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touring island on our own

I would like to know how long it takes to tour the island making stops at the plantations, brimstone and romney manor? Any other stops we should see? This is our 1st visit.We are going to rent a car for 1 day.

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1. Re: touring island on our own

Big mistake. It's just better with a guide and that guide should be Thenford Grey. He'll talk about history, take you to some places you won't be able to know how to get to, everyone knows him so something may come up that he can show you, he pointed out all the other islands that you can see from various locations, he'll take you to the black rocks. You can still rent the car and do a little exploring but I would definitley take Thenford for the island tour.

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I also recommend you hire a guide. You will learn and see so much more. (Black rocks, Bloody Point, historical Basseterre, Ottley & Rawlins Plantation, etc.)

I have used Thenford before and he was excellent.

www.thenfordgrey.com

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Another vote for Mr. Grey.

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I hate to say it, but I wasn't all that impressed with the black rocks. I mean, they're just......ROCKS! LOL! Maybe I'm missing something here, but I was there about 5 mins. - long enough to take a pic and move on.

The full island tour w/stops along the way will probably take about 4-5 hours.

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I loved the black rocks with the waves crashing against them. Beautiful!

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I thought the black rocks were amazing. They don't perform a broadway show or anything, but I was thrilled to see them and still remember them. They are just rocks, just like the Carribean is just water so I was terribly impressed with that.

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Just back from 5 days in St. Kitts. We rented a car, drove the main road counter-clockwise. Stopped at Brimstone Hill, Romney Manor, Basseterre and several beaches on the SE peninsula. Started at 12 noon, finished at 5pm. Our longest stop was about 2 hours at Brimstone Hill.

Overall, this was easy and relaxing, no pain driving and navigating. Sure we did not see everything and had no narrative, but we saw plenty for our tastes. Goats, monkeys, cows, donkey, horse, potholes - I think we missed nothing.

Going counter-clockwise insured that we had almost no taxi drivers behind us the entire way - all the taxi tours appeared to go the other direction.

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telling folks it's a "big mistake" to rent a car and tour the island on your own is a bit silly. Not everybody likes to be treated like cattle, and the St. Kitts process for getting a temporary Drivers License couldn't be any easier. Just pay the fee and rent your car.

Many people like the idea of being able to explore on their own, and don't feel the need to be escorted around. I know there are plenty of fine guides and tour operators, but it isn't a big island, and anyone who is reasonably travel experienced can do it on their own. If you are an explorer at heart, it's the only way to do it.

St. Kitts is a fantastic island and it is plenty easy to drive the island and explore on your own if you are so inclined.

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