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St. Kitts & Nevis Attractions
St. Kitts and Nevis Attractions
St. Kitts Attractions
Brimstone Hill Fortress
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of historical, cultural and architectural significance. The Fortress, constructed intermittently between the 1690s and 1790s, is of singular importance as being the remains of a large, complete military community of the 18th century.
Brimstone Hill is nearly 800 feet high with steep and precipitous slopes. The walls of the structures are predominantly of stone, laboriously and skillfully fashioned from the hard volcanic rock of which the hill is composed. The mortar to cement the stones was produced on site from the limestone which covers much of the middle and lower slopes. The Fortress is virtually a man-made out growth of the natural hill.
The physical location of the Fortress presents attractive panoramic vistas of forested mountains, cultivated fields, the historical township of Sandy Point, and neighboring Dutch, English and French islands across the Caribbean Sea.
St. Kitts Scenic Railway
The narrow gauge St. Kitts Railway offers visitors to the two-island Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. Built between 1912 and 1926 to deliver sugar cane from the fields to the sugar mill in the capital city of Basseterre, the railway now provides a fascinating way to see the entire nation from the comfort of luxurious railcars built specifically for touring the island of St. Kitts.
Originally called Pall Mall Square. It was renamed on the occasion of St. Kitts & Nevis achieving political independence on September 19th, 1983. The Government first acquired Pall Mall Square in 1750 and it rapidly became the administrative, commercial and social center of Basseterre.
Old Road Bay
It was here at Old Road Bay that Sir Thomas Warner, along with his family and 14 others began the first permanent European settlement in the Leeward Islands. The settlers were at first on good terms with the island's Carib inhabitants, though such friendship lasted only a very few years. Rather than cultivating sugar, it was tobacco that had drawn Warner to the island, and it was the island's tobacco crop that first supported the settlement. The Warner family estate served as the capital of St. Kitts until 1727, when it was moved to Basseterre. Outside of Old Road bay are found a number of interesting Carib petroglyphs.
The Carib Petroglyphs can be found towards the entrance to the Wingfield Manor Estate. The drawing shows two of the original carvings drawn by the Caribs, depicting perhaps images of their Zemi or gods.
By 1626 both the British and the French settlements were expanding at such a rate that the Carib community began to perceive a threat to its very existence on the island. Joining forces with Caribs from a number of other islands, Chief Tegremare prepared to attack the European settlements. In the meanwhile, despite growing animosity between the French and the British, the two communities put aside their differences in order to mount a combined, pre-emptive attack on the Carib. As a result, over 2,000 Carib Indians were massacred here at Bloody Point.
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St. Kitts and Nevis Activities
St. Kitts Activities
Probably the best way to enjoy snorkeling on St. Kitts, is to take a catamaran cruise to the deserted coves along the southeastern peninsula. However, it is also possible to have a fully satisfying experience just by venturing around the rocks at the end of most of the beaches.
St.Kitts offers exceptional dive sites for the novice and the die-hard diver as well. These include wrecks, reefs, walls and caves. Excursions can be arranged, through your hotel, with any of the dive operators on the island. All of the necessary gear can be purchased and/ or rented from the dive shops. Note, however, that there is no decompression chamber available.
St. Kitts boasts a wide variety of beaches which range in character from the sparkling black sands of the northeastern side of the island, through to the grey sands and the golden sands which give way to a whiter hue as one travels towards the end of the southeast peninsula.
Friars Bay: The south - Caribbean Sea - side of Friars Bay provides a splendid beach experience for all. The water is calm and the atmosphere is usually quite lively, especially on Sundays. However, the more adventure-seeking visitor will probably be more exhilarated by the higher surf of the Atlantic Ocean on North Friars Bay.
Frigate Bay - South: This is the action beach strip on the Caribbean Sea. This one mile stretch of white-sand beach, which is ideal for swimming, wind-surfing, water-skiing and various other water sports, is also lined with various types of beach shacks - island bars that serve drinks, food, craft, and trinkets in an atmosphere infused with infectious Caribbean rhythms. The party goes on to the wee hours of the morning.
Frigate Bay - North: This white-sand Atlantic coast beach is literally in walking distance from the south side. It is ideal for relaxing, swimming, wind-surfing and surfing in some areas.
White House Bay: Apart from passive sea-bathing, this beach offers a tremendous opportunity for snorkeling. This is as a result of the rocky reef that shelters the beach and a sunken tugboat that harbor schools of multi-colored fish and other marine life.
Sandy Bank: This is an unusually calm Atlantic beach with a quiet, romantic aura.
Turtle Bay: This is adjacent to Sandy Bank beach. It a stretch of white sand beach that offers surfing possibilities and much seclusion.
Turtle Beach: Turtle Beach is not to be mistaken for Turtle Bay, which is on the northern coast of the peninsula. Turtle Beach is situated at the extreme end of the South East Peninsula, and is ideal for a day out. It houses an excellent beach bar and restaurant by the same name. The beach is great for bathing, water sports and beach sports. It is worth the drive.
Cockleshell Bay: Cockleshell Bay is two miles (3 km) of power-white sand. It offers a splendid view of the sister island of Nevis, since it sits directly on the Narrows, which is the channel between the two islands.
Dieppe Bay Beach: This small palm-lined, black sand beach is protected by a major reef, which serves to provide placid waters, ideal for sea-bathing. The reef also provides an excellent site for snorkeling, since it is the home of a variety of marine life. As you stand on the beach and gaze out at the water, you will be looking at the Caribbean Sea on your left, and the Atlantic Ocean on your right.
Pump Bay, in Sandy Point, is a good beach for beginners who want to dive and snorkel. It is a shiny, black sand beach in the shadow of the magnificent Brimstone Hill Fortress.
Conaree Beach: Some may argue that this is the best beach on the Atlantic side. It is a narrow strip of gray-black sand, signifying the meeting of the volcanic and coral features of the island. Body-surfing is popular here, as well as snorkeling along the reef.
Banana Bay: This beautiful, secluded beach is at the very tip of the southeast peninsula and offers pristine waters, soft sand, swaying coconut trees and uninterrupted peace. Enjoy the spectacular views on the way to Banana Bay beach.
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