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24 hours Itinerary

While you could spend all day lulling on St. Kitts’ golden beaches, there’s much, much more to do in this tropical paradise. This one-day itinerary, ideal for cruise ship passengers disembarking at Basseterre, takes in the island’s historic sights and scenic landscapes. Rent a car or hire a taxi.

Breakfast with a Caribbean Flair

Kick off the day with a traditional saltfish and Johnny cakes breakfast at open-air Ballahoo in Basseterre’s historic heart.

Explore the Capital City

Filled with gingerbread-trimmed pastel cottages, is a friendly, laid-back town ideal for a morning stroll. Be sure to stop by St. George’s Anglican Church, Independence Square, and the National Museum.

Coastal Drive

Amble along the southern coast to Old Road Town. Just inland await the 17th-century ruins of a sugar mill at the historic Wingfield Estate; the flower-filled gardens of ; and the Caribelle Batik Store, where artisans hand-print fabrics using 2,500-year-old techniques from Indonesia.

Visit a Mighty Fortress

Continue west along the coastal road through picturesque villages. You can’t miss the towering bulk of along the way, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating from the 1690s, it provides an important look into the island’s colonial past. Be sure to pick up an audio guide and map at the entrance.

The Story Behind "Amazing Grace"

Learn how ship captain John Newton came to write the beloved folk song “Amazing Grace”—and how it relates to St. Kitts—at the Amazing Grace Experience at Sandy Point.

Visit Belle Mont Farm


Head to the foothills of Mt. Luimiaga to , a leading sustainable hotel set on a 400-acre organic farm. Sip on exotic cocktails made with farm fresh fruit and herbs at The Mill Bar, or dine on a late lunch of farm-to-table Caribbean-inspired cuisine at The Kitchen.

Be a Beach Bum

Be apart of the beach action of . Splash in the surf, go for a sunset stroll along the one-mile stretch of white sand or follow the sound of Carribbean rhythm to the many island bars that serve drinks, food, craft, and trinkets. 

Fine Dining with a View

Sit down for Caribbean bouillabaisse at or the grilled fished in coconut sauce at the beautiful , both in Fortlands, Basseterre, offering breathtaking views over the harbor. Or if you plan to make an evening of it at Frigate Bay, there are plenty of options here as well.

Bar Hopping Along The Strip

Enjoy rum punch and dance the night away to a live DJ or band at the many buzzing, spirited beachside bars along in Frigate Bay.

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3 Days Itinerary

Three days is the perfect amount of time to sample everything St. Kitts has to offer—history, gorgeous scenery, scenic train rides, duty-free shopping, horseback riding on the beach, with plenty of beach lounging thrown in as well. You’ll need to rent a car or hire a taxi for this itinerary, which assumes you’re based in Basseterre. Be sure to toss the snorkelling gear into the trunk.

Breakfast With a Caribbean Flair

Kick off the day with a traditional saltfish breakfast at open-air Ballahoo in Basseterre’s historic heart or at at Ocean Terrace Inn with exquisite bayviews.

A Stroll Through the Capital City

Filled with gingerbread-trimmed pastel cottages, is a friendly, laid-back town ideal for a morning stroll. Be sure to stop by St. George’s Anglican Church, Independence Square, and the National Museum and the Rosie Cameron Art Gallery.

Brimstone Hill Fortress

Continue west along the coastal road through picturesque villages dotting the rumpled green, palm-tree-shaded landscape. You can’t miss the towering bulk of along the way, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dating from the 1690s, it provides an important look into the island’s colonial past. Be sure to pick up an audio guide and map at the entrance.

Orchid Delight

Admire orchids of every stripe and color at , a fascinating agro-tourism demonstration farm. Then scale the watchtower for stunning views out over the sparkling Caribbean Sea.

Authentic Fare

Continue driving along the coast, around the island’s northern end, stopping for picture-taking or a quick snorkel at a secluded beach. Stop for a home-cooked lunch at one of the seemingly nondescript shacks. Locals very likely will point you to Cooper’s Bar/Glenda’s Place in Dieppe Bay Town, where a blackboard advertises daily specials—conch water (soup), BBQ ribs, fried local fish, stewed mutton … not to mention the Caribbean-flavored sides.

