Last updated: 09-JAN-2011

Day 07, DEC 05, Basseterre - St. Kitts

I arranged an island tour before we left with Jim & Rose.  We had been to St. Kitts twice before and had never been to
Brimstone Hill. This tour starts at your Cruise ship and includes a tour of Basseterre, Romney Manor (Batik Factory) 
Brimstone Hill Fortress, Gibbons Hill (Caribbean & Atlantic) & the spectacular Black Rocks. The tour then continued on
to Cockleshell Beach, this allowed for a scenic drive over the Peninsula & swim in the crystal clear waters.

Rose was waiting for us and since we were with another couple, we had the taxi to ourselves, which was nice since we
wanted to spend a good amount of time at Brimstone Hill and she allowed us 1 1/2 hours, which was perfect. The fort is 
the most impressive one in the Caribbean, and afforded great views--I highly recommend this. Also we arrived before the
tours so go early!

We were amazed at how loudly they were singing in the churches--it was Sunday and we saw folks dressed in their best.
We saw some nice scenery and ended up at Cockleshell Beach.  The beach at Cockleshell Bay was OK, but could stand to be 
cleaned of debris and seaweed. The water offshore was rocky with seaweed growing in patches. Cockleshell Bay had fair water 
visibility for snorkeling, but aside from some rocks and bits of coral at the at the end of the eastern point of the bay, 
there was nothing but garbage, debris, seaweed, a few fish, and urchins to see. 

Reggae Beach Bar is the bar Rose took us to on the beach where I snorkeled.  My friends ate lunch and had beer.  They do
have Wilbur sr and jr (giant pigs) and a monkey and goat in cages. Be careful with the monkey--he will grab anything that 
he can. Ken fed the blind Wilbur a bagel, which he gratefully accepted and wagged his tail.

The tour was very good and well worth the $41 a person--even included the Brimstone Hill fee. I would suggest a different 
beach however.

We went back to the ship, showered and ate lunch, and then did some shopping in the cruise terminal. Earlier we had bought some 
Batik scarves at the Batik factory (nice and made there). Ken bought some CSR rum, also made in St. Kitts. 

All photos were taken with a Cannon PowerShot  S90 10MP camera.
All Video was shot with a Cannon PowerShot  S90 camera and converted to AVI with AWS Video Converter 6

Looking back at Port Zante (Basseterre) with the island of Nevis in the background

An egret rookery along the road with the island of Nevis in the background

An interesting tree with lots of bottles on it ! 

RR bridge on the way up to Romney Manor Caribelle Batik

Romney Manor - Caribelle Batik
Once owned by Sam Jefferson II, the great great great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of U.S.A.). The great house was
renamed Romney Manor following its acquisition in the early 17th century by the Earl of Romney.

Mount Liamuiga (Mount Misery)    
1'156 m
Highest altitude in Saint Kitts and Nevis 

Brimstone Hill Fortress from Romney Manor 

Drove by Middle Island Angelican Church

Brimstone Hill Fortress

'The Gibraltar of the Caribbean', a well preserved and restored colonial fortification. UN World Heritage Site

View from the parking area at Brimstone Hill Fortress

Looking down the steps to the parking area.  Island of Nevis in the background

Lower area.

Sint Eustatius 20 miles away and Saba (Netherlands Antilles) 45 miles away.

Mary, cannons and Saint-Barthélemy (France) 40 miles away (over the end of the cannon)

Dave and Monika

Sint Eustatius 20 miles away and Saba (Netherlands Antilles) 45 miles away.

various views

Sandy Point Town

various views

Back down to the parking area and looking back up to the upper fort area

Narrow Streets

Sugarcane areas (not harvested anymore)

Imposing monument of the late and former Premier of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Rt. Excellent Sir Robert L Bradshaw

We got goats

Gibbons Hill (Where the Caribbean & Atlantic)

Starting down the east side of the island

On the Atlantic side - spectacular Black Rocks

Our tour guide at Black Rocks

Good way to keep the Toyota hub caps on

RR Bridge in use for the tourist train.  Old Sugarcane processing area

Looking back at North Frigate Bay 

Looking at the South East Peninsular with the island of Nevis in the clouds in the background

Cockleshell Beach.  Interesting mix of critters, beach, bars and people

Back in town.  You can buy Absinthe in the stores

Our ship on the left.  P&O Azura on the right.  3,000 passenger monster. Entered service early in 2010

Various port views

frigate birds

Monster ship blocking my sunset !

Finally the monster ship P&O Azura Departs !

Sunset and port views

We were hoping that it would flip over when it turned.  It did lean a bit but made it 

Almost 11 and St. Kitts is not that far away

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