Took a taxi tour vs the cruise offered tours. We negotiated the price with Sam the Man (find and use him). He took us around the island, near the Fort, into the Batik gardens and then to Frigate Bay on the far side of the island.
St Kitts is trying to become like St Marteen and other islands nearby, but has a long way to go. The have the small village of shops at the end of the pier like most islands, but once you leave that you find yourself in downtwon St Kitts - crowded and not all that clean. Litter and trash on every corner. Compared to Frigate Bay which is very clean and well kept, it was disappointing. If you go there, head on over to Frigate Bay…beautiful and scenic.
FYI..the railway tour is very $$ and they now charge $10US to get into the fort..
Clean and friendly. The beach is a great people watching spot and there is an abundance of stores and shops to pick up gifts and jewelry at reasonable prices. You can negotiate almost everything.
I founf the liquor prices there to be better than onboard prices and they will box your purchase and get it to the ship.
My favorite bar is "The Blue Bitch" and sits just across from the beach. Free WiFi, decent drinks and the food is very good.
If you are looking fordecent souvenir prices, I recommend Caribbean Way on Front Street. Very helpful folks in there.
Take the water taxi ($7 all day).