"Basseterre: Classical Caribbean" Basseterre by Stephen-KarenConn

Basseterre Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 140 photos

Basseterre, St. Kitts, is a classical Caribbean port, with quaint colorful streets, colonial architecture, and friendly people. It is a small town, but the the largest on this island of only 40,700 people.

Located at the juncture of the Windward and Leeward islands, St. Kitts is still well off the beaten path for most visitors to the West Indies. However, just within the past 3 or 4 years the local political leadership has decided to begin developing a tourism industry to replace the production of sugarcane, which has been the mainstay of the island's economy for three centuries but is no longer profitable.

Karen and I recently made a stop at St. Kitts aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Empress of the Seas. Of about two dozen Caribbean islands I have visited over the years, this is definitely one of my favorites. It has a richer history, friendlier people, and more magnificent scenery than many of the better known islands. Locals call St. Kitts "The Real Caribbean," and I agree with them. I just hope they are successful in their stated goal to keep it that way, while changing from an agricultural economy to one based on tourism.

But with a new dock, new airport, and a new resolve on the part of the island's inhabitants to begin promoting tourism, the face of this idyllic spot is destined to change forever. If you ever plan to visit Basseterre and St. Kitts, I recommend you do so as soon as possible, before the crowds arrive.

  • Last visit to Basseterre: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 11, 2006
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  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2007 at 8:00 AM

    Wow! I love this page!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2007 at 1:19 AM

    Looks like you had a great time ;-)

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2006 at 9:12 AM

    I love the picture of Flamboyant Tree in Bloom on Independence Square! Great page and nice to see British style telephone booth, are there British police "huts" there as well? I saw them in... Gibraltar only.

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2006 at 2:47 PM

    Love the sound of the sugar train! Nice pics/info S&K! Blu

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2006 at 4:11 PM

    Very nice page Stephen Alaways wanted to go to St Kitts & Nevis maybe some day . Lori says were due for another Cruise so who knows . Great pictures .

  • windsorgirl's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2005 at 7:05 AM

    The scenery is gorgeous and your photos are great as usual. I finally may be making the move to digital myself. What are you shooting with? Can't wait to hear about Hawaii, hope you had a great time!

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2005 at 7:21 AM

    Nice looking community in the Caribbean - I hope that it isn't changed too much by mass tourism!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2005 at 3:06 AM

    This sure looked like an enjoyable cruise ship stop Stephen especially the Sugar Train. Hans & I were on the Enchantment of the Seas four years ago. Looks like it's time to go again. Awesome pages. Lori.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2005 at 3:28 AM

    The circus is a very busy place, glad you didn't get hit taking the picture. Great photos.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2005 at 10:56 AM

    So enjoyable to read new pages again. Just wonderful narration letting us share in your wonderful experience in Basseterre. I especially enjoyed the numerous added photos...great new option, huh?

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