Travelers docking at Port Zante typically head straight for the island’s fantastic beaches, such as Banana Bay or North Frigate Bay, to snorkel, kayak, or boat; opt for shore excursions that include round-trip transportation to St. Kitt’s lush rain forests; or hop on catamarans bound for neighboring Nevis. However, it’s worth exploring the capital of Basseterre too, either independently or as part of a guided tour that will teach you about the city’s colonial past and more.
Things to Know Before You Go
- St. Kitts’ tourism operations are based at the port, which is a good spot to pick up maps and other island information.
- Port Zante has plenty of other facilities, including restaurants, boutiques, a duty-free plaza, and souvenir stores.
- Ferries run twice a day between the separate islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, although private catamaran tours also connect the two.
- Shore excursions and organized boat or catamaran tours are convenient ways to make the most of your limited time on the island.
How to Get to Basseterre From Port Zante
Downtown Basseterre is just a 15-minute stroll away from Port Zante. If you take a taxi, agree on the fare upfront as cabs don’t tend to be metered. Minibuses also take passengers downtown. If you’re driving, keep a lookout for goats, cows, and other wildlife that might wander into your path.
Cruise lines sailing to St. Kitts include Carnival, Azmara, Celebrity, Seabourn, Norwegian, and Princess. Port Zante’s extensive port facilities can handle the world’s largest liners, including the QM2. St. Kitts’ currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, but US dollars are just as widely accepted and you’ll find banks with ATMs in central Basseterre. English is the official language of St. Kitts, but St. Kitts Creole is also widely spoken.