If you’re lucky enough to visit St. Kitts and Nevis on your next Caribbean cruise, you’ll enjoy the lush, tropical beauty of these islands. Little wonder that they were fought over by the Spanish, French and British before becoming a long-time part of the British Empire. Since 1983, St. Kitts and Nevis has been an independent nation.
Cruise ships, both large and small, sail into Port Zante, St. Kitts, just outside the historic capital of Basseterre. Port Zante is a deep-water port that can accommodate the largest ships currently at sea. Birdrock Port, located just across Basseterre Harbor, is a freight port that can also welcome cruise ships when Port Zante is full.
From the port area, it’s just a 15-minute stroll to downtown Basseterre. The 18th-century buildings that have survived numerous hurricanes, fires and earthquakes give the town a timeless air. The hub of activity is The Circus, an octagonal plaza that’s a smaller version of London’s Picadilly Circus. The much-photographed clock tower in the center of the plaza is surrounded by art galleries, cafés, boutiques and craft shops.
Beyond Basseterre, take a ride on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, originally built to haul sugar cane; visit the impressive Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; or tour the remnants of sugar cane plantations. You might also choose to visit one of the island’s many beaches – some are calm and perfect for swimming and snorkeling, others have waves ideal for bodysurfing or windsurfing.
There’s a ferry that can take you across a shallow channel to Nevis, which also has wonderful beaches of soft white sand or black volcanic sand. You can look for pottery made of Nevis clay, take a nature hike in search of adorable vervet monkeys, or visit the lovely Botanical Gardens of Nevis.
Cruise ships call on St. Kitts and Nevis all year long. High season runs from mid-December through Mid-April.
To find out more about cruises that visit St. Kitts and Nevis, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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