the Saint Kitts!
St. Kitts was a tropical prize over which the European powers fought for more than a century. Discover French and British heritage in Basseterre and the complex colonial legacy amongst the ruins of fortresses and once-grand estates.
The One Thing You Don’t Want to Miss
Whether you’re a history buff or just want to take in the scenery, be sure to visit the 350-year-old estate, Romney Manor, once owned by a British earl. The beautiful grounds include magnificent gardens, exotic plants and an amazing African Saman tree, which covers half an acre and is believed to be as old as the estate itself.
Other Fun Things to Do
- Explore Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. Climb to the top of the main hill to take in amazing views of St. Eustatius and Sandy Point Town.
- Walk through Independence Square. Now a small public park, it was built in 1790 for slave auctions and council meetings.
- Visit St. George’s Cathedral. While originally christened Notre Dame in 1670 by the French, it was destroyed more than once and was most recently rebuilt in 1869 in typical Georgian style.
With this island’s dormant volcanoes and rugged mountains, hiking is a popular activity. And of course with turquoise-blue Caribbean waters, you can spend the day snorkeling, swimming or fishing.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
If you’re looking for a wide range of island flavor, St. Kitts is for you. Chances are you’ll come across all sorts of culinary delights stemming from West Indian, Creole, Indian, and French cultures. Typical dishes include roast suckling pig, shellfish and a variety of locally grown produce such as yams, breadfruit and papaya.