I used to be so against cruising. Why? Well, before I went I thought that I didn’t want to be on someone else’s schedule of where I’d go, how long I’d be there…etc. But then I took my first cruise with Windstar, and it TOTALLY changed my mind. Cruising actually maximizes your time – it’s like a mobile hotel room! You get up, explore to the fullest, come back on the ship, and then have sweet dreams while you are taken to your next destination. It’s fabulous! I’ve been chronicling our cruise to the Gems of the Leeward Islands, where we explored EIGHT different islands on an 11-day cruise. Our first stop was St. Kitts, and I can’t wait to share!
I was invited by Windstar Cruises to enjoy their ship and write about my journeys. All opinions are my own, and this was my second journey with Windstar (the first was over a decade ago!).
I love the Caribbean! The islands are so pretty, and the views from the land of the surrounding area are breathtaking. There are so many places to explore, and the overall vibe is laid back, which I love. What a fun place to explore – especially by taking a cruise.
Exploring St. Kitts
Wingfield Estate & Caribelle Batik
My husband and I love to explore, so we immediately looked for some sort of rental when we got off the boat. We found an ATV, which was perfect and stable for us to ride comfortably to see the stunning island views. Our first stop was Wingfield Estate, which has remains of the old sugar cane facility along with ladies making batik at Caribelle. Seeing the fabric drying in the sun was so lovely – take a peek at all of the vibrant colors.
Brimstone Hill Fortress
Have you ever been to a fort? I love visiting them when I travel because there is so much history, and the views are beautiful! The vantage point from the top of Brimstone Hill Fortress with the water and structure itself was perfect. There was a fee to enter, but to us it was definitely worth the cost. You’ll understand when you see the photos. Also, a nice couple offered to take our photo on the ATV – I was so thankful they did!
The Black Rocks
We ventured out in search of the Black Rocks next. I was disappointed we couldn’t walk down, but the views were really pretty from where we could see them. The sky was a gorgeous blue, and the white, fluffy clouds added to the texture. So stunning!
Of course, when you are in the Caribbean, it’s natural to want to spend time at the beach, right? We used the ATV to roam the island in search for serene spots to swim and relax a bit. Below are some of the spots we found. My favorite was the one with the pebbled beach. There were stones of all colors, and I collected a few as souvenirs to take home. I’m a big fan of free souvenirs. Ha!
St. George’s Church
Our landing port of Basseterre had a lovely church, so we decided to explore a bit once we returned our ATV. We strolled the streets and enjoyed a bit of a walk after our time riding. St. George’s Church was so lovely!
So, there’s a bit about our time on St. Kitts. I do have to admit that it was one of our favorite islands. I’m not sure if it was because of the variety of things to do, the beauty, or the fact that it was our very first stop, but I hope you get to experience it someday, too.