DAY 6 ON THE WIND SURF IN BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS

St. Kitts | Conch Fritters | Windstar Signature Deck BBQ - Wow!

While St. Kitts does not present a new port for us, it is a return to one of our favorites. It is definitely an islands to get out beyond the shops and explore the open spaces, great beaches and scenic vistas only St. Kitts can offer.

After indoor breakfast (for once) in Veranda we pack a bag for the day and are off. After a quick exploration of the shops we employ a cab driver and are off for a few hours. We love driving through beautiful St. Kitts. As you travel from one end to the other you have Atlantic Ocean views on one side the Caribbean Sea on the other.

We opted to drive to the far end to Cockleshell Beach, one of the better beaches on island. Our destination was Reggae Bar & Grill for some free Conch Fritters, cold brews and swim off the beach out back. We made a lot of stops on the return drive for more glorious photos of this spectacular island.

Back in town we visited the shops once more. St. Kitts is one of the larger shopping calls on this itinerary, and the last affordable one as St. Barts is next and last.

The main beaches in St. Kitts are South Friars Bay and Cockleshell Beach for white sand. Frigate Bay is another good choice but it is black sand. There are thin strips of beaches along the highway but rarely populated.

A popular attraction is Brimstone Hill, a 38--acre fortress that has been restored and has some impressive buildings with fantastic views. In its prime it had 49 guns and was often fought over by the British and French.

Some excursion we can recommend are: the Caribbean Scenic Railway - which completely circles the island by road and rail in a few hours. The two-level  car offer air conditioned comfort on the lower level and open space on top for fantastic views. Zip lining is another popular choice with lines as long as 1,400 feet in length, 25 stories above the ground. Expect to reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. You can also snorkel, dive ride an ATV, take Caribbean cooking classes, and SNUBA underwater.

The Wind Surf stays later in St. Kitts longer than most ports with a last tender returning to the ship at 8:15 PM. However we warn you to be onboard by 7. You won't want to miss the Windstar Signature Deck BBQ. It is popular and packed.

This is not your ordinary buffet. In this case we are docked off St. Kitts which is beautiful by night as well. The white sails are illuminated by lights against the black sky and Windstar spares absolutely nothing in the cuisine department for this occasion. Prepare to be spoiled by an enormous generous salad and soup bar, suckling pig carved in front of you, fresh paella, steak, and lobster. I will never forget when I returned to the lobster are for seconds the server asked me, "how many?" So indulge and return for your favorites as many times as you wish. But wait ... you really should save room for the massive dessert selections!

During this on deck feast both groups of nightly entertainers, Mellow Yellow and the Next Stage Band take turns performing live. Of course during dinner the Sail Away ritual is performed one sail at a time. And last but not least Sail Way is followed by Line Dancing with the crew. And if you still have energy for nightlife both band perform in their respective lounges until closing.

DRINK OF THE DAY: Blue Bayou
Malibu, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice and pina colada mix. $7.75

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