We walked around the town of Basseterre, and honestly, I really didn't like it. Most of the downtown area is run down unfortunately.
In the center of town, is a prominent Circus, a diminutive roundabout modeled in proper Victorian patriotism after Piccadilly, in London.
|BAND PLAYING TO COLLECT FUNDS FOR THEIR CHURCH|
For some R&R, walk along the waterfront towards Palm Court. This area is much nicer than downtown. Palm court is a restaurant with an infinitely pool you can use for $10/day. It also has a large shell store but was closed when we were there (Easter week-end).
|INFINITY POOL AT PALM COURT|
|ROLLS ROYCE AT THE PALM COURT RESTAURANT|
There is a Scenic train ride (465-7263) for about $100. Apparently, it doesn't go very far. Instead, we hired a guide with cruiser friends Nana & Spencer on s/v Adverse conditions. We paid $40 a couple for a 3 hour tour. I think the train ride was geared towards the cruise ship tourists.
Beware of holidays ! We tried to go to the Brimstone hill Fort but was closed as it was Good Friday, argggg. Instead, we drove to see large volcanic rock by the seashore and black sand which I've never seen before. We also saw a nice view point to see the narrows. We went by Reggae beach, White House Bay, Banana & Cockleshell Bay. We especially like White House Bay for it's remoteness and beauty. We finally walked around an old plantation and visited a true Batik store. At this store, they demonstrated how Batik was used to draw the beautiful colors. Batik, is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to cloth made for using this technique. It is an ancient art form that existed in Egypt in the 4th century BC.
|THE LITTLE BUGGER BIT MY FINGER !|
|GETTING OUT OF THE HOT SUN|
|BATIK STORE, DEMONSTRATION AREA|
|FINAL BATIK PRODUCT|
|BATIK PILLOW AND CLOTHES TO BUY|
|SPENCER, NANA, SUSAN, TIM|
|NORTH SHORE OF ST-KITTS|
Hints for Cruisers:
1. If you clear in at the Port Zante marina, beware that if cruise ships aren't in, you'll have to go to the airport for immigration.
2. Port Zante marina has no laundry facilities. It does have showers & toilets.
3. Grocery stores are within walking distance from the port Zante Marina.