Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis
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Approximately 2 Hours
Meals not included
Start your excursion with a drive through Basseterre, founded in 1625 and St Kitts capital since 1727. Many landmarks here speak to a fascinating past. Cobblestone streets are dominated by two-story Georgian architecture, cut stonework, squares, forts and monuments -- reminders of the many cultures that have co-existed on these beautiful shores.
Watch for the Treasury Building (1894) -- the icon most West Indians associate with Basseterre and now a National Museum.
Watch for the Berkeley Memorial fountain and a Victorian-era clock tower (1867), Independence Square -- once a slave market but now a beautiful urban garden with a fountain.
The Court House was rebuilt in 1997 after the original structure, built in 1750, was destroyed by fire. St George's Anglican Church was rebuilt four times in two decades (the 1830s and '40s) due to floods, fires and hurricanes. Most impressive is its massive bell tower and steeple.
Stop at Romney Manor -- home of the world-famous Caribelle Batik Studios. Visit the demonstration room, where acclaimed artists illustrate the wax-and-dye process of batik making. The Romney Manor Estate encompasses 12 acres of historical ruins, ancient Carib Indian Rock drawings and beautiful botanic gardens.
From Timothy Hill Lookout, take in breathtaking views of the Southeast Peninsula and its magnificent virgin landscape, beaches and salt ponds. Keep an eye out for monkeys, as they will certainly be keeping an eye out for you!
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.