Off Track Sites
in St. Kitts, Port Zante (Basseterre)

Off The Beaten Track Attractions in St. Kitts for Cruise Travelers
- Unusual Things to See and Do.

By: Editor-in-Chief | Date: February 3, 2018

Surprising as it may sound considering the small size of the Island, the cruise traveler that has been-there-and-done-that will find quite a few hidden secrets in St Kitts. Naturally, Nevis with its secluded beaches (over half a dozen) and historical landmarks is an off track destination to explore that was included in the 'highlights' review of St. Kitts. Below you will find a few more that you may want to add to your to do and see list.

 

A to Z - Off Track

Amazing Grace Experience
(an Historic Landmark)

Photo of Amazing Grace Experince in Saint Kitts.

Photo Courtesy of Amazing Grace Experience

Few cruisers to St. Kitts are aware that Amazing Grace - one of the most loved songs of all time - was composed here. The dramatic story of how John Newton, a slave trader, ended up writing such a sublime song can be revisited in the bay of Sandy Point. Here, a Visitor Center invites travelers to discover the history of St. Kitts, what happened to John Newton and how it contributed to abolish the Slave Trade.
Open: Monday to Friday 10:30 AM to 4 PM | Closed on Public Holidays.
Entrance: $5.00 (USD)
Website: Official Site

Bloody Point
(Historic Landmark)

Photo of Bloody Point in Saint Kitts.

Photo Courtesy of TripAdvisor

There isn't much to see at Bloody Point and just a few tours will include it in historical itineraries. However, some cruise travelers may want to make sure that they don't miss it. The main reason to mention Bloody Point and pass by is purely historical. This is where, in 1626, English and French colonial invaders massacred most of the Carib population of the Island. Seldom mentioned, a nice hike through the Stone Fort River will lead to the narrowing of the canyon where some interesting petroglyphs can be found.

Mount Liamuiga
(and Black Rocks)

Photo of Mount Liamuiga in Saint Kitts.

Photo: Courtesy of St. Kitts Tourism Authority

For those that enjoy hiking adventures, climbing the Mount Liamuiga will be a memorable one. You need to be fit, count with 6 to 7 hours for the hike to the top of a dormant volcano and have a guide but the reward is unique. On the seashore, close to the village of Saddlers, the flow of lava from eruptions over 2,000 years ago developed into unusual rugged formations know as Black Rocks. Interesting to see on a tour of the island but not really worth a visit on purpose.

Petroglyphs
(next to Romney Manor)

Photo of Petroglyphs in Saint Kitts.

Photo: Public Domain

Near the Romney Manor a series of unusual carvings on two dark rocks should not be missed. Known as petroglyphs, these carvings seem to be in their original location as it looks unlikely that they have been moved here. Experts haven't agreed on what they depict - Gods? Fertility symbols? - but archeologists do not doubt that these were made the original Carib inhabitants long before Europeans discovered the Island.

St. Kitts Eco-Park
(Exotic Flora)

Photo of Eco-Park in Saint Kitts.

Photo Courtsesy of Eco Park

Although the Eco-Park is open for visitors, the cruise traveler shouldn't expect a full tourist guided service to this farm-demonstration. Most staff are working gardeners and guidance is not always the best. With an $8.00 (USD) entrance fee, some may feel that it isn't worth it. However, for those that enjoy discovering exotic botanical wonders, the Eco-Park may be an interesting surprise. The setting is wonderful and there are many attractions to enjoy in its 20 acres like the Greenhouse, the Rose Garden, the Horticultural Labyrinth or the Tropical Orchard.
Facebook Page: StKittsEcoPark

 

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