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Playing in Basseterre, St. Kitts (continued)

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PLAYING IN ST. KITTS

From walking on sugar-fine sand to playing in gray volcanic sand, St Kitts offer some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The beautiful white sand beaches of the Southeast Peninsula are accentuated by the panoramic views of sister island Nevis. With the emphasis on preserving the environment, the minimally developed beaches of Turtle Beach and Sand Bank Bay are exceptionally clean and relaxing. Years of erosion have made the black volcanic rock that is abundant throughout the island into an intriguing, gray sand. Found at numerous beaches at the northern end of the island, the gray sand is certainly worth a look, especially if you are looking for an alternative to the white sandy beaches usually found on St. Kitts. Travel to Frigate Bay for two beaches: on the western side, the Caribbean Sea offers calm waters to play and relax in; on the eastern, the Atlantic Ocean offers large waves that are ideal for body surfing.

While St. Kitts is not a major dive destination, some interesting sites do exist. Both shallow inshore and offshore shoals provide good diving, as does the coral reef between St. Kitts and Nevis. If you are certified and want to try a dive, consider Kenneth’s Dive Center, http://www.kennethdivecenter.net.

Brimstone Hill Fortress, a stop on several shore excursions, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fascinating place for those who enjoy history and architecture. It’s quite large and has both a visitor center and a museum. It also provides stunning views—on a clear day, you can see several neighboring islands. If you want to visit on your own, you can get a taxi at the port for about $30 U.S. Admission is $10 U.S. (kids are $5 U.S.). Hour are 9:30 am–5:30 pm. For more information, visit http://www.brimstonehillfortress.org.

Another must-see attraction in St. Kitts is Romney Manor, which was once owned by Thomas Jefferson’s great-great-great-grandfather. The manor has 10 acres of magestic grounds—look for the 350-year-old saman tree that covers half an acre! This is also the site of Caribelle Batik—you can watch artists create the batik items as well as purchase them (there’s also a store in downtown Basseterre if you can’t make it here). For more information, phone 869-465-6253 or visit http://www.caribellebatikstkitts.com. Admission is free.

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Top Photo Slice: Entre Deshaie in St. Kitts (℗ 53348) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx



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