St. Kitts is located in the Eastern Caribbean. The island is 69 square miles with a population of 31,880. Basseterre is the capital city of St Kitts, a paradise of beaches, ponds and plantations. Basseterre’s Historic District, towards the centre of the town exhibits excellent examples of Creole and West Indian architecture. Original structures are restored into museums and cultural centers. The Brimstone Fortress offers spectacular views of neighboring islands and visitors and locals enjoy the waters at Friar’s Bay.
The many ship wrecks around Basseterre, make it a magnet for divers and the 15-feet deep waters off Banana Bay are great for snorkeling. Only twelve of 350 known wrecks have been identified. Basseterre Harbor claimed one hundred ships in one hurricane alone.
Things to See and Do
* The Treasury Building
* The Circus
* St George’s Anglican Church
* Independence Square
* Brimstone Fortress
Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD; symbol EC$)
Language – English
Land Area – 269.4 km²
Population – 12,000
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 1 – 869
Port Location – Cruise liners berth at Basseterre (St Kitts). There are regular passenger ferry services between Basseterre (St Kitts) and Charlestown (Nevis) with two to four sailings.
Transport Links -. St Kitts (SKB) (Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, formerly Golden Rock Airport) is 3.2km from Basseterre. Flights are via Antigua, Puerto Rico or St Maarten. American Airlines also has regular flights from the USA.
A good road network on both islands makes any area accessible within minutes. There are privately run bus services, which are comfortable and make regular, but unscheduled, runs between villages. Taxis on both islands have set rates Taxi drivers expect a 10 per cent tip. A selection of cars and mopeds can be hired from several companies.