With a population hovering around 35,000, the small island of St. Kitts is a gem of the Caribbean. Home to a plethora of beautiful beaches, the island also holds Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the largest fortress ever built in the Eastern Caribbean and among the best preserved in the Americas.
Really enjoyed our “Grand Tour of St. Kitts” with Henry Williams of Thenford Grey Tours
We were met at the visitors center by a young woman who put us into the very capable hands of our guide, Henry Williams, and we boarded a small, comfortable van with just 4 others. Started with a quick drive through of Basseterre pointing out the important sights. (Some day I’d like to spend more time exploring the “city.”) Then a drive along the coast through an area of “offshore” medical and veterinarian schools. (I didn’t realize there were so many on St. Kitts.)
The grounds at Romney Manor were lovely and Henry pointed out many of the unusual plants and trees such as the Traveler Palm. Good amount of time to shop at Caribelle Batik there and enjoy rum punch and a small piece of locally made rum cake. (These snacks and later lunch were not included in the price of the tour. That was fine as the cost of $55 was so reasonable.)
From Romney Manor it was just a little further to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth the climb up the stone steps to the top for the fort and beautiful views of St. Kitt’s coastline. Fort was really well preserved and fun to explore as well with many exhibits.
None of us felt we needed to shop (one of the options) so we drove instead out onto the Southeast Peninsula stopping for pictures of the Atlantic and the Caribbean (in just one shot). When we arrived at South Friars Bay on the Caribbean side, we were given the choice of beaches between a more upscale resort or less expensive but with all the amenities. We decided on Shipwreck Beach Bar & Grill and it made for a very fun afternoon. Rustic décor but good showers, changing rooms, and excellent drinks and local menu with fresh seafood. Picnic tables under shady pavilion or trees. Beach was a little narrow but they had plenty of umbrellas and lounges available. We brought our own snorkel masks and blow-up vests but rented fins for just $5 for the two of us. There was a sign warning about black sea urchins, but we only saw them on the reef further out where the water was deep and they could easily be avoided. Not spectacular snorkeling but life along reef was good. The day would have been perfect if the monkeys on the hill behind the beach had decided to come out but not my cruise for monkeys. (Didn’t see them on Antigua either.) Easy ride from there back to the ship and arrived in plenty of time before sailing.
Definitely the best value excursion of our cruise. Saw the best of St. Kitts in a comfortable van with only 2 other couples, excellent guide, fun beach/snorkel time, and fresh a la carte food from the Shipwreck Grill. Can’t believe it was all for just $55 per person!
The taxi/tour leaders that bombard you as you arrive off of the ship is OVERWHELMING! We opted to ignore their aggressiveness and walk into town. Along the way, we were approached by Bertram who arrived the four of us a van ride around the island for a very nominal fee. Something about his pleasant, non-aggressive demeanor, and his "uniform" won us over. He took us from tip to tip in ST Kitts with a stop at the Fort, the Romney House of Batik, and the point where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean sea! He initially offered a three hour tour which because of his expertise and pride in the sites of the Island turned into a four memorable trip.
Thenford was very knowledgeable and entertaining, and we enjoyed touring the island. He took us to the fort, the batik factory, and to the beach. Check it out on trip advisor. Very popular and highly rated.
We have been to St. Kitts several times and this time we elected to take a tour over to Nevis. The tour started with a ferry ride of approximately 40 minutes over to the island where we were met by our guide who gave us a 3 hour round trip tour of the island and then dropped us off at a restaurant on the most beautiful beach. The restaurant (sorry, I do not remember the name) offered up locally caught fish and other varied fare (approximate cost $15-$25 USD). The walk to the beach from the restaurant was under 4 minutes and the beach was clean and there were chairs available. Because our port stay was cut short our guide took us to the dock closest to St. Kitts and a powerboat (600HP engines) raced us across the water to the island where a bus met us for the ride back to the ship. Another very scenic island. Next time, I will just take a day trip to Nevis and sit on their beaches. A lovely day
She got you at port with a wonderful tour of her city, It was not as she said it was for the 30 $ you paid. No real stops except at rainforest entrance and seeing the sugarcane factory and aquaducts. The off to s far off beach scene with no actual visit to the beach. That was to a ride side vendors to get you to buy trinkets whic here amazing. Then dropping off the beachgoers after a glitch with 2 needing cash that was a fruitless journey to back to port,.....
So try not to get suckered into that one unless you dont mind the brief stops at 2 churches for 2 or 3 pics to next stop of egrets for 2 pics and speeding down roads in a open air van to get to another spot for 2 pics and speed off...
This port had many other ships in port. We wanted the scenic Railway tour, but it was all booked out by the ships. If this is your goal, book it through your ship. Otherwise, find a tour operator in port building up a bus full of tourists. We found one for $20/person and he served free alcohol up at the distillery we visited. It made for a nice tour.
We hit the Romney Manor garden, Caribelle Bartik, Brimstone Hill Fortress, Timothy Hill (where we saw both the Atlantic and Caribbean waters), and the Frigate Bay Beach from 11 am to 5 pm. Mr. Grey gave us a full history of the island and noted the plants and birds we saw.
First time visiting St. Kitts, using Trip Advisor recommendation reserved tour with Grey's Island Excursions. Great excursion, highlighting the island with a beach stop @ South Friars Beach (ate lunch at the restaurant).
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