St. Kitts’ Brimstone Hill Fortress is an imposing stone structure—an engineering feat and a testament to the strength and perseverance of the Kittitian spirit. Its construction began in 1690, and would continue, in phases, for 100 years.
At 800 ft above sea level, the fortress offers commanding views of the island’s coastline, the historic town of Sandy Point, and the forested peaks of its northernmost mountain range. Standing before these views, among the thick stone walls, the sense of wonder and reverence is tangible.
There’s a reason they call this the Gibraltar of the West Indies.
To visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park implies a scenic—and quite winding—drive from the coast, up the hill and through rainforest. Fortifying walls and narrow arched entryways mark your approach. Attentive eyes will catch a vervet monkey or two darting across the road and into the bush.
Ask around for directions to “The Circus”, and odds are you’ll find yourself on any one of St. Kitts’ four main roads—each eventually leading you towards the central square modeled after London’s famed Piccadilly. Small shops and café’s line the roundabout’s perimeter, while the vibrant Berkeley Memorial, built in 1883, stands at its center.Learn More
The War MemorialBasseterre
Honoring those who served and died in the First World War, the island’s War Memorial was first erected in 1926. Since then, the memorial has evolved to recognize the sacrifices made by six servicemen in World War II, and is the site of an annual remembrance commemoration on Veteran’s Day.Learn More
Romney Manor at Wingfield EstateMT. LIAMUIGA
Once owned by Thomas Jefferson’s great-great-great-grandfather, Romney Manor and Wingfield Estate were the site of the first permanent plantation settlement in the English Caribbean. The grounds have since evolved into a sprawling hub, home to the Caribelle Batik factory and Old Road Rum distillery.Learn More
Fairview Great House & Botanical GardensMT. LIAMUIGA
Follow the chattering vervet monkeys as they climb up towards the lush Olivees Mountain. Here, the manicured lawns and well-preserved interiors of the Fairview Great House and Botanical Gardens offer sweeping views, guided tours, and more.Learn More
The National Museum in the Old Treasury BuildingBasseterre
Just off the Basseterre bayfront, The National Museum houses the island’s local history, dating as far back as the 12th century. Sift through the stories that define St. Kitts’ history, from the Pre-Columbian era all the way to today.Learn More