St. Kitts Scenic Railway

#7 in Best Things To Do in St. Kitts & Nevis
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Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 3.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This railway was originally built in the early 1900s to transport sugar cane from the fields to the capital of Basseterre. Today, the train winds through miles of St. Kitts mountains and takes tourists on a scenic (and informative) journey. The railway cars are double-decker style, with an open-air top deck offering 360-degree views and ample photo opportunities. Along the way, you'll learn about the old sugar cane estates, see small villages and farms, and enjoy impressive panoramas of the sea, cliffs and verdant vegetation. (Keep in mind, of the 30-mile trip about 12 miles are covered via bus rather than train.) Plus, complimentary drinks like rum punch, daiquiris, soda and water are served throughout the three-hour tour.

Recent travelers said they were fans of this scenic railway ride, noting that the tour guides are exceptionally knowledgeable and the choir singing on board is a nice touch. However, some note this tour is on the pricey side.

Tours are available on select days and costs vary depending on if you purchase the tour through a cruise ship or through tour providers like Viator. The tour departs from Port Zante, where travelers board transfer buses to the train. For additional information, visit the railway's website.

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This "Gibraltar of the West Indies" should be included on one day's itinerary for its photo ops. If you climb to its top slopes on a clear day, you can see up to six other islands in the distance. Or you could tour the fort's interior, stroll the grounds and snap images of nearby towns in the distance or the vibrant hues of the Caribbean Sea. If history is more your forte than photography, then you should note that Brimstone Hill Fortress is one of the best-preserved forts of the Americas. It was designated a national park in 1985 and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.

According to recent travelers, Brimstone Hill Fortress is worth more than just a stop on an island tour. If you have the time you should devote at least two hours to walking its grounds: many were impressed with how well maintained it is and the stunning views it provides. The fortress, which is located in northwestern St. Kitts, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entry costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. Head to the fort's website for more information and assistance on planning your visit.

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