St. Kitts Island tour Excursion Reviews
We booked this tours based on CC/TA reviews. Thenford Grey was our tour guide. He is very pleasant and knowledgeable about the island and we enjoyed the tour very much. Tour started with Basseterre then to some other sights before going to Romney Manor and the Batik demonstration/shop. Beautiful grounds surround the Manor. Then went on to Brimstone Fortress. We had only about 45 mins at this place but probably could have spent at least 1/2 day there. Then we went to Thomas Hill where you could get views of both the Atlantic and Caribbean. We then went to South Friars Beach. The facility had a restaurant and changing areas. It was a nice beach but steep and not as scenic as other beaches on the other islands and not good snorkeling (This is the only beach we went to on this island so can't compare to other beaches here).
We enjoyed Thenford Gray very much. However, the other 12 people on our excursion were german and were basically just waiting to get to the beach. Brimstone Hill was open on Christmas, and we wished we had spent more time there, with a historian. Thenford could have probably answered all of our questions, but he was busy trying to keep the Germans happy. They wanted to leave before our allotted time.
We booked an Island Paradise Tour in November, based on the reviews on CC & TA. Rosevelt responded quickly and sent us a detailed itinerary. We put a $20.00 per person deposit to hold our tour.
On Tuesday December 15, 2014 we met Rosevelt's the dock at 9 AM. There was plenty of room in the air-conditioned van.
After a half hour drive with three small stops to learn about flora and spices (Rosevelt even picked some flowers for all the women) we arrived at Romney Manor, where there were beautiful botanical plants with an ornamental fountain, an old bell tower and garden paths. On site, they demonstrate how they hand produce Batik fabric using a wax process and a shop that carries Caribelle Batik clothing. Old but clean bathrooms at this stop. We had enough time to watch the demonstration, plus I was able to make a purchase.
Next it was on to Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rosevelt paid the entrance fee, which is $10 per person for non-residents. Well worth the climb - what great views - especially on a clear day! The fort was known as 'The Gibraltar of the West Indies'. Food and bathrooms available at this stop.
Then a 10 minute stop at Timothy Hill where you can see the Caribbean on one side and the Atlantic on the other, with Nevis straight ahead. Our tour was from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. We had a terrific 5 hour tour for $50 per person, which in my book is a terrific bargain! Rosevelt also goes by the nickname "Texas" as he also served in the US Army, so his English is excellent!
We booked an independent tour with Thenford Grey of "Grey's Island Excursions. I had to try a few times to reach him by email because he was having trouble with his internet, but I'm glad I was persistent.
Our "Grand Tour of St. Kitts" gave us a driving tour and description of the city landmarks, lovely views of the coastlines and lush mountain valleys. Had a walking tour of a garden and saw a batik demonstration. Took a drive to a sprawling 300-year-old British fortress which is on two levels and is considered a World Heritage Site. Approximately 90 steps if you want to walk to the 2nd level for more expansive views. Ended with a stop at a hotel beach which was relatively crowded but we shared a chair and beach umbrella with another couple (fee was $5 or $10) which we basically used as a place to drop our stuff so we could go swimming. The water was cool and refreshing but not much to see in fishes. Also had option to do skidoos or a banana boat ride for an extra charge or have something to eat which we did not opt into.
Would definitely recommend as Thenford is knowledgeable and friendly and made us feel at home in his island.
We had been here before, had done the train trip (and thoroughly enjoyed it). Didn't see any tours from the ship that met our to-do list; all spent way too much time at one beach or another. So I got some suggestions (on this site?), did some on-line search, and found Royston. Royston's cousin Ashton gave a van full of us a good drive around the island with good photo stops, scenic views, history, batik, etc. At the end, after a good lunch, he dropped off those who wanted to stay at a beach, took the rest of us back to the port to enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the town.
Short, small bus with limited vieing areas. Island tour with stops.
There were several other ships in port so it was a busy Cruise Terminal. There are plenty of shops in the Cruise Terminal area. We took an Island Tour here and it was great. I believe we paid $25 per person and again it was an open air truck with bench seating that had cushions. The tour was about $2.5-3 hours and it was excellent. The final stop would be a beach stop if you wanted to stay and swim and they would pick you up in 1.5-2 hours later. This was about 20 mins from the cruise ship. They toured to the north of the island and then back into town, past airport, and up to the southern part to see where the more Americanized hotels/resorts were located. Plenty of stops for washrooms, drinks and stretching your legs.
