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A Case for St. Kitts

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A January 2001 trip to St. Kitts and Nevis by jemery

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Quote: Cooler. drier and more laid-back than your stereotypical tropical playgroud, this windward island has a lot to offer for some but isn't for everyone.

A Case for St. Kitts

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Overview

Monkey Bar Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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The cool, humidity-free breeze hitting me in the face at the airport told me this wouldn’t be the stereotypical Caribbean experience. In fact, St. Kitts is only half Caribbean: The other half faces directly into the Atlantic tradewinds. If you stay in the Frigate Bay area, where most of the resort hotels are, you can walk from Caribbean to Atlantic in about 20 minutes --- a great way to see the contrasts between the two coasts. The island’s not heavily tourist-infested --- yet --- but in Jan. 2001 there was at least one large, upscale resort complex under construction and the first casino had just opened. Sea kayaking, snorkeling and diving are very big on St. Kitts and ...Read More

Timothy Beach Resort

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Hotel

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Most of the resorts on St. Kitts are at Frigate Bay, clustered around the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. The Timothy Beach Resort offers plain-Jane accommodations but location, location, location. It’s within 100 yards of the watersports center and popular beachfront Monkey Bar, and there’s only a 10-foot cliff and some rocks between the restaurant terrace and ocean. Unfortunately, hurricanes have left the beach littered with stones and the most comfortable swimming is a quarter-mile away. Built on multiple levels cut into a steep hill, this property requires considerable stair-climbing. Staff --- including maintenance employees --- were invariably friendly and, except for some lapses ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 9, 2001

Timothy Beach Resort
Frigate Bay
St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis
(869) 465-8597

Frigate Bay Beach Resort

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Hotel

Frigate Bay Beach Resort Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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St. Kitts’ Frigate Bay Beach Resort is a moderately-priced hotel with many of the amenities of a more expensive property. About 3.5 miles from the international airport, it’s within walking distance of many of the island’s most popular Caribbean-side beach bars and dance spots. The resort isn’t exactly on the beach, but about a city block inland, built into the side of a hill between 50 and 100 feet above sea level. It’s laid out as a collection of two or three-story town-houses; many of the 64 rooms are actually studio apartments, with kitchen facilities and breakfast bars for longer-term guests. There’s a walking path down to the beach, part paved, part not. Nighttime lighting on th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Frigate Bay Beach Resort
P.O. Box 137
St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis

Garden Restaurant at Frigate Bay Resort

Restaurant | "The Garden"

Garden Restaurant at Frigate Bay Resort Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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The Garden at Frigate Bay Resort was the class of my St. Kitts dining experiences. There’s an outdoor resturant terrace with views of the bay, golf course and distant mountains and an indoor pavillion with similar views from a slightly higher level. Freshly-caught seafood is the specialty, but red meats, poultry and local St. Kittian treats are also available. All-you-can-eat buffets on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The Saturday Barbecue Night featured top-notch sirloin as well as the traditional ribs, chicken and seafood. Dinner isn’t until 6:30, but you can wait at the poolside bar and transfer your tab to the dinner check. Somewhat pricey, but justifiably so for the quality of food and ser...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

Garden Restaurant at Frigate Bay Resort
Frigate Bay
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
+1 869 465 8935

Marshall's

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Restaurant | "Marshall''s"

Marshall's Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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Atop a high promontory overlooking Frigate Bay, hundreds of feet above the Caribbean, Marshall’s is informal in dress and decor but elegant in everything else. This would be a memorable location even without memorable food. My table was on an enclosed deck just a few steps from the brink of a high cliff. There were gorgeous views of the sunset, a four-master moored in Frigate Bay and, beyond, the neighboring island of Nevis. Menu prices (entree only) topped out at U.S. $35 for steak fillet, broiled salmon or Chilean sea bass. Mid-range items included salmon fillet, breast of duck, rack of lamb or ribeye steak from $24-$29. However, given a list of tantalizing-sounding appetizer...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2004

Marshall's
Frigate Bay
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
+1 869 466 8245

