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ST. KITTS ENTERTAINMENT





St. Kitts comes alive at night! Under starry skies, the music of the Caribbean can be heard swaying through the coconut palms. with folklore shows, calypso and steel bands, and nightly parties, no matter how late it gets, the sun never really sets on St. Kitts. The Ocean Terrace Inn's restaurant, Fisherman's Wharf, has a live band every Friday from 8 to 10 pm on. The Monkey Bar on Frigate Bay is the friendliest beach bar on the island, and comes really alive on Friday evenings, with music starting at 9 pm and going into the wee hours. The Turtle Beach Bar and Grill has a live steel band for their popular Sunday afternoon seafood buffet, while on Saturday it's beach disco time. On Friday and Saturday night, locals often head for J's Place, across from Brimstone Hill - the place is often jumping until the early hours. Bayembi Cultural Entertainment Bar and Cafe, just off the Circus in Basseterre, is a hot and happening place - every Thursday is oldies night and every Friday is reggae night. Its daily happy hours pack 'em in at sunset. And a fairly new addition to the night scene is the Old Anchorage in Frigate Bay - a combination restaurant/beach bar with a disco on some evenings.





Visitors going to St. Kitts can now enjoy the excitement of the largest Las Vegas-style casino in the Caribbean. The 40,000 square foot Royal Resort Casino is part of the recently opened St. Kitts Marriott Royal Beach Resort. Stocked with 100 gaming tables and 450 slot machines, the Casino boasts a hand painted ceiling enhanced by fiber-optic technology. The casino is open 17 hours a day, and includes a lounge area complete with four large-screen televisions for viewing sporting events.

ST. KITTS SPORTS





SEALOFTS - also offers free green fees at the local Golf course.




Horse riding, mountain climbing, tennis and golf are available. On St Kitts there is Trinity Stables, T465-3226/9603, and Royal Stables at West Farm, T4652222, F4654444, on Nevis at the Hermitage Plantation, T4693477, F4692481, where they also have horse-drawn carriage tours, US$50 per 30 minutes and horseriding US$40 for one and a half hours.



Royal St Kitts Golf Course is an 18-hole international championship golf course at Frigate Bay (T4658339, 4654463 – use and hire of buggies compulsory) and there is a nine-hole golf course at Golden Rock, St Kitts (T4658103), where a fun day is held on the last Sunday of the month. On Nevis, the Four Seasons has an 18-hole golf course (T4691111, F4691112).



The St Kitts Triathlon is held on the second Sunday in May. Professional triathletes compete to gain official points to qualify for the Olympic games; this is preceded by an amateur race. The grandstand is at Timothy Beach Hotel.



On Nevis horse racing is the second most popular sport after cricket. The Nevis Turf and Jockey Club meets six times a year to race island thoroughbreds: New Year’s Day, Tourism Week (February), Easter, August during Culturama, Independence Day and Boxing Day. Facilities past Market Shop and down Hanley’s Road include a new grandstand seating 200, washrooms, a parimutual booth, good food and dancing well into the night, T4698442. There is a minimum of five races and horses sometimes come from neighbouring islands. Contact Richard Lupinacci at the Hermitage Inn for details, T4693477, F4692481. Also look out for the more amusing donkey races.



 



ST. KITTS ATTRACTIONS



Horse riding,

mountain climbing, cycling, tennis, Rain Forest
and golf are available.

On St Kitts there are Trinity Stables (beach tours US$25 per hour, rainforest

tour US$40), T465-3226/9603, and Royal Stables at West Farm, T4652222,

F4654444, on Nevis at the Hermitage Plantation, T4693477, F4692481, where

they also have horse-drawn carriage tours, US$50 per 30 minutes and horse

riding US$45 for 1˝ hours. Nevis horses are Thoroughbred/Creole crosses,

mostly retired from racing on Nevis. Blue Water Safaris now offer mountain

biking tours (US$15), island biking tours and beach outings. Royal St

Kitts Golf Course is an 18-hole international championship golf course

at Frigate Bay (T4658339, 4654463 – use and hire of buggies compulsory)

and there is a nine-hole golf course at Golden Rock, St Kitts (T4658103),

where a fun day is held on the last Sunday of the month. On Nevis, the

Four Seasons has an 18-hole golf course (T4691111, F4691112). The St Kitts

Triathlon is held on the second Sunday in May. Professional triathletes

compete to gain official points to qualify for the Olympic games; this

is preceded by an amateur race. The grandstand is at Timothy Beach Hotel.

On Nevis horse racing is the second most popular sport after cricket.

The Nevis Turf and Jockey Club meets six times a year to race island thoroughbreds:

New Year’s Day, Tourism Week (February), Easter, August during Culturama,

Independence Day and Boxing Day. Facilities past Market Shop and down

Hanley’s Road include a new grandstand seating 200, washrooms, a parimutual

booth, good food and dancing well into the night, T4698442. There is a

minimum of five races and horses sometimes come from neighbouring islands.

