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. 

Beaches

Frigate Bay South

There are an abundance of beaches to consider visiting, though they are all located nearby. Snorkeling is an option at some locations, for visitors who are so inclined. Click on the beach names for more information concerning that individual beach.

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 location worth considering is Conaree Bay. Conaree Bay is a popular beach located on the Atlantic side of the island. The beach is a narrow strip of dark, mostly black, sand.

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 have a wider range of beach choices. Click this link to find our page dedicated to beaches for Basseterre.

Landmark Attractions

National Museum

An interesting landmark worth visiting 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're intrigued by the beer-making process, another destination you might consider heading to is Carib Brewery. Carib Brewery is the leading manufacturer of beer on St. Kitts. Tourists with an interest in how a large company produces such a huge quantity of well-made beer can tour the facility and learn all about the art of making beer.

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 are just some of your options. Take advantage of this article which is all about other enjoyable places to visit in this area if you'd like to discover additional specifics.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you enjoy being under the open sky? You might be happy to learn the area has a pair of nature preserves nearby.

Atlantic Coast Rainforest is a nature preserve located within Ogees, 1.9 mi. Northwest of central Basseterre. Trails loop through the rainforest, allowing moderately fit individuals to explore sites such as a spring fed waterfall, green caverns, and of course, the bountiful plant life. Animals to be seen within the rainforest include three different types of hummingbirds, monkeys, and blue pigeons.

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 located in 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 listed 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

Casinos

In the mood for some action? Visitors looking to test their luck in some gaming action will have a handful of alternatives in and near the area.

Mapau Casino, a 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 you enjoy the simplicity of playing the slots, consider heading to Royal Beach Casino. 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 shown in the table below.

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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