Basseterre is the capital of the Caribbean island federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. It’s the gateway to popular Saint Kitts beaches like South Friars Bay. At the city’s heart, Independence Square has an Italian-inspired fountain. Basseterre is home to lots of fascinating historic sites to visit, has a few prominent medical schools, and a 125 acre golf course, botanical gardens, and the National Museum, among countless other cultural treasures and more.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit St. Kitts and Nevis is in May and June, when hotels lower their rates to lure in travelers and the winter crowds thin out. Basseterre also hosts the St. Kitts music festival in June. The festival features local talent as well as world renowned performers. But the peak season – December to April – does host Carnival in February, a party that might be worth weaving through the droves of tourists.
Top Places to Visit in Basseterre
1. Old Treasury Building and National Museum
Constructed in 1894 in Georgian style and built with local stone, this former government administrative building now houses the National Museum.
2. Independence Square
Originally called Pall Mall Square, Independence Square is the social and commercial center of Basseterre. A fountain marks the center of this park area, where tourists and residents go to relax or enjoy a picnic lunch.
3. The Church of the Immaculate Conception
Located just to the east of Independence Square, this church was built in 1927, after the original church, dating back to 1856, was demolished on this site.
4. The Circus and Berkeley Memorial Clock Tower
To the southwest of Independence Square lies the Circus, modeled after Picadilly Circus in London. The clock tower was built in Glasgow and dedicated to the former President of the Legislative Council of St. Kitts, Thomas B. H. Berkeley, in 1883.
5. St. George’s Anglican Church
The largest church in St. Kitts, the building that currently exists dates back to 1867. This church, and the buildings that it replaced, suffered damage from several disasters, including a major earthquake, hurricanes, and fires.
6. South Friars Bay
The Caribbean Sea side of Friars Bay provides a splendid beach experience for all. The water is calm and the atmosphere is usually quite lively, especially on Sundays. Food and drinks are available. It is an excellent outing for the entire family.