Mother and daughter sitting on a rock in White House Bay

Cruise to Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

Greens in every shade spring from the rolling hills of St. Kitts— an island ripe with eco-tourism adventures. In the port city of Basseterre, you’ll find centuries of history to explore in impressive estates and photo-worthy monuments like the Brimstone Hill Fortress, one of the best preserved military structures in the Americas. Cruise to St. Kitts & Nevis and venture beyond the port and gear up for a unique climb up the 3,792-foot Mount Liamuiga volcano for views well worth the hike. Or hop in a kayak to get up close with a rainbow of tropical reef fish. Looking for something a little more laidback? Escape to the tiny unhurried sister island, Nevis, for smooth golden beaches and clear-water snorkeling— it’s just a thirty minute ferry ride away.
National Language English
Currency Accepted East Caribbean Dollar (XCD), U.S. Dollar (USD)

Things To Do in Basseterre

Couple hiking on a volcano trail in Basseterre rainforest

Basseterre, St. Kitts Forest Volcano Hike Couple



Hit the Mount Liamuiga trail and trek through towering trees, tangled vines, and tropical flowers to the crater of the 3,792-foot dormant volcano. At the peak of your 6-mile ascent, you’ll be rewarded with a view that goes so far, you can see neighboring islands.

Boardwalk with traditional red houses in Nevis, Basseterre

Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Traditional Architecture



For a taste of nightlife while the sun is still shining, head to The Strip on South Frigate Bay. This hot spot along the beach is lined with resorts, restaurants and bars with open-air dance floors. Most places open at 10 a.m. and keep the island party vibes going until late night.

Sunny day at old sugarcane plantation ruins, Basseterre

Basseterre, St. Kitts Sugarcane plantation ruins


Hop on the West Indies’ last railway— double-decker railcars that travel along a line built a century ago to transport sugarcane across the island. You’ll pass historical estates and countryside filled with tall wild sugarcane.

Four spiny lobster tails on a grill

Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Grilled Spiny Lobster

Local Cuisine

Casual beach spots with super-fresh seafood are your best bet for lunch. Order some spiny lobster or conch grilled over an open fire. More adventurous eaters should try West Indian specialties like pepper pot, Arawak chicken and goat water stew. For a quick snack, vendors sell sugarcane stalks to chew on.

An assortment of colorful souvenirs

Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Assorted Colorful Souvenirs


Port Zante has over 60 shops where you can score deals on watches, jewelry, diamonds, and gemstones. Or you can head to the nearby Pelican Shopping Mall, a collection of souvenir shops designed to look like a traditional Caribbean street.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Tipping taxi drivers isn’t necessary. In restaurants, 10-15% gratuity is standard.
2 Six ferries are available to take you on the 45-minute trip between the islands.

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