The 10 Best Things to Do in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis

February 27, 2018 Renato Branum

Nestled between the Caribbean and lush mountains, Basseterre has a long history of colonial struggle that is reflected in its architecture and cultural monuments. The National Museum, St. George's Anglican Church, the Circus area and Independence Square all give glimpses to the city's past. But most travelers do not come to Basseterre for history; they come for the beaches, resorts and marinas, offering ample snorkeling, windsurfing, diving, sunbathing and golfing opportunities.
Restaurants in Basseterre

1. Beach Addiction St. Kitts Nevis

Frigate Bay, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts
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5 based on 243 reviews

Beach Addiction St. Kitts Nevis

Extreme Water Sports Excursions: Kiteboarding (Kitesurfing) - Feel the natural power of the wind as it lifts you and you glide across the water. Certified IKO Instruction will ensure you have fun in safe and controlled environment! Flyboarding - Fly like Ironman with waterjets shooting out of your feet. Rocket into the air, dolphin dive, backflip... So much fun and anyone can do it! Sailing - Have your own boat and captain for the day and learn how to sail! Hands on experience and a great way to spend some time out on the water with friends or family! Wakeboarding - Great fun for those low wind days! Surfing - We'll keep you up to date when there is good swell to go out and rip some waves!

Reviewed By Tim P

Nick is an excellent kiting instructor. Great communication on how to use the kite safely and for fun. He was flexible on scheduling. He is also good on giving feedback to make adjustments for kite handling and Surfing. I do have prior experience with a trainer kite, and because of some prior experience and great instruction I was able to become proficient in kiteboarding in one session where I could control the kite, ride the kite and board, recover the board, with upwind and downwind mobility. While I could use more advanced lessons I feel safe going out on my own. Excellent experience highly recommend that you go learn this awesome sport with Nick.

2. Royal St. Kitts Golf Club

Frigate Bay Road, St. Kitts +1 869-466-2700
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Royal St. Kitts Golf Club

Famed Canadian Acrhitch Thomas McBroom has skillfully remodeled Royal St. Kitts Golf Club to provide breathtaking views of the natural terrain. The course boasts spectacular and picturesque holes which border the black sandy Beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and stretch to the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea. The "links" -style golf course has five par 3s with three full holes on the Atlantic, and two full holes on the Caribbean Sea. The golf course is spread over 125 acres of irrigated lush seashore paspalum, and advanced hybrid turf grass, specifically designed to tolerate the salty ocean spray. Displaying a moderate number of sand bunkers (83 total) and 12 beautiful lakes on the course, wide fairways, and large putting greens, it is a fair, yet challenging test of golf. Four sets of tee complexes allow golfers of all skill levels to enjoy the challenge posed by this magnificant layout. The finishing hole returns golfers to the "country club" -style clubhouse featuring a full-service golf shop, locker rooms, and clubhouse grille. Enjoy this challenging 18-hole, par 71 layout year-round. Take in the sights of aquamarine surf, black sand Beaches, and the local wildlife including egrets, lizards, and green tail monkeys that occupy the surrounding landscape. The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club is sure to test your skills, while stimulating all your senses during a golf experience you will never forget.

Reviewed By Roy F - Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

The fairways are not well maintained but the greens are but on the slow side. For the price would have expected a little bit better. Great ocean views along holes 15 through 18. Very friendly and accommodating staff.

3. Clay Villa Plantation House & Gardens

P.O Box 1062, Challengers P.O Box 1062, St. Kitts +1 869-465-2353
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5 based on 555 reviews

Clay Villa Plantation House & Gardens

Attractions includes a Plantation Home, Natural Gardens, Museum, Gift Shop, Cellar Pub and Wildlife. Activities includes Family Tours, Groups and no age limit.

Reviewed By Sharon G

Phillip was wonderful. The plantation was lovely, but the time Philip spent with us was amazing. Our driver was great. He took the extra time to show us more of the island. This tour was the highlight of our cruise. Thank you for wonderful memory’s!

4. Greg's Safaris

Wigley Avenue | Fortlands, Basseterre 00265, St. Kitts +1 869-662-6002
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4.5 based on 733 reviews

Greg's Safaris

Greg was born and brought up on St. Kitts and Nevis and following his return home from College in Nova Scotia Canada in 1980, started working at his Parents hotel, the Ocean Terrace Inn, with one of his jobs being to do tours for the hotels guests. While growing up on St. Kitts, Greg's parents became leaders in the local Tourism Industry, starting one of the first hotels in the Islands, with Greg's Dad, eventually receiving the "Order of the British Empire" (OBE), from the St. Kitts Government for his outstanding achievements in local Industry. This has given Greg a unique grounding as well as a deep sense of understanding for his home country and coupled with his tourism training abroad, has allowed him to become one of leading and longest serving tour guides in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Greg and his team of certified Tour Guides have won many awards from the Tourism Authority for their businesses high standards of service. From the very beginning Greg has used modified, 4X4 Land Rovers to do his "unique" island Safaris with. Being specially made, the 8 Land Rovers he uses today, are all open sided with mostly forward facing, stadium orientated Seating, that provide his guests with the best way to experience exploring beyond the shores of St. Kitts and Nevis. Greg's Safaris is the only tour company in the Federation that uses 4X4 Land Rovers for touring on both Islands! For your private, half days hiking pleasure, Greg has created two "unique looped hiking trails", one at the Phillips Mountain Valley (2 miles long), and at the other at the Wingfield River Valley (2 1/2 miles long), on St. Kitts. His company is also the only one on St. Kitts to offer driving tours from coast to coast through the lushly forested interior and while traveling through the Mountains his guests would have access to a private 5 acre "mountain top property", perched1000 feet sea level, a place of cool temperatures and breathtaking views, that can only be experienced on a "one of kind" 4X4 Safari Tour with him and his guides. Greg is one of the founding members of the St. Christopher National Trust and as well, sits on the Central Forest Reserve National Park Committee. He is also a Life Member of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Brimstone Hill National Park and is also part owner of Sky Safaris, a company he started in 2009.