Sunset Rejuvenation

Round out a busy day with a beachfront natural aloe rub as the red sun drops into the sea and the sky turns tangerine orange and magenta before your eyes.

Beach BBQ

There’s nothing like tucking into freshly caught lobster grilled right on the beach, to a background track of crashing surf and local rhythms. Try Sprat Net in Old Town Road or one of the many beach in Frigate Bay.

Riding the Rails

Hop aboard the , a narrow-gauge train that once transported sugarcane on the island. As you make a four-hour circuit around the island, admiring stunning views around every turn, the conductor relates stories about the island’s sugarcane history, local folklore, and island geography.

Splash in the Surf

A string of beaches sprinkles the southeast peninsula, with being one of the most popular. Spend a leisurely afternoon body surfing, lying out on the sugar-white sand, and enjoying local food from one of the rustic beach bars.

Sunset Cocktails at SALT Plage

Give a toast to the sun with a signature craft cocktail at this overlooking the sparkling sea.

Dinner for Two

Round out the day with a romantic dinner along the island’s southeast peninsula. , capitalizing on the island’s multiethnic traditions with the freshest of local ingredients, is on Cockleshell Bay; and swank , showcasing a sushi bar, eat-in wine cellar, and fiber-optic fountains, is on South Friars Bay.

Rein It In

Saddle up for a canter along the beach or through lush, tropical rain forest and sugarcane fields. Visit Trinity Inn Stables or have Pereira Tours organize a tour for you.

Lunch in the Middle of Things

There are plenty of local restaurants in downtown Basseterre that offer delicious local fare. in Fortlands, Basseterre, offers the Caribbean’s best bouillabaisse, topped off with spectacular views over the harbour. Breezy Ballahoo and in the city’s historic heart whips up island favorites including conch chowder, fresh local fish and spiny lobster salad.

Shopping Heaven

Poke into Basseterre’s charming shops on a stroll around town, the perfect place to find souvenirs for friends and family back home. And don’t forget to visit Port Zante with its wealth of duty-free and the Amina Craft Market, showcasing a variety of pottery, accessories and paintings by local artisans.

Dinner with an International Touch

Basseterre and Frigate Bay have a bevy of international —whether you’re in the mood for Italian, French, Japanese, Indian, or Asian, you’re in luck.

Party Time

Drink rum punch and dance into the wee hours of the night at any of the buzzing beach bars.

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4 Days Family Itinerary

Four days is the ideal getaway to pack in plenty of family fun. Explore the rainforests and experience the island’s natural beauty aboard the Scenic Railway Train. Enjoy plenty of laid-back beach time, a chance to snorkel the reefs, and even time for Dad to get some fishing in.

Wake up on St. Kitts

Wake up early to a Caribbean-flavored breakfast at your hotel

 

Zip-line the Rainforest

Kick start your family adventure with a breathtaking zip-line tour through lush rainforests with , ideal for children aged six and up. Keep a lookout for resident vervet monkeys in the trees.

Explore Brimstone Hill

Visit the , offering a magnificent vantage of St Kitts, and a fascinating historical site to explore.

Seaside Escape

Head to South Friar Beach for some much-deserved beach time fun. Enjoy a sumptuous kid-friendly lunch at , unwind on the beach and swim in the calm turquoise waters.

Kittitian Cocktail Hour

Enjoy sunset cocktails at one of the cafes or bars along the beach at South Friars Bay. You’ll know you’re on island time, as you soak up the infectious Caribbean rhythm.

Authentic Caribbean Cuisine

Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at one of our fine dining establishments such as in Frigate Bay. Serving Caribbean cuisine with oceanviews overlooking neighboring Nevis, it will not disappoint for your first dinner on island.

