Transportation Options for Frigate Bay

Transportation in Frigate Bay is nothing out of the ordinary

Photo credit: © Werner Hoffmann

Frigate Bay is unique because the waters that wash ashore come from the Caribbean on the south side and the Atlantic on the north. The difference in the strength and quality of the waters is evident very quickly, but it is also lets tourists know that no matter their vacation style, there is a place for them in Frigate Bay. Before you can take a trip to the town where juxtaposition is commonplace, you have a bit of planning to do, and your first step should involve choosing which mode of transportation you will use to get there and how you'll get around when you arrive.

Getting There

Getting to Frigate Bay should be as laid back as the time you'll spend there. To accomplish this, most people will fly to the island's only airport, but sailing your own yacht can be equally as relaxing if sailing is a pastime you are fond of. One final option is to sail to plan to stop in Basseterre as a part of you Caribbean cruise.

Air Travel

Handling about 400 thousand passengers each year, the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) is located less than 15 minutes from Frigate Bay in Basseterre. After a $17 million (USD) renovation that was completed in 2006, the airport is not equipped to handle jumbo commercial liners on the 8,002 foot long runway. Since that time international air travel has increased, and the airport now welcomes direct flights from the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean on such airlines as Air Canada, American Airlines, and LIAT.


Those planning to take advantage of the excellent yacht club in Frigate Bay will find their nearest port of entry at Port Zante, which is in Basseterre.  You can clear in there following procedures that are typical throughout the region then make your way over to this town with relative ease.  Knowing what to expect before you sail in can be helpful, however, and you can find out more in our guide to Sailing to Frigate Bay.  


St. Kitts is not a popular cruise destination, but at least one berths at Port Zante in Basseterre each week during cruise season, which allows cruisers to de-board and take a taxi or bus over to Frigate Bay for some of the best restaurants and partying around.

Rental Cars

One of the most important things to be aware of when you rent a car in Frigate Bay is that you'll have to pay $24(USD) to purchase a local driver's insurance. That is on top of the cost of your rental, which could cost up to $60(USD) a day. A few other facts about renting a car include the fact that driving is done on the left side of the road and that you have to wear a set belt anytime the vehicle is in motion.

Find out more about renting a car here.


Taxis in Frigate Bay look a little different than what many visitors are used to, but there are signs to look for so you can be sure that you are getting into the back of a properly licensed cab. The most important thing is to check the license pate, which will be yellow with the letter "H" at the beginning of the tag number. You'll find them parked or driving around all of the most popular tourist hot spots, like shopping centers and anywhere there is a high concentration of resorts.

More details about hailing a cab can be learned here.


Although there is a form of public transportation on St. Kitts that resembles the bus, it does not run to or through Frigate Bay. Still, if you're going to be visiting other parts of the island, it may be helpful to know a little something about the buses.

Buses on St. Kitts are not really buses at all. They are actually minibuses that are privately owned, but licensed by the government. To be sure you're getting on a licensed bus, check the plates, which will be orange and stamped with an “H.” The buses are brightly painted and have company names like “Rude Boy” and “Reggae Master” scrawled in huge letters along the side. It costs $2.50 (or under $1 in U.S. Dollars) for a trip of less than five miles, EC$3 ($1.11 USD) for a trip that is between five and 10 miles and $3.75 ($1.39 USD) for a trip over 10 miles and must be paid in local currency.


Many tourists make sure to plan a trip to the sister isle of Nevis for a day of quiet exploration on this tiny island, and ferries are the best way to do this. You'll have to first make the 15 minute drive to Basseterre, then catch the ferry over to Charlestown on Nevis. The trip lasts about 45 minutes and costs under $20(USD) for an adult each way.

Now that you are fully aware of all of the transportation options available to you both in Frigate Bay and as a means to get there, you can begin putting together your official plans.


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