Contact Richard Lupinacci at the Hermitage Inn for details, T4693477,

F4692481. Look out for the more amusing donkey races.



ST. KITTS SHOPPING





The shopper has plenty of choice and is not swamped by US or British merchandise. Shops are well stocked. Local Sea Island cotton wear and cane and basketwork are attractive and reasonable. Shop opening hours 0800-1600, Monday-Saturday. Early closing on Thursday and also Saturday for some shops. Walls Deluxe Record and Bookshop on Fort Street has a good selection of music and Caribbean books, open Monday-Thursday 0800-1700, Friday 0800-1800, Saturday 0800-1630.



The Island Hopper Boutique at the Circus, underneath the Ballahoo restaurant, stocks the Caribelle Batik range of cotton fashions and also carries clothes from Trinidad, St Lucia, Barbados and Haiti; open 0800-1600 Monday-Friday, 0800-1300 Saturday, T4652905; also at The Arcade, Charlestown, Nevis, T469-1491/5426. The Stonewall Boutique on Princes Street sells quality local crafts and imports. The Plantation Picture House, at Rawlins Plantation is Kate Spencer’s studio and gallery of portraits, still life and landscapes in oils and watercolours, her designs are also on silk, open 1100-1700. She also has a shop in Basseterre, on Bank Street, just off the Circus, called Kate, with paintings, prints, silk sarongs, hats by Dale Isaac, and another shop in Main Street, Charlestown.



The public markets in Basseterre and Charleston are busiest Saturday morning, good for fruit and vegetables, also fish stalls and butchers. Supermarkets in Basseterre include B & K Superfood on the south side of Independence Square and George Street, Horsfords Valumart on Wellington Road, and Rams on Bay Road and at Bird Rock. On Nevis, there are well-stocked supermarkets: Nisbets in Newcastle and Superfood, Parkville Plaza, Charlestown. There are several local craft shops in Charlestown. Next to the Tourist Office is Nevis Handicraft Co-operative. On the road to the Four Seasons Hotel is an industrial estate with shops selling crafts and a toy shop. In Newcastle there is a pottery with red clay artefacts including bowls and candleholders. You can watch potters at work. The kilns are fired by burning coconut husks.



There are philatelic bureaux on both St Kitts and Nevis which are famous (the latter more so) for their first day covers of the islands’ fauna and flora, undersea life, history and carnival. The St Kitts bureau is in Pelican Shopping Mall, open Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday 0800-1200, 1300-1500, Thursday, 0800-1100. The Nevis bureau is open Monday-Friday, 0800-1600.

ST. KITTS DIVING





There is very good snorkelling and scuba diving. Most dive sites are on the Caribbean side of the islands, where the reef starts in shallow water and falls off to 100 feet or more. Between the two islands there is a shelf in only 25 feet of water which attracts lots of fish, including angelfish, to the corals, sea fans and sponges. There is black coral off the southeast peninsula, coral caves, reefs and wrecks with abundant fish and other sea creatures of all sizes and colours. Off St Kitts good reefs to dive include Turtle Reef (off Shitten Bay) which is good for beginners and snorkelling, Coconut Reef in Basseterre Bay and Pump Bay by Sandy Point. Much of the diving is suitable for novices and few of the major sites are deeper than 70 feet. Several wrecks and some other sites are actually shallow enough for very rewarding snorkelling although the very best snorkelling around St Kitts is only accessible by boat.



Dive Centres: Kenneth’s Dive Centre based in Basseterre (Bay Road, and also at Timothy Beach, T4657043/2670/1950, F4656472); Kenneth Samuel (friendly, helpful) is a PADI-certified Dive Master offering courses, dive packages (single tank dive US$50, US$75 two-tank dive, four day package US$245) and all equipment. He uses catamarans, Lady Peggy and Lady Madonna, or a 32-foot motor launch, Lady Majesta. Pro-Divers gives PADI instruction, T4653223, F4650265, prodiver@caribsurf.com, dive gear available for rent, dive packages available, single-tank dive US$45, two-tank dive US$70, resort course US$75, three-day PADI Open Water certification US$300, three-hour snorkelling US$35. Ocean kayaks available for hire. St Kitts Scuba is at Birdrock Beach Hotel, offering PADI instruction, T4651189, F4653696, skbscuba@caribsurf.com, two-tank dive US$65, resort course US$65, PADI Open Water certification US$350.



Snorkelling off Oualie Beach, Nevis, is excellent and also good at Nisbett Beach and Tamarind Bay. Scuba Safaris, run by Ellis Chaderton, is based at Oualie Beach, T4699518, F4699619: diving (US$45 for a single-tank dive, US$80 for two tanks), PADI and NAUI instruction and equipment rental.