Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis
Brimstone Fortress UNESCO World Heritage Site & Romney Gardens
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 3 hours
On this memorable island tour, drive through Basseterre -- the historic capital of Saint Kitts that is the quintessential, original Caribbean town.
You're headed to the 300-year-old Brimstone Fortress, perched 780 feet above sea level. This magnificent structure is the second largest of its kind in the entire Western Hemisphere and is also one of the best preserved. The 'Gibraltar of the West Indies' is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and more battles were fought here than at any other single site in British and French naval history. The first cannons were mounted on Brimstone Hill in 1690 as the English and French fought for control of the island. The next 200 years saw the intermittent construction of an amazing work of architectural and engineering genius. Take in spectacular panoramic views over the Kittitian coastline, countryside and five neighboring islands.
No visit to St Kitts is complete without a visit to Romney Gardens -- a photographer's dream and a 12-acre garden setting that is quite simply stunning. Within the gardens, the Caribelle Batik Studios produce the fabric and apparel for which Caribelle Batik has become widely acclaimed.
Before returning to the ship, you'll drive past some of Basseterre's traditional French and Victorian architecture, as well as old churches, West Indian cottages, and a former slave market.