When you explore St. Kitts, especially if you arrive via cruise ship, the first thing you encounter is the monkey peddlers. Here’s the warning: They will want to take your picture (Their monkeys, your camera). Not a bad thing, a guy’s gotta make a living, right…but if you want to hold a monkey, as I did, be sure to negotiate your terms in advance!
As you wander into town, away from the cruise terminal, you will come across Independence Park. Notice the old stone buildings, where slaves were once held prior to being sold in the slave trade. And if you are lucky, like we were, beautiful bougainvillea will be in bloom.
Across from the park sits the Immaculate Conception Co-Cathedral Catholic Church. This cool and stately church, flanked by palms at the front entrance, welcomes all travelers and is beautiful in its simplicity.
Also on the park is the Gallery Café, a gem not to be missed. Enjoy the art, but be sure to wander all the way to the back, for a brunch snack and a little rest in the quaint garden seating area.
If you get an opportunity, hire someone to take you up to Romney Manor (originally owned by Thomas Jefferson’s great, great, great grandfather) and now the site of Caribelle Batik. If you are a fabric hound, as I am, watching these talented women draw in hot wax is not to be missed!
We barely scratched the surface of St. Kitts. After meeting some of her warm, friendly people, I can only hope that we get the opportunity to return someday!
Batik photo credit: Caribelle Batik, St. Kitts