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Seven hours in St. Kitts / Nevis

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Seven hours in St. Kitts / Nevis

Once our cruise ship docks in St. Kitts we have seven hours to enjoy St. Kitts and Nevis. What should we do? Tour St. Kitts, Nevis or both, go to a beach, catamaran?

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1. Re: Seven hours in St. Kitts / Nevis

It isn't really practical to tour both both St. Kitts and Nevis in 7 hours. The ferry between islands takes around 45 to 50 minutes each way, and that doesn't include any waiting time at the terminals. Also schedules are such that you'd have to come back within the hour or wait until later in the afternoon.

So, choose which island you want to tour and do just that one.

Now, if you choose to do a tour of St. Kitts you'll find a number of different vendors at the cruise ship dock that offer group tours or you can also hire a taxi driver/guide to give you a private tour - there will be plenty waiting at the cruise ship dock (go here for rates: http://www.discover-stkitts-nevis-beaches.com/st-kitts-nevis-taxi.html).

Of course, you could always take a catamaran day sail for snorkeling and a stop for swimming/lunch on Nevis. Check out these companies: www.leewardislandscharters.com or www.bluewatersafaris.com

As you already surmised you can spend all or part of your day at the beach. Go to either Frigate Bay (12 minutes from the cruise ship dock) , South Friars Bay (17 minutes from the dock) or Cockleshell Beach (30 minutes from the dock). Lots has been written on this forum about these beaches and the facilities they offer - scroll down through the recent posts or use the Search feature above - you'll find scores of threads and hundreds of posts.

One more thing, if you decide to visit Nevis instead you'll find plenty of taxi driver/guides waiting at the ferry dock in Charlestown who will give you guided tours of the island. Go here for the ferry schedule: http://boatschedule.leytonms.com/index.php

Enjoy your visit which ever island you decide to tour.

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2. Re: Seven hours in St. Kitts / Nevis

are you familiar with Caribbean Journey Masters catamaran tours?

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3. Re: Seven hours in St. Kitts / Nevis

They are a tour operator based on St. Kitts. Most of their tours are land based. I believe they use one of the "smaller" catamarans (as compared to large ones used by Leeward Islands tours). I've never used them but believe they cater to clientele that likes a "party atmosphere". they are quite popular with cruise passengers.

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Caribbean Journey Masters sells tours, as CaribSurfer says. They don't have their own boats--they book you on one of the catamaran companies. You may be better off making reservations directly.

In answer to your other thread about half-day v. full day cat trips--are you mainly interested in snorkeling or in sitting around the catamaran and enjoying the drinks and views? If you're mainly interested in snorkeling, I'd recommend doing the half day trip. If you want lunch and drinks and being on the water--go the full day. But do make sure you'll be back in time for your ship departure. On the full day, you'll have lunch on the beach in Nevis but won't really see anything of the island.

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5. Re: Seven hours in St. Kitts / Nevis

We booked directly through blue safari and saved $40 a person! Thanks everyone for all your help.

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