Reviewed By Butch T - Cincinnati, Ohio

Joseph was our guide and he was fantastic. Very interesting trip, we went on the excursion that was not the usual route taken by other tours.As a matter of fact we did not see another tour company for the whole trip which lasted about 4 hours. Joseph stopped many times to point things out along the way. Every one loved the excursion. THANKS!

5. Purple Turtle Charters

Frigate Bay Road, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts
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5 based on 66 reviews

Purple Turtle Charters

Your journey starts with a glass of Champagne as you step aboard "Minerva" our 50' sailing yacht. Enjoy an array of top shelf spirits and wines, experience our delicious homemade New York Cheese cake or brownies, as well as a variety of hand prepared delights. Of course what Caribbean cruise is not complete without its own signature Rum Punch! Half and full day trip available.

Reviewed By Sean R - Kingston, Ontario, Canada

From the moment you step aboard the beautiful Minerva, the incomparable Captain Don and his exemplary crew(Mikhail and Gianni) will see to it that you enjoy a peak experience. You will start the day with fine champagne, snorkel in a secluded bay, and then find yourself sailing to the beauty of Nevis. The drinks and food on board will be plentiful, the insights of Captain Don fascinating, and the sounds of wind in the sails intoxicating. Easily one of the finest day excursions we have ever experienced. Thank you Captain Don and Purple Turtle Charters!

6. Mad Max Dune Buggy Beach Tours St. Kitts

South Friars Beach, Sunset Beach Bar, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts
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5 based on 57 reviews

Mad Max Dune Buggy Beach Tours St. Kitts

Enjoy driving your own renli 4X4 dune Buggy through the back roads of St. Kitts. You will see random wildlife, and gorgeous scenic views along the Caribbean and Atlantic coastline. We offer the most unique tour experience on the island, and we do it the Mad Max way. We are more than an excursion, we are the St Kitts experience through New eyes. Join us today for the wildest ride on our beautiful island.

Reviewed By Suzgunny - Boston, Massachusetts

Dune buggy adventure was the way to go for our family. See the hillsides, Beaches and learn about the island from Obo who grew up here. A more diversified trip than ATV tours. Mary’s chicken at the top of Timothy Hill was an unexpected treat....MoreThanks so much! Please email us with your tour date and we will send your go pro footage!

7. Palms Court Gardens & Restaurant

Wilkin Street | Fortlands, Basseterre, St. Kitts +1 869-465-6060
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4.5 based on 285 reviews

Palms Court Gardens & Restaurant

Palms Court Garden is the exquisite privately owned property with stunning views on the Basseterre harbour. Its lush beautiful Gardens host a spectacular infinity pool (open for visitors, Reservations recommended as chairs are limited) and bar, restaurant (breakfast & lunch daily, dinner only on Fridays & Saturdays) and the production site of Shell Works St.Kitts and its gift boutique. Visitors may watch as beautiful shell & jewelry creations develop right in front of their very eye. Shopping opportunity in the adjacent gift boutique.

Reviewed By Kay P - cardiff

Booked prior to our cruise and reserved two loungers and umbrella near the pool.Beautiful Gardens overlooking the sea and views of cruise ships.Walked from the pier in about twenty minutes,shabby area after the last hurricane but was safe.Had a nice lunch at reasonable prices.Was a different day and very comfortable.Cruise crews also use this place between shifts and are a bit boisterous.

8. Romney Manor

Old Road Town, Basseterre, St. Kitts +1 869-465-6253
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4.5 based on 846 reviews

Romney Manor

This old plantation estate houses the Caribelle Batik works. You can watch colorful, tie-dye clothes being made.

Reviewed By MikenJakes - Buckingham, United Kingdom

We arrived at 3.00 on a Sunday afternoon. Batik demonstration was non existent with the staff rushing to get rid of us so they could go home

9. Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden

Boyds Village, 12345, St. Kitts +1 869-465-3141
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4.5 based on 182 reviews

Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden

Fairview Great House and Botanical Garden is an attraction like no other here in beautiful St. Kitts. Nestled at the foot of Olivees Mountain, is the island's newest and most unique attraction!!!

Reviewed By hisreverence - St. Albans, United Kingdom

A late 17th century plantation house with much French influence, preserved as a museum with period furniture, utensils, etc and helpful staff who describe the history of the house [including British Royal visitors]. Views over the sea [a short distance down hill] are beautiful and very Caribbean blue [at least on the day of our visit!]. The property is just above the tsunami escape line and to its rear are impressive botanical Gardens with the lush Caribbean plants and trees. But it can be very hot so wear the sun cream and the hats!

10. Cockleshell Beach

Basseterre, St. Kitts
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4 based on 961 reviews

Cockleshell Beach

Reviewed By Peter C - Goose Creek, South Carolina, United States

Took trip to this beach while on cruise - our worst choice. The beach was very dirty, i.e., glass bottles strewn about, littered with seaweed, dirt mixed with sand, etc.; water cloudy; too crowded; beach chairs dirty; facilities dirty too. Having been to Caribbean before, we expected better.

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