Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Carnival Victory: St. Kitts

Arrive at 8 am, Board by 5:30, Sail Away at 6

In St. Kitts we got off the boat around 12:30 to walk around the port and possibly head to Cockleshell Beach. The port area is very large, like a city square. It was very open and there were groups of dancers and performers in different areas. St. Kitts has three monkeys per person living on the island so there a lot of monkeys people had in the port area. Many of them were dressed up and were able to take pictures with you, for a price. 

 We ran into the owner of Island Safari Tours and he offered us a tour of the island for $20 pp. This turned out to be a great deal!  We stuck around the shopping area until 1:30 and then met back up with the group to get into an open safari truck. We drove through the capital and past some historical areas, our driver took time to stop and explain points of interest. Although we were told our tour included a stop at the Brimstone Hill Fortress, we didnt get very close due to the amount we had to see in such a short time. We moved on to the rainforest area and stopped for about 45 minutes at Romney Manor which has beautiful botanical gardens and is the home of Caribelle Batik. They offered a demonstration of how their process works, which was very interesting. They had a variety of dresses, shirts, paintings etc here for puchase.

Once we left Romney Manor, we drove across the island to Friars Bay but could only stay for about 15 minutes. The beach was quite small but did have loungers with tiki hut type umbrellas as well as the Shipwreck Beach Bar. At the entrance of the bar was an area where they fed monkeys so they were hanging out as well as a mongoose! For our last stop before going back to port, we went to the look out where you can see the closest the Caribbean Sea & Atlantic Ocean get with out touching. This is a beautiful overlook with amazing views. You can see different islands in the distance as well as lovely homes built onto the sides of the mountains. Over all it was about 3 hours for a very informative tour that took us all across the island. I would recommend that if you really wanted to get a full feeling of the island, take an early morning tour.

Port entrance from the ship

Fields of sugar cane are abundant in St. Kitts.
 It was once the countries largest source of income, 
they even had a Coca-Cola plant on the island.

 Caribelle Batik process part 1

Caribelle Batik process part 2

Caribelle Batik process part 3

 Mount Liamuiga in the distance from Romney Manor Estate

Friars Bay

Monkey playing near the beach at Friars Bay

Mongoose eating near the beach

 Closest place the Atlantic Ocean (L) and Caribbean Sea (R) come with out touching
The island of Nevis is in the background

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