Determining what to do when heading ashore at a port of call can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming. With so much to do and see, how will you decide how you want to spend your limited time ashore?
You might search the internet for reviews or visit cruise forums and groups to get the recommendations of fellow cruisers, but why not go straight to the source and ask someone who LIVES there! That is what inspired us to start this blog series called A Local’s Perspective.
Each Local’s Perspective comes from a reputable tour operator from one of the many beautiful ports of call frequented by cruise ships. These individuals will give you an insider’s look at the things to do, see, eat, and enjoy when on you are ashore visiting the tropical paradise they call home.
This week, we bring to you a Local’s Perspective on St Kitts for Cruisers featuring Liz Pereira, owner of Pereira Tours– a full service tour company located in Port Zante, St. Kitts. Check out Liz’s local perspective on St. Kitts including her recommendations on local eats, beaches, and best shore excursions. Also, be sure to visit Pereira Tours for more information on the tour company and shore excursions offered-or find them on Facebook.
Port Zante in Basseterre, St. Kitts
A Local’s Perspective on St Kitts for Cruisers
Please give us a brief bio about yourself and your tour company.
“Originally from Canada with family from St. Kitts, I am passionate about the island and my goal is to provide you with excellent service and ensure that your trip to St. Kitts is memorable. As a former senior travel agent with Marlin Travel, I specialized in group bookings to St. Kitts.
We are committed to providing a quality experience using excellent, certified guides and safety standards.”
Why should cruisers visit your island?
“St. Kitts is a beautiful unspoiled island with breathtaking views. The locals are friendly and beaches are gorgeous.”
We couldn’t agree more! During our last visit to St. Kitts in 2014 onboard Independence of the Seas, we took an island tour and got to experience those views firsthand.
What is something unique or a little known fact about your island?
“We have more monkeys than people.”
What is your favorite local restaurant? What meal should cruisers try at this restaurant?
“Reggae Beach Bar & Grill”
Reggae Beach Bar & Grill specializes in seafood and BBQ dishes. Liz’s recommendations are the lobster, coconut shrimp, or fresh conch. Reggae Beach Bar & Grill also offers facilities, complimentary WiFi, and a gift shop with Reggae Beach apparel.
Where is the best local spot for cruisers to grab a drink?
“Reggae Beach Bar & Grill”
While you are enjoying the local eats, you might as well grab a frozen cocktail or two, right?
©Reggae Beach Bar and Grill
What is your favorite beach on the island and why?
Liz recommends Reggae Beach, which is located on Cockleshell Bay and is easily accessible by taxi from downtown Basseterre. Reggae Beach Bar & Grill offers lounge chairs and umbrella rentals for $5, complimentary WiFi, and changing facilities, so you can enjoy this lovely beach with all the comforts of home.
Why does Liz love Reggae Beach? Because it’s a “beautiful long beach that’s great for taking walks”, “has a great view of our sister island Nevis”, and “fun watersports are available on the beach”.
Where will cruisers find the best shopping, deals, and local goods?
“The Amina Market in Port Zante”- This craft market displays the works of various local artisans selling many handmade goods that will make perfect souvenirs for you and those back home.
“Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor”- During your visit to Romney Manor, you can observe Caribelle artists demonstrating intricate dying techniques and perhaps purchase some batik garments of your own.
What are your TOP 3 shore excursions/tours?
- Full day sail and snorkel excursion to Nevis– “Enjoy an exhilarating sail, snorkeling in a secluded cove, (snorkel equipment included), a delicious lunch, and a relaxing stop on beautiful Pinney’s Beach in Nevis.”
- The menu consists of a delicious Greek pasta salad, rice n peas, stewed chicken in pineapple sauce, coleslaw with coconut, and banana bread for dessert. A veggie meal can be arranged.
- There’s an open bar all day long, island tunes, and a crew that will ensure you have a great time snorkeling (free equipment).
- Bask in the warm sun while enjoying the crystal, clear, turquoise waters with a tropical cocktail. This excursion is described as one of the best activities in St. Kitts.
Pinney’s Beach, Nevis – Photo Credit bencampbell|Source| CC BY 2.0
- Full island tour- “Join us on a historical tour of beautiful St. Kitts.”
- Enjoy a leisurely drive through our historical capital, Basseterre. In “The Circus” you will see the Berkeley Memorial, a replica of the clock in Piccadilly Circus in London. You will see Independence Square (a former slave market), the Roman Catholic Cathedral, and St. George’s Anglican Church.
- After Basseterre we head out on the islands Main Road, passing quaint seaside villages on our way to Bloody Point where the Carib Indians died at the hands of the English and French in 1626.
- You will next visit Romney Manor, once owned by Samuel Jefferson, the great great great grandfather and the third U.S President, Thomas Jefferson. This beautiful plantation sits on 25 acres of lush tropical gardens and is home to the popular Caribelle Batik.
- You will then visit the highlight of our tour, Brimstone Hill Fortress, an 18th Century fortress and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the breathtaking views in every direction.
- Your final stop will be Black Rocks. Here you can take pictures where the volcano erupted and the lava formed a rock formation.
Brimstone Hill Fortress
- Panoramic island tour and beach-
- Enjoy a drive in an air conditioned vehicle through historical Basseterre on the way to Romney Manor/Caribelle Batik. Here you visit the beautiful botanical gardens, learn the art of batik making in the Caribelle Batik Studio and have the opportunity to shop in their boutique.
- You will then proceed to Frigate Bay where you will drive to the top of Timothy Hill for a breathtaking view of the southeast peninsula. Here you will see where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet and a view of our sister island of Nevis.
- After your island tour you will be transferred to one of our beautiful beaches.
Gardens at Romney Manor
Disclaimer: All tour descriptions listed above were obtained directly from Pereira Tours and are accurate as of this posting date, but be sure to visit the website directly for the most up to date information.
Have you visited St. Kitts on a cruise? If so, what did you enjoy during your stop at this port of call? We hope this Local’s Perspective on St Kitts for Cruisers will help you plan your next visit to St. Kitts!