Carambola Beach, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Best of St Kitts: A UNESCO Partner Tour
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Approximately 4 Hours
UNESCO World Heritage Site
UNESCO has declared the Brimstone Hill Fortress a World Heritage Site because it is "an outstanding, well-preserved example of 17th- and 18th-century military architecture in a Caribbean context."
Depart the ship and drive by motorcoach through the historic capital of Basseterre, which boasts an eclectic mix of traditional French and Victorian architecture, appealing old churches, and West Indian cottages.
Proceed via Bloody River to the 300-year-old Brimstone Hill Fortress, perched on a 40-acre hill 780 feet above sea level. The first cannons were mounted on Brimstone Hill in 1690 as the English and French fought for control of the island in what would be the first of many battles. The next 200 years saw intermittent construction carried out by British military engineers with African slave labor. The fort, the second largest structure of its type in the western hemisphere, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies, Brimstone Hill Fortress offers sweeping views of the coastline, countryside, and five neighboring islands.
Next, visit Romney Manor with its 12-acre botanic garden set in a lovely wooded valley. Samuel Jefferson, great-grandfather of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, was the original owner of the estate.
Located on the premises is Caribelle Batik, where skilled artisans create stunning silk prints using traditional batik methods. The glorious setting and interesting workshops are sure to make for a memorable visit.
Finally, pause at Timothy Hill to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the vast expanse of Frigate Bay Resort with its golden sandy beaches and 18-hole golf course.