St. Kitts Rainforest Trek

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Starting out on the main coastal highway, you’ll ride a 4-WD mini-truck from your hotel to about two-thirds of the way up the flank of the island’s central mountain range. Climbing upward, you’ll watch monkeys raiding the coconut plantations and see the transition from cultivated land to hardwood rainforest. The walking trail follows a series of undulating ridges and the valleys between them. Our guide said it was only a mile and a half hike but it seemed much longer. However, there were frequent stops for identifying the various exotic plantlife and --- occasionally --- spotting an exotic bird. The hike was a serious challenge for this 60-something flatlander --- the guide had to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

St. Kitts Rainforest Trek
Thru hotel Concierge
St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts 'Round the Island Tour

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Attraction

St. Kitts 'Round the Island Tour Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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The half-day Island Tour starts in Basseterre, the French-named but decidedly British-appearing capital, then follows the rugged coastal highway along both the Caribbean and Atlantic coasts. It passes many 19th century plantation estates and guest houses, with a half-hour visit at the Romney Manor/Batik Factory and an hour to explore the remarkable fortress on Brimstone Hill. You’ll pass miles of sugarcane and be briefed on how changing market conditions have threatened St. Kitts’ sugar-based economy. (Evidenced by remains of several long-abandoned processing plants.) Train buffs can track the still-operating two-foot gauge railroad that circles much of the island, hauling the cane ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

St. Kitts 'Round the Island Tour
Thru your hotel concierge
St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis

Romey Manor / Batic Factory Tour

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Attraction | "Romey Manor/Batic Factory Tour"

Romey Manor / Batic Factory Tour Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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n the 1880’s the Romney Estate was a huge sugar-cane plantation. Ruins of an 1883-built sugar refinery --- very photogenic --- remain on-site today. The former Romney manor house now houses the Caribelle Batik Factory, surrounded by a magnificent --- and also highly photographable --- garden and hundred-year-old trees.

Sugar is still the major crop on St. Kitts --- you’ll pass mile after mile of canefields on your way here --- but most of the old plantion homes have been converted into upscale guest houses or, like Claribelle Batik, tourist attractions.

This site is included in the ‘round-the-island’ tour package. Otherwise, you’ll need a rental car or chartered taxicab.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

Romey Manor / Batic Factory Tour
North of Basseterre
St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis

Brimstone Hill Fortress

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Attraction | "The Fortress at Brimstone Hill"

Brimstone Hill Fortress Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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The massive Fortress on Brimstone Hill, with bastions on multiple levels ascending the hill on which it's built, was started in 1690 and took nearly a century to complete. It was a major pawn in the wars between Britain and France over control of the Caribbean and was occupied by both countries at various times. It was abandoned and allowed to crumble after the Brits and French finally made peace but now it’s meticulously restored to the way it probably appeared in the 1800s. The must-see Citadel at the summit requires a daunting climb, but the ramp is paved and there are low stone walls you can lean on if necessary. MANY photo ops here. ($5 admission for non-residents of St. Kitts/Nev...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

Brimstone Hill Fortress
Sandy Point
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
+1 869 465 2609

St. Kitts Scenic Railway

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Attraction | "Riding the St. Kitts Scenic Railway"

St. Kitts Scenic Railway Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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Driving out of the airport on St. Kitts, it’s hard to miss the diminutive but colorful train parked just beyond a small railroad viaduct. Such wild, jungly colors ... and double-decked cars, yet! This, however, is no toy amusement-park train ride. Though the tracks it runs on are just 2-1/2 feet wide, the St. Kitts Scenic Railroad travels a full 30 miles around the not-quite-extinct volcano forming the center of this Caribbean island. To see St. Kitts as you’ll never see it from a tour van, you’ve "gotta" ride this train! Some people have compared the terrain it passes through to Maui; I’d personally say that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but there's plenty of lush vegetation and mountains...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 12, 2004

St. Kitts Scenic Railway
Sands Unit A6, Bay Road
Basseterre, St. Kitts
1-869-465-7263

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jemery
Chicago, Illinois