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

You will discover a large selection of beaches to consider visiting, though they are all located nearby. Snorkeling is available at several locations, for those who are so inclined. Just click on the beach names for a detailed review of that beach.

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 alternative worth considering is Conaree Bay. Body surfing is a favorite activity in the Atlantic swells off Conaree Bay. Swimming might not be a good idea for inexperienced swimmers since the waters can get turbulent.

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.

Of course, you can find plenty of other beaches to choose from nearby. Navigate to this extended discussion if you'd like to find some more information.

Landmark Attractions

National Museum

Many travelers choose to visit National Museum. It is found 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 learn more about the beer-making process, another destination you might consider 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.

That's not all -- there are quite a few other choices. Visit this article regarding other sites worth seeing in Basseterre if you're interested in learning additional details.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you like spending time under the open sky? You may be happy to learn the area has two interesting nature preserves nearby.

Atlantic Coast Rainforest is a nature preserve located 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


Vacationers can spend some time in 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 you'll be able to find are displayed 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


Feeling lucky? Visitors wanting to try their luck in some gaming action can find a handful of alternatives in and near the area.

Mapau Casino, part of Port Zante Commercial District, is found in 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 you enjoy playing the slots, you could give 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 following chart lists more information on the the 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

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