Arriving in St Kitts by cruise ship? You’ll definitely want to hop off and explore . From scenic railways and zip-lining to the island’s history – there are plenty of things to do in St Kitts!
I know that many of you visit as cruise ship passengers, with the likes of Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess Cruises. Your cruise ship itinerary may have a heap of suggestions, but no doubt you want the freedom to plan your own day too.
So if you only have a few hours on dry land, what excursions should you do? Well, after docking in Basseterre and taking St Kitts cruise port’s advice to “Rush Slowly”(!) here are a few suggestions of things to do in St Kitts while on a cruise…
Get a flavour of St Kitts in my video and scroll down to find out some of the top things to do.
What To Do In St Kitts
1. Tour the island on board the St Kitts Scenic Railway
Built between 1912 and 1926 to transport sugar cane, the St Kitts Scenic Railway now takes tourists on a sightseeing trip around the island. The 3-hour, 30-mile journey offers some of the most spectacular views of the coastline, Mount Liamuiga (a dormant volcano), the old sugar plantations and small Caribbean towns.
Plus once on board, you’ll have access to an all-inclusive bar serving delicious frozen cocktails. Pina colada anyone?
2. Explore the rainforest
The Caribbean isn’t JUST about beaches! St Kitts is home to an incredible thick rainforest just waiting to be explored! The best way to get to know it is on a rainforest trek with O’Neil who’s lived on the island all of his life.
He’ll help you spot monkeys, tell you which trees will bring you luck, the plants that can cure disease and once you’re done with that – you can find a vine for your finest Tarzan swing!
3. Enjoy the arts and crafts at Romney Manor
Learn how to weave colourful fabrics and make traditional Batik shawls at Romney Manor, a former plantation turned crafts centre and home to world-famous crafters Caribelle Batik.
Wander the tropical gardens and take a tour of the premises, watching artists in action creating colourful throws, quilts and scarves in the traditional way.
After having a look around, take a look at the gift shop and buy some souvenirs. I promise that no two pieces are the same!
4. Cockleshell Bay
Located on the south side of St Kitts is Cockleshell Bay, a charming little beach where with monkeys strutting across the sand, and the delicious scents of Caribbean jerk chicken wafting from rustic barbeque shacks.
The water here is crystal clear, warm and shallow, with small waves lapping the shore. Oh and if you want to see St Kitts’s little neighbour, you can look across The Narrows (small strait) to the island of Nevis.
5. Check out the history
St Kitts is covered in history. Once the richest of all the English colonies in the Caribbean, the island’s economy was built on rum and sugar. You’ll see evidence of its past in the form of sugar plantations and chimneys.
Some, like Ottley’s Plantation Inn, have been converted into hotels and restaurants so you can get right up close to the island’s history.
For something different, head to Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 800ft up, it’s a great place to soak up the island’s history, while enjoying the panoramic views beyond the huge canons.
If you’re just around for a day, consider booking a tour like this one, to show you all the key sights in a short time.
6. Enjoy life the Caribbean way
After all those days on the ship, let loose with a beach day! Head to Cockleshell Bay where you can take your pick from jet skiing, stand up paddle-boarding and kayaking at St Kitts Water Sports. When you get hungry, grab a bite to eat and a frozen cocktail at Reggae Beach Bar.
Or if you’re more excited to see what’s happening below the water, hop on board a catamaran with Blue Water Safaris. This is one of my favourite things to do in St Kitts!
They’ll take you snorkelling with turtles and tropical fish, and even show you a very mysterious shipwreck. If you’re lucky, you might even stop off on the island of Nevis…
7. Visit Old Road colonial settlement
If you’re keen to turn back the clock and see what the historic Caribbean looked like, then visiting the settlement of Old Road on the west side of the island is a must. Known as the oldest British colonial settlement in the Caribbean, Old Road dates back to 1624, when the town was founded by Englishman James Warner. He was attracted to St Kitts by the abundance of tobacco plants. There’s a nostalgic, maritime feel to the town – a big contrast to the capital Basseterre.
8. See the island from another angle
Along with walking, snorkelling and swimming… in St Kitts you can zip-line! Head to Sky Safari Tours and scream at the top of your lungs as you fly over the thick forest. There are 6 zip-lines with the final one a race against your partner.
9. Visit Frigate Bay
Experience partying Carib-style at Frigate Bay, which is dotted with rum and reggae bars! Check out the best beach bars and party hotspots, including the well-known Mr X’s Shiggidy Shack.
On South Frigate Bay, go for a dip in the warm, shallow waters of the Caribbean, or head over to the northern edge, where you’ll find bigger waves, hotels such as the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, and the greens of the Royal St Kitts Golf Club. Though not far from each other, the two sides of the bay feel like polar opposites – and I’d recommend exploring both!
Interested in visiting St Kitts? Check out all my posts about the island:
A Brief Intro To St Kitts, Caribbean
St Kitts: Top Reasons To Visit
Top Restaurants To Visit In St Kitts
Top 5 Hotels In St Kitts – From Budget To Luxury
I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out the best things to do in St Kitts. Let me know if you have any questions below!
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