Basseterre Attractions

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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. 

Beaches

Frigate Bay South

You'll find a large number of beaches to choose from, although all of them are found nearby. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, for people who are so inclined. Click on the beach names to get additional information concerning that particular location.

Half Moon Bay: On the Atlantic side of the island, where the waters are at their roughest, Half Moon Bay curves inland enough to mitigate some of the more severe waves, creating swimming conditions superior to some nearby spots.

A second alternative worth considering 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: Heading south from the Marriot resort on the Atlantic side, you'll reach a roundabout. Going straight through will take you to the Caribbean coast and put you right on the beach.

These are merely a few of the places worth checking out To reach our complete page about beaches, go to this article.

Landmark Attractions

National Museum

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is National Museum. It is situated 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'd like to observe the beer-making process, another destination you might want to visit is Carib Brewery. The tour of Carib Brewery is for those aged 18 and up, and will last 40 minutes. The tour is done on foot and takes guests through the brewery to view daily operations and discuss the history of beer brewing and bottling.

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.

That's not all -- you will find some other sites to visit. For more in-depth coverage of landmarks this topic, see this article about other interesting places to visit in Basseterre.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you enjoy spending time out in the fresh air? You might be pleased to know the area has two interesting nature preserves nearby.

Atlantic Coast Rainforest is a nature preserve located within 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

Parks

Guests can visit several parks in and around Basseterre.

Dos D'Ane Pond is found within Christ Church Nichola Town Parish, 6.0 mi. Northwest of central Basseterre. For the most part, the trail that leads to the top is steep right from the get-go. There are a few breaks that allow you to walk on flat ground, but be prepared for some demanding calf-work.

The parks worth looking into are shown directly below.

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

Casinos

Feeling lucky? Guests wanting to test their luck on the slots will find a handful of venues where they can do so in and near the area.

Mapau Casino, on the premises of Port Zante Commercial District, is found within downtown Basseterre. After a day exploring the island or lounging on the beach, get your heart rate up by taking a chance or two. At Mapau Casino, ever move you make could cost you a little or pay out big.

If you want to try your luck at the slots, consider giving Royal Beach Casino a try. 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.

The gaming opportunities in and near Basseterre are listed in the following chart.

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
 

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