Attractions in Basseterre

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A culturally sound destination, your tour of important landmarks of Basseterre begins just by walking down the street.  There are a number of buildings that retain their original Georgian architecture, and in the residential areas, unique skirt-and-blouse houses designed to prevent flooding.  Inside many of these buildings are sites of historical significance, making this a great destination for those who like to learn about how a town came to be.  Outside of town there is some gorgeous scenery to be seen, though it takes a little work to see the area's natural attractions, which causes many tourists to stick to relaxing on local beaches. 


Frigate Bay South

There are a large selection of beaches to choose from, though they are all located nearby. Snorkeling is an option at several locations, for vacationers who are so inclined. Just click on each beach name for a detailed article concerning that section of the coast.

Half Moon Bay: The coast is covered in a distinctively dark, almost black sand; and like the nearby appropriately named Muddy Point, walking can sometimes be difficult on the sludgy surface. The winding coastline and nearby hillsides make for pleasant scenery, though, and the atmosphere is very relaxed.

A second option to consider is Conaree Bay. Head northwest on Wellington Rd a short distance from Basseterre until you reach Conaree Village, which is located just west of the airport. From here, make the short journey to the coast. From Independence Square in downtown Basseterre, the beach is 2.2 miles away.

Frigate Bay South: The Frigate Bay area is a narrow stretch of St. Kitts, with separate beaches facing north and south. The south side is frequented by locals and visitors seeking a laid-back atmosphere, volleyball, swimming and snorkeling in the calm waters of the Caribbean.

Nearby areas offer quite a few other beach choices. Navigate to this extended discussion if you're seeking more details.

Landmark Attractions

National Museum

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is National Museum. It is located in downtown Basseterre. For brief (read: quick) overview of the history of St. Kitts and Nevis, the National History Museum is what you're looking for. Housed in a historic building in its own rite, this museum is a great option for those who already have a jam-packed schedule.

If you want to observe the beer-making process, another destination you should think about visiting is Carib Brewery. Tours are given Monday through Friday with the exception of public holidays.

Berkeley Memorial Clock: Standing in honor of former President of the General Legislative Council Thomas Berkely, this monument features a grand clock tower with four faces. On the base there is also a drinking fountain where people can get some water.

These examples are only some of what's on the island. Make your way to this article regarding other interesting places to visit in this area if you want to find more specifics.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you like spending time out in the fresh air? You might be happy to learn the area has a couple of nature preserves nearby.

Atlantic Coast Rainforest is a nature preserve found in Ogees, 1.9 mi. Northwest of central Basseterre. Set 1,300 feet above sea level is the Atlantic Coast Rainforest. Here, nature enthusiasts have the opportunity to hike through some of the most beautiful green scenery around and maybe even catch a glimpse of the local Green Monkey.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Basseterre
Name Type Location Island
Atlantic Coast Rainforest Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Ogees, 1.9 mi. Northwest of Central Basseterre St. Kitts


Visitors can experience several parks in and around Basseterre.

Dos D'Ane Pond is located in Christ Church Nichola Town Parish, 6.0 mi. Northwest of central Basseterre. After five or more hour of a physically demanding hike up a mountain lies a treasure at the top: Dos D'Ane Pond. There are magical natural sites to be seen on your way to the top, but what awaits is simply breathtaking, and most agree worth every brutal step that it takes to get there.

The parks worth considering can be seen here:

Parks In and Around Basseterre
Name Type Location
Berkely Memorial Park Downtown Basseterre
Dos D'Ane Pond Park 6.0 mi. Northwest of Central Basseterre
Victoria Monument Park Downtown Basseterre


Looking for a bit of action? Vacationers hoping to test their luck in some gaming action will discover several places to go in and near the area.

Mapau Casino, which is part of Port Zante Commercial District, is found within downtown Basseterre. Recognizable by the red awning and pillars with snaking dragons painted up and down the front, Mapau Casino is located in the Waymark Shopping Center.

If slot machines are part of your plans, consider heading to Royal St. Kitts Casino. As the oldest casino on the island of St. Kitts, Royal St. Kitts Casino knows how to host a good time. Whether you prefer traditional favorites such as Blackjack, Craps, Poker, and Roulette, or pulling the slots, you'll find a building filled with entertaining diversions.

Royal Beach Casino offers a collection of games for guests to try out, including Baccarat - Punto Banco, Blackjack, Craps, Poker - 3 card, and Poker - Caribbean Stud. The night is never ending on St. Kitts at the Royal Beach Casino. As the sun sets, the casino lights up, with the 35,000 square foot facility filling with vacationers ready to put it all on the line.

Look through this table for more about gaming venues in and near Basseterre.

Gambling In and Around Basseterre
Name Located At Phone Location
Mapau Casino Port Zante Commercial District (869) 465-2919 Downtown Basseterre
Royal Beach Casino St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino (869) 465-5890 Frigate Bay, 2.5 mi. East of Central Basseterre
Royal St. Kitts Casino Royal St Kitts Hotel and Casino (869) 465-8651 Frigate Bay, 2.4 mi. East of Central Basseterre

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