottery, and leather goods are the best bets. No matter what you choose, you...

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House in a restored colonial building, Spencer Cameron Gallery, which is helmed by expat painter Rosey Cameron Smith, sells a mix of art work (sculpture, paintings, blown glass), plus reproductions of island charts and maps. For a...

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Bay Rd, St Kitts & Nevis

Join the locals under the tin roof at Public Market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings to browse island-fresh produce and just-caught fish. While this isn’t a straw market (which is more likely to have handicrafts and souvenirs), you may...