Very good trip around, lots of good viewing, then to beach at the end, for a VFM for the $25 charge as very good.
Started out with a driver recommended by the desk at the pier. Supposedly it was $25 each but because we were 8 people it was $20 each. We started out and asked to be let off 2 blocks later as it was an old van with bold tires and the AC did not work. Took another van in town, new and with AC for $15 each without bargaining. Beautiful island. The nice beaches are on the Atlantic side. Nice gardens and batik production on other end. Worth the time and a good price!
Beware when you disembark on St. Kitts! You will be approached by locals with their monkeys! They're so cute, but when you take pictures of them, you will owe money to the owners! (they don't tell you until after you have taken pictures! 3 pics for $10!) But it is a beautiful place. Hiring a taxi is the best way to tour the island. We took an island tour through Jim and Rose Tours in an air conditioned van. Rose was very knowledgeable about the history and took us to the rain forest, the Batik factory, an old fort, and many abandoned sugar plantations. We fell in love with her English accent! Any by the way, they drive on the wrong (left) side of the road as they do in Europe! The steering wheel was on the right side of the van and the passenger doors were on the left. There weren't many traffic signs or lights but somehow collisions are rare. Rose took us to buy a cold, fresh coconut to drink/eat. We stopped at Black Rock beach for some fun in the sun. Our adult children got to accidentally swim with a shark (a small sand shark) and it didn't cost extra! A very fun and enlightening tour!
This was another tour with at least three large buses. I got the one with Tyrone, "Mr. T" as driver/tour guide. He was more than capable in both roles. Particularly impressive was his work in getting in and out of the gate to Brimstone Hill. There couldn't have been more than six inches of space when we squeezed through. In addition to Brimstone, we stopped at Romney Manor and on a hill overlooking Frigate Bay.
Leopold is funny, informative, educated, honest, a truly nice man. 20 bucks per person for a 3.5 hour tour that was amazing. Leos tours and taxi, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This tour took me to Fairview Greathouse and on a Beach Break. Highlight was views and photo opps at Timothy's Hill: best view of my entire 8-day cruise: astounding. Fairview is in a lovely setting and parts are well preserved; modern touches like the pool kind of detract. The gardens were ok; I had expected larger and perhaps more mature. Loved the place for the beach break-for me, it was too short (only 1 hr - so if you wish to swim, be in your suit already). Restrooms & changing areas were clean. Overall, I'd recommend it.
The Best of St Kitts was also good value, and included a visit to Brimstone Hill Fort which provided awesome panoramic views, and a fascinating insight into the history of the garrison.
We saw Fairview House and garden, Romney Manor and a Picturesque stop overlooking the Ocean and Sea. Romney Manor's grounds were pretty and there is interesting history, but you have to stop at the Batik store and listen to the demonstration on how Batik is made and then walk through the store before going outside to see the grounds. At the Overlook - the view was magnificent, but there was distraction of people with their monkeys trying to see you pictures.
We loved the island tour we did in St. Kitts. A full tour of the island, plus a beach stop. So many beautiful photo ops.
We weren't going to do anything but got talked into it. We were glad we did $15.Each 2.5 hour's. Drinks included. Well worth it. Go into town at the pier they wanted $20.each.
We booked with Thurmond Grey tour he was wonderful only $48 per person and he had us for over 5 hours. We saw the entire island including the Fort and a beautiful flower and plant garden. He then took us to a beach Shipwreck Cove and we were not fond of it seemed dirty and unkept. So we all decided to go back to the ship. St. Kitts is a poorer island but has potential. The monkeys out number people. I was able to see some in the wild but people trap them and try and make some money off them by making people pay for a picture. I did not do this.
KT21-The Essential St Kitts Tour. Great excursion
We booked at the port. The tour was good but we had price issues in that we were quoted one price to be paid at the end of the tour, and then the price changed higher at the end. Be careful, bargain well.
Ashton (Royston's cousin) was awesome. Had a lovely time. Took a private tour. Batik factory was awesome.