Breakfast in Basseterre

Get an early start and fuel up with fresh coffee and pastry at one of the many coffee shops on the circus in Basseterre. Stock up on sunscreen, hats and waterproof cameras for the morning’s ocean voyage.

Snorkel World-Class Reefs

Embark on an exciting catamaran sail and explore St Kitts finest snorkeling sites. Enjoy a buffet lunch onboard, prepared by a friendly local crew.

Visit a Volcanic Beach

Head to your hotel and relax or go beach fishing at the black sand beach of . This exotic beach is protected by a reef also offering great bathing and snorkeling.

Bonfire on the Beach

Go early and enjoy a lively family-friendly beach bonfire at Mr X’s Shiggidy Shack Bar & Grill along at Frigate Bay. There’s fire dancing on Thursdays and live music on Friday nights.

Ride the Sugar Train

is a unique way to see the island and its friendly Kittitians. A great experience for older kids to learn about the island on a scenic meander along the coastline.

Lunch on the Circus

Enjoy lunch in downtown historic Basseterre at one of the many fine restaurants overlooking the circus. Try the bustling Ballahoo, offering Caribbean favorites of coconut curried shrimp, conch chowder and will cook your favorite whole fish just the way you like it.

Get Your Beach Time Bliss

Enjoy quality beach time on the quiet and secluded . Watch the sunset over cocktails at a beach bar and enjoy fresh seafood and authentic local flavors, whether you’re in the mood for a reggae style beach barbecue or fine dining.

Learn the Art of Batik

Watch Batik being made at Caribelle Batik on the beautifully landscaped Shop for a unique hand-dyed artwork and take a short lesson to try your hand at this one-of-a-kind process.

Retail Therapy

Stroll around the historic capital while shopping for souvenirs in downtown Basseterre and don’t forget to venture to Port Zante for duty-free shopping. 

Lunch with a View

Lunch on the breezy Verandah at Lemon Grass in Basseterre.

Until We See You Again

Steal a final glimpse of St. Kitts' beguiling beauty, bid new friends a fond farewell and keep the smiling faces you encountered on your heart as you head to the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) to depart the island. Travel safely, until we see you again!   

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7 Days Itinerary

If you’re fortunate enough to have a week on St. Kitts, you’ll be able to delve deeper into the island paradise’s offerings, including a visit to our sister island of Nevis. You’ll need to rent a car or engage the services of one of our knowledgeable Taxi Operators for this itinerary, which assumes you’re based in Basseterre or on the outskirts. Be sure to throw your snorkeling gear into the trunk.

Capital City Stroll

Filled with gingerbread-trimmed pastel cottages, is a friendly, laid-back town ideal for a morning stroll. Be sure to stop by St. George’s Anglican Church, Independence Square, and the National Museum and the Rosie Cameron Art Gallery.

 

Coastal Drive

Amble along the southern coast to Old Road Town, the first British settlement in the Caribbean. Just inland await the 17th-century ruins of a sugar mill at the historic Wingfield Estate (if you have extra time, go ziplining through the luxuriant rain forest here); the flower-filled gardens of ; and the Caribelle Batik Store, where artisans hand-print fabrics using 2,500-year-old techniques from Indonesia.  

 

Brimstone Hill Fortress

Continue west along the coastal road through picturesque villages dotting the rumpled green, palm-tree-shaded landscape. You can’t miss the towering bulk of along the way, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dating from the 1690s, it provides an important look into the island’s colonial past. Be sure to pick up an audio guide and map at the entrance.

 

Orchid Delight

Admire orchids of every stripe and color at , a fascinating agro-tourism demonstration farm. Then scale the watchtower for stunning views out over the sparkling Caribbean Sea.

 

Local Fare

Continue driving along the coast, around the island’s northern end, pausing for picture-taking or a quick snorkel at a secluded beach. Stop at one of the local huts for a home-cooked, local lunch.

 

Sunset Spa

Round out a busy day with a relaxing massage at one of our relaxing spas. Soothing bamboo treatments are an island specialty.

