St Kitts tours are available to explore the full range of attractions on the island. This is a major Caribbean port, and thousands of passengers disembark every year to taste what is available on the island. These ships on Caribbean cruises generally dock here for only one or two nights. Therefore, it is day tours in St Kitts that the majority of passengers enjoy. Some passengers also book Nevis tours for the variety of attractions that island has to offer.
Since anyone who comes here will be in the capital city for a period of time during their vacations, Basseterre St Kitts tours are enjoyed by virtually everyone. First on the list for cruise passengers is time spent at the cruise port itself. Port Zante is a shopper's paradise, with a numbers of galleries, boutiques, souvenir shops, and jewelry stores. There are also several restaurants.
This city is one of the oldest in the Caribbean, so your Basseterre St Kitts tours should include some of the history that dates to the early seventeenth century. See the Treasury House, the customs building through which everything in or out of the island colony passed, from slaves to sugar cane processed on the plantations. Admire the graceful Georgian architecture of the Circus Central Square, reminiscent of Piccadilly Circus in London after which it was patterned. See Independence Square, which ironically was built as a center for slave auctions in 1790. It was renamed "Independence" in 1983 to commemorate the founding of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. After your Basseterre St Kitts tours in the city, you have less than a mile to go to soak up the sun and warm Caribbean waters on one of the nearby beaches.
Another part of the island's history can be experienced on the scenic St Kitts Railway, which kept the production of sugar cane going much longer here than on other Caribbean islands. Many St Kitts tours include the three-hour train and bus tour that travels through old plantations and make stops at other historic points of interest. One of these is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Brimstone Hill Fortress, a wonderfully preserved model of military architecture that marks the site where British cannons bombarded the French city of Charlestown on neighboring Nevis Island. This is an easy excursion that can be enjoyed by anyone. Much more active St Kitts tours are available on the challenging hike to the summit of Mount Liamuiga. Participants need to be in good physical shape for this foray into the island's nature.
Both St Kitts and Nevis tours include scuba diving and snorkeling, which is excellent off both islands. The greatest number of dive sites are located off the larger island of St Kitts, although Nevis boasts a number of good sites as well. The dives explore wrecks and reefs, sheers walls and caverns, and are suitable for novices and well as experienced divers. Snorkeling is accessible to just about everyone, and many of the beaches are great places for this activity.
Nevis tours can explore even more history. Important attractions include the home that was the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, the illegitimate son of a Scotsman who would become an important statesman in the United States. There is also a fascinating Jewish Cemetery dating to the seventeenth century and the Horatio Nelson Museum with the largest collection of the famous mariner's memorabilia in the Western Hemisphere. If you want to stay in a place surrounded by history, you can choose one of the many lovely restored plantation inns that can be found on both islands.