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.
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. 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.
4. 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.
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…
5. 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.
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
Video: Adventures In St Kitts
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