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Basseterre St Kitts

Basseterre, the capital of St. Kitts and Nevis, is an attractive waterfront town that charmingly encapsulates a mixture of the best of new and the old in this part of the Caribbean. It is one of the oldest towns in the eastern Caribbean and has been a busy port since the mid- seventeenth century. It is definitely worthy of a visit.

The country’s colonial history is evidenced by British and French influences and there is plenty to interest the charterer in search of a sense of the island’s history in the National Museum, Independence Square – the location for slave auctions in the past, the fort at Brimstone Hill and the numerous quiet plazas and churches of the town. The Clay Village Plantation House and Gardens are well worth a visit and there are several operators who organise off-road 4x4 trips departing from Basseterre through the rain-forested interior of the island which is home to all manner of tropical birds and plants. The energetic will want to hike up Mount Liamuiga (3,800 feet/1150 metres) and may meet some African vervet monkeys along the way. There are a few shops and the Amina Craft Market is a good place to browse for local artisan arts and crafts.

At Port Zante and in the old town there is a reasonable selection of restaurants and a few bars with live music.

 

Mooring:

  • Moorings are not available but the most protected anchorages are at Deep Water Port, near the Coast Guard Station or off the marina at Port Zante, which is the option chosen by most charterers for the shelter it provides from the south-easterly winds that can make the harbour itself quite uncomfortable.
  • Dinghy dockage is also available for a fee.

To Do:

  • Sight-seeing
  • Gambling at the casino

Facilities:

  • Water
  • Fuel
  • Ice
  • Showers
  • Garbage disposal
  • Provisions
  • Laundry services
  • Propane
  • Internet access
  • Taxis
  • Bicycle and car rentals