St. Kitts Scenic Railway Tour
The narrow gauge St. Kitts Scenic Railway is one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. Originally built between 1912 and 1926 to deliver sugar cane from the fields to the sugar mill in Basseterre, the "Last Railway in the West Indies" now provides a fascinating way for visitors to see the island from the comfort of modern passenger train cars and sightseeing buses.
The Railway hugs the Northeastern coastline where spectacular vistas of the ocean, surf, cliffs and lush vegetation surround you. The train rolls across tall steel bridges spanning deep "ghuts", or canyons, and winds through small villages and farms. Dark green rain forests are skirted by rippling fields of sugar cane, with the volcanic cone of Mt. Liamuiga rising above the railway.
This unique rail and highway experience allows visitors to see the country in a very short period of time.* Your tour conductor will point out all the sights as the train passes old sugar cane estates with abandoned windmills and chimneys. See St. Paul's Village, home of St. Kitts Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas; Brimstone Hill Fortress, the British "Gibraltar of the Caribbean"; and Old Road Town, where Sir Thomas Warner, founder of the English colony on St. Kitts is buried beside his friend Samuel Jefferson, American President Thomas Jefferson's great great grandfather. (Alexander Hamilton was born on the neighboring island of Nevis.)
*The 18 miles by rail and 12 miles by bus make a complete 30-mile circle around the island.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours by Rail and 45 minutes by Bus.
PLEASE NOTE: the tour may operate in reverse as "BUS/TRAIN".