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CRUISING TO THE CARIBBEAN:
St. Kitts is a very scenic island. Its lush green mountains tower
over a gently sloping coastal plain.
The island is volcanic in origin. A string of mountains run along
the spine of the island, soaring up to 3,936 feet (1,200 meters).
They are too steep for inhabitation but contain tropical rain forests
with hummingbirds and green monkeys.
Both because of its strategic location in the Leeward Islands of
the Lesser Antilles and because of its once lucrative sugar
industry, St. Kitts played an important role in Caribbean history.
Echoes of that history serve to enhance the visitor experience
St. Kitts is part of a two island nation called the Federation of St.
Kitts and Nevis. Its sister island, Nevis, lies some two miles (3
km) to the southeast.
Bassterre is both the principal urban area on St. Kitts and the
capital of the nation. The size of a large town, it draws from its
British heritage with Georgian houses, a Victorian park and a
central roundabout. At the same time, it is distinctly Caribbean in
The island is intimate in size - - 65 square miles - - with a
population of approimately 35,000. English is the official
St. Kitts has a tropical climate. The rainy season is from May to
November. The island is subject to hurricanes.
Above: The coastal areas are lush green plains that abruptly rise into steep mountains in the center of the island.
Below: St. Kitts reflects both its West Indian and British heritages.
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The center of Basseterre is The Circus, reportedly
patterned after London's Piccadilly Circus. At the
center, is a four-sided Victorian clock encased
within green stone with a fountain at its base.
Independence Square (formerly Pall Mall
Square) is a sizeable park in central Basseterre. It
once contained the island's slave market.