The Island of St.Kitts
“Pass the sugar, please!”
Years ago, the sugar used to sweeten your coffee, tea and baked goods could very well have come from the Caribbean, and specifically from a small volcanic island in the Leeward Islands called St.Kitts. Nowadays St Kitts with its capital town, Basseterre, is part of the federated country of St. Kitts and Nevis, Nevis being another island close by. And this island now “imports” tourists rather than exporting sugar.
Harbour at St. Kitts
North American tourists appreciate the convenience of the official English language, the non crowded beaches and attractions, the history, and the country’s attention to the ecology. Fully one quarter of the island is devoted to national parklands with an ever increasing footage of rainforest. Off the island are huge beds of coral and many new and relatively unexplored diving sites. As an active visitor, one has hiking, horseback riding, swimming, diving and zip lining to look forward to.
If one wishes to explore the history of the island there are two attractions of note: the Brimstone Hill Fortress and the St.Kitts Scenic Railway,and both are linked to its sugar cane past.