Brimstone Hill, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, rises 800 feet with steep slopes and possessing a commanding view of the sea, was an ideal natural defense. Work on a permanent fortress on Brimstone Hill began in the 1690s and continued for about a century as the British and French wrestled for control of the island and its valuable plantations.
Saw the fort on Brimstone Hill and it was very nice. Great views mixed with some island history. We also saw a lighthouse and had a stop at an overlook of the southern beaches and resort hotels. You can see both the Atlantic and Caribbean from this vantage point.
It Poured all day. Happy we were in air conditioned bus! If there had been no rain, I am sure I would have rated this Excellent.
Thenford was a very knowledgeable guide; toured the entire island, providing interesting information about anything we asked about.
The sites were great. We went to Brimstone and a Manor. The guide wasn't very chatty which was disappointing. He told us some history, but only the basics. The tour said we'd have guided tours of the sites, but basically he drove us there and dropped us off to do our own thing. BUT, we got to hold monkeys at the Timothy Hill lookout and that was awesome! The only thing disappointing about the tour was the lack of enthusiasm from the guide. He was okay. Our boat didn't offer a Volcano tour which was disappointing. That would have been interesting!! Our friends did basically the same tour themselves in a cab, and it was much cheaper. It's not a huge island - easy to get around. Shopping is great here and close to the boat.
We toured with Grey Tours. Mr. Grey is a truly remarkable guide; blending a rich knowledge of the island's history with humor. It was a wonderful way to see the island and gain some knowledge of its history and inhabitants.
This tour visited Brimstone Hill fortress, Romney Manor, and was a narrated island tour. The sights were pretty good. After seeing San Felipe del Morro in San Juan I didn't think I'd be impressed with Brimstone but it is situated on a hill and provides some really nice views. Amazing structure too. The guide we had on the bus was OK but unfortunately the bus's air conditioning wasn't working. AC is certainly a minimum expectation in the Caribbean summer. I fault RCI for this because they should only be using the highest quality tour operators or it reflects badly on them. Caribbean Journey Masters was the operator and I would not use them again. RCI did refund 20% of our fee however when we brought up the issue.
We did the Brimstone Hill Fortress excursion and it was a great time. Very poor countryside but also beautiful. Batik fabric making was interesting. We hired the driver to take us to Shipwreck beach after the tour was over. Monkeys, mongoose and a black sand beach made for an unforgettable addition to our vacation.
Loved learning about Brimstone Hill and its importance as a defense; historical society there is doing a wonderful job caring for and restoring parts of the fort; also visited Romney Manor and saw batik demonstration as well as other areas of the island.
We took the brimstone hill tour combined with a trip to the botanical gardens. The fortress is pretty amazing, but this shore excursion is not for those who tire easily or have limited mobility. The top part of the fort is only accessible by climbing a fairly steep ramp.
The botanical gardens are very beautiful and have many types of tropical flowers and plants. I wish we'd had more time here to walk more of the trails through the gardens.
This was part of the excursion the "Essential St. Kitts" through Celebrity. The tickets stated it was operated by Caribbean Journey Masters. I admit that when we booked this tour, I was not excited to go to Brimstone Hill Fortress, but it turned out to be one of my favorite stops of all! The views are spectacular from every angle. This is a must see, the photos don't do it justice!
Friendly, interesting guide. Happy to see St Kitts more prosperous than the last time we visited in early 2000s. The fort is well kept for history buffs. The drive through the 'rainforest' and trip to the Batik Colonial Home was also lovely.
Great tour, our driver was great fun and the fortress is amazing! Do note that they left most of it in it's natural state, that means no guardrails added and sheer drops everywhere. This place was not dummy-proofed. I loved the authenticity.
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