 

Beach BBQ

There’s nothing like tucking into freshly caught lobster grilled right on the beach, to a background track of crashing surf and local rhythms. Try Sprat Net in Old Town Road or Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack in Frigate Bay.

 

Summit Time

 

The dormant volcano Mount Liamuiga provides a lovely hike to its summit. You’ll pass through lush, tropical rain forest and beneath misty layers of cloud forest. At the top, admire far-reaching views of the Caribbean island paradise. Be sure to book a guide for the climb.

 

Beach Bum

Soak your hiking-sore muscles in the pellucid blue waters of , popular among Kittitians. Stop for lunch at one of the many nearby beach bars; favorites include friendly Shipwreck (offering the self-proclaimed “best fish tacos ever”) or one of the other local beach shacks, complete with wooden benches and corrugated tin roof (ask for the local catch of the day, perhaps wahoo or grouper).

Zip-line the Rainforest

Head to Wingfield Estate to experience our lush tropical rainforests from a thrilling new perspective. With Sky Safari Tours you’ll ride in a comfortable harness reaching speeds of up to 80 km an hour on 5 cable lines as you race atop St. Kitts’ spectacular rainforest.

 

Lunch on the Verandah

Take in the buzzing vibe of Basseterre from the wraparound verandah upstairs at Lemon Grass restaurant in Basseterre, a popular lunch spot serving international and Caribbean favorites.

Sun-Kissed Beach Time

Enjoy a sun-kissed afternoon enjoying sunbathing, snorkeling or flyboarding on one of the popular of South Friar’s, South Frigate or Cockleshell Beach.

Sister Island

Depart on a day trip to Nevis, our sister island via ferry. A tapestry of vivid green landscape, blue skies, and long, empty beaches, Nevis has an addictive slow pace of life that will entice you to slow down and relax. Spend the morning exploring the island’s proud history on the Heritage Trail by foot, car or bike; you’ll take in historic churches, picturesque sugar plantations, and plenty of goats and donkeys. Elegant Montpelier Plantation, with a 300-year-old sugar mill, is where British Naval hero Horatio Nelson married Frances Nisbet in 1787. Then find a spot on one of its glorious beaches to while away the afternoon. Pinney’s Beach is a local favourite, with its golden sands and turquoise surf; if you’re hungry (or thirsty), head to Sunshine’s beach bar (order the Sunshine Salad, “made with love,” and/or the Killer Bee cocktail).

The Freshest Sushi You've Ever Had

Sample sushi prepared from locally caught fish. Locals and visitors alike rave about Rituals Sushi; Ballahoo and Carambola offer fresh sushi as well.

Life's a Catamaran

Enjoy an all-day sail and snorkel aboard a state-of-the-art . The tour includes snorkeling in a secluded cove teeming with rainbow fish, a buffet lunch, and a fully stocked bar.

 

Around-the-World Dinner

Keep it easy tonight—but no less scrumptious—at one of the island’s upmarket international . Feel like Italian, French, Japanese, Indian, or Asian? You’re in luck.

Dolphin Time

Swim with dolphins and feel their love in a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Discovery Cove. 

 

Lunch on the Street

Eat like the locals from one of the many vendors at the local Food Court—offering the likes of barbecued meat, salt fish and Johnny cakes, black pudding, and goat water (spicy goat and breadfruit stew). Located next to the RAM’s Cash and Carry outlet in Bird Rock.

 

Shopping Spree

Enjoy duty-free at Port Zante, the cruise ship terminal just a few blocks from downtown Basseterre. Or seek out Amina Craft Market, where dozens of artisans purvey local handicrafts, the perfect place to buy gifts and souvenirs for friends and family back home.

 

Farewell Dinner

For the young and young at heart, tuck into fresh seafood and rum punch at  in Frigate Bay. Then dance the night away to a live DJ or band at one of the beachside bars.

 

Depart St. Kitts in Style

Checkout of your hotel and say farewell to lovely St. Kitts … until we meet again! And one last bit of advice: Choose the fly in/out option through ; you’ll agree flying has never been so easy. 

 

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