St. Kitts is the larger of the two Caribbean islands that comprise the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. It’s known for rainforested mountains and beaches of white, gray, and black sands. On its southwestern coast is the capital, Basseterre, featuring Georgian buildings from the colonial era.
Shopping at Port Zante
My dad had very sweetly told my mum he wanted to buy her a diamond necklace to celebrate their 50th (50th!!! Bravo to them!) wedding anniversary (which this cruise was celebrating, along with my 40th birthday). So we headed to Port Zante, a 27-acre, purpose built outdoor mall in Basseterre Bay, just minutes away from downtown Basseterre. It’s filled with jewelry stores, tacky beach shops, sunburned tourists, men with monkeys on their shoulder offering tours around the island, and jewelry sellers all looking for you to spend money in their store. It was, quite frankly, godawful, and the less said about it the better, but my mum found a beautiful necklace (yay!), and so we headed into Basseterre proper to wander around the streets. There are some lovely colonial buildings and parks such as Independence Square (celebrating St Kitts’ political independence in 1983).
Ziplining with Sky Safari
In the afternoon, dad had booked us all on a ziplining tour (my parents are no ordinary 70 year olds!). It was such great fun! Sky Safari gets great reviews on Trip Advisor and it’s easy to see why. Set in the beautiful Wingfield Estate, our guides (with fab names like Plastic Fantastic and Rrrrramon) took us through the safety briefing with patience and humor but like complete professionals.
Then our group of about 12 (all from the Wind Surf cruise ship) clambered onto a big open-bed truck with side-facing seating and made our way to the top of the mountain (well, it felt like a mountain!).
And then off we went! There were about four ziplines (I wish there’d been more!), crossing the rain forest below. Often the foliage was quite high so it didn’t seem quite as much of a drop as it could have! The only word of caution is that the jolt when you stop at the far end of the zip line is extreme. You come in fast and there are no blocks to slow you down like I’ve experienced in other places. There were springs that bounce you back but it is still quite a crash landing!
It was so beautiful, skimming across and seeing the forest below and the Caribbean off in the distance. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip!
Interested in a Wind Star or Wind Surf cruise, or just want to find out about the islands on the itinerary? Read my posts on Sint Maarten, Barbuda, Domenica, St Lucia, Les Saintes, St Barts, and St Martin.