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Basseterre, St. Kitts: The Caribbean Gem to Know About

When in Basseterre, you can expect the best of the Caribbean’s tranquil beaches, lively beats, best snorkeling and scuba sites, friendly people, and island vibes.

More than Beaches and Pastel-Colored Buildings

An aerial view of the Brimstone Hill Fortress in Basseterre, St Kitts.

There is no doubt that the Caribbean is known for relaxing beaches and beautifully-colored buildings, however there is so much more to experience and indulge in. From soul-warming rum punches and seafood delicacies, vibrant cultural and sporting events, and endless excursions, Basseterre offers it all.

Best Weather in May and June

A sunset view and depiction of the beautiful weather in Basseterre, St Kitts.
Almost all 365 days of the year provide sunshine in this vivacious destination. Expect nothing but a dose of vitamin C and salty breezes in Basseterre. You can find temperatures at a consistent eighty degrees; however, May and June offer great weather and is the perfect time to visit in between peak season and hurricane season.

In the months of December through April, you can find some of the Caribbean’s hottest festivals, including Carnival. Prepare to experience the best of Kittitian culture with beats of Soca and Calypso music.

July through November also offer less crowds, however, this is usually the time period when hurricanes come through the Caribbean. It’s also important to know that some attractions and restaurants may be closed during these months as native Kittitians and Nevisians take their holidays during this time.

Things to Do in Basseterre

Beaches, golf, rainforest, hiking, and beachfront dining, what more could you want in a tropical escape?

Scenic Cockleshell Beach

A view of a beach in Basseterre, St Kitts.

More than just the warm white sands, this beach provides great seafood (you must try the conch fritters), reggae spots where locals enjoy partying and hanging out, and picturesque views of St Kitts sister island, Nevis.

Take A Swing at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club

A view of the Royal St Kitts Golf Club in Basseterre.

Whether you’re a professional golfer or just enjoy the sport, it’s a must to make a visit to the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. This 125-acre club offers two full holes with views of the Caribbean Sea and three complete holes with panoramic viewpoints of the Atlantic Ocean. Also, you can’t help but catch endless amounts of coconut palm trees.

More Local Landmarks: 

  • Warner Park Cricket Stadium  Found in the Warner Park Sporting Complex, this stadium was once home of the 2007 Cricket World Cup and is now the home of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
  • Port Zante – Catch sight of vessels and indulge in some retail therapy at the open-air shops.

A view of Port Zante in St Kitts with open air shopping and a cruise ship in the background.

  • Independence Square – This square is a popular hotspot for locals, and you will often find there is something going on whether it’s a parade, festival, or families and friends enjoying a casual outing.
  • Brimstone Fortress – With incomparable views of the Caribbean Sea, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts years of history. Designed by the British, this fort was used by the British to keep the French from conquering this island in the 17th and 18th century.

A view of a canon from the Brimstone Hill Fortress in Basseterre, St Kitts.

  • St Kitts Scenic Railway – Take the train in style and catch views of cliffs, the ocean, agriculture, volcanoes and rainforest.
  • Romney Manor  Here you can shop for an authentic Caribbean Batik that is made by locals, enjoy a drink at the Rainforest Bar, or experience both. It’s highly recommended to try the Jefferson, the bar’s signature drink that may be the best rum punch you’ve ever tasted.
  • Mount Liaguima – For those that aren’t afraid of a challenge, the hiking trails up lead to the top of this volcanic mountain with all the benefits of exploring a rainforest, without heavy rain.

A view of a volcano in St Kitts.

Day Trip to Charlestown, Dieppe Bay Town, or Sandy Point Town

Just two miles away, the island of Nevis (St Kitts sister island) provides the city of Charlestown which features two of the most beautiful beaches: Oualie Beach and Pinney’s Beach. Oualie Beach is about six miles away from Charlestown and is well-known for its spectacular snorkeling. Pinney’s Beach features white sand and peaceful water. This beach looks like the one from an office calendar!

Dieppe Bay Town is easy for a quick day trip and is only 32 minutes away from Basseterre. This city features a bay where the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet, and you can witness waves from both bodies of water crashing against each other and take a walk on the black sand.

A view of a black sand beach in St Kitts.

Just 28 minutes outside of Basseterre, Sandy Point Town is St Kitts second largest city and features the St Kitts Eco- Park, where you can find tropical fruits, flowers, desert gardens, just to name a few.

An off the beaten path destination without the heavy price

A great and economical way to visit Basseterre is by cruise. From family-oriented to luxury cruise lines, you can explore the most of this stunnning and nearly untouched island. Avoya offers exclusive travel savings year-round. You can explore our deals or we can connect you with a travel agent who can assist with your planning needs. 

Currency in Basseterre: Eastern Caribbean Dollar 

A Vacation Best Suited For

Basseterre is a destination that offers a wide variety of activities that is perfect for a romantic getaway for couples, multi-generational families and solo travelers looking to have fun, and anyone who simply enjoys unwinding and recharging their batteries.

If you are a sports enthusiast, this is the right destination for you. You can watch the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots play Cricket (cheer on the best team in the West Indies), snorkel, scuba or swim in calm water with sights of colorful marine animals, and play golf at the many golf courses found on the island.

A person snorkeling in St Kitts.

Frequently Asked Basseterre Questions

Where is Basseterre?

Basseterre is a city in Saint Kitts, which is an island that is east of the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, and West of Antigua and Barbuda.

What time is it in Basseterre, St Kitts?

Basseterre is in the Atlantic Standard time zone.

Are there mosquitoes in Basseterre?

Due to the tropical climate, there are mosquitoes in Basseterre, however there are some precautions you may take to avoid bug bites. It is recommended to wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and hats. It is highly suggested and encouraged to use insect repellent, the best kind contain 20% or more DEET. If you plan to lodge somewhere that is exposed to the outdoors, you may want to consider using bed nets or stay in a screened room. For more information, please review the CDC website.

Does Basseterre have sugar factories?

No. During the 17th to 19th century, the sugar industry was thriving for the island of Saint Kitts, however in 2005 the industry closed.

Can you walk from Port Zante to Basseterre?

Port Zante and Basseterre are a little less than a mile from each other and it can take approximately 19 minutes to walk from each point of interest and is very doable.

 How far is Mount Liamuiga from Basseterre?

The distance between each is approximately 13 miles, which can take up to 33 minutes if moving by car.

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