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Brimstone Hill Fortress
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St Kitts Sightseeing Tour to Brimstone Hill Fortress with Beach Visit
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Full Island Panoramic Tour of St Kitts
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Shore Excursion: Treasures of St Kitts by Land and Sea
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Owner description: The 'Gibraltar of the West Indies', this massive fortress on a limestone hilltop rises nearly 800 feet above sea level.
Reviewed May 13, 2013

I loved this self guided tour, exploring the structure and the architecture. If I had to choose one tourist attraction, this would be it. Amazing local and north american history lessons here, and absolutely beautiful. Take kids for sure!

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

My husband and I had Brimstone Fortress to ourselves and we loved every minute of it. The fortress is in great shape with lots of nooks and crannies to explore, lots to learn and amazing views of the island and ocean. Pack a picnic - lots of good spots to sit and relax!

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

My husband and I visited Brimstone Hill during a shore excursion at St. Kitts. We enjoyed the fortress and the views from on top of the hill. The fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in great shape. The history of the fort was interesting, but there were no guides. It is a self-guided tour with a few signs once you go inside the for building. The views at the top are worth the drive.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

My wife and I recently returned to St Kitts on a cruise vacation in April 2013. While there we visited Brimstone Hill on an excursion. We were very impressed with how intact the fortress was. As mentioned in numerous reviews, it is a bit strenuos to climb to the top. However, the walk is definately worth it as the views are magnificent. We were able to get some fabulous photos of the breathtaking views. We would recommend this site.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Brimstone Hill Fortress, Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies

This is a Unesco world heritage site. This is a 300 year old fort and is known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies. The fortress sits 730 feet above the island of St. Kitts. There is a museum, a cafe, restrooms and free video giving the history of this amazing fort. The English in 1690‘s created the fort onward to 1790. It was composed of basalt lava, each one shaped into a square. The limestone mortar comes from the cliffs that the fort sits high upon. It is considered one of the most magnificent of all the forts built in the West Indies. Huge cannons sit to this day atop the fort, pointed out at sea. St. Kitts was owned by the British and the French. Both fought and held this fort from one another over the centuries. Today, St. Kitts is a protectorate of the United Kingdom.

It is a dicey one and a half lane asphalt road leading up to the fortress. If you’re only going to be in St. Kitts for a day, get a taxi from the dockside area to take you out there. There are a couple of stone arches that if you don’t drive it carefully, you are going to rub your car side into the unmovable stones....so just be aware. If you have a rental car, all the more reason to be VERY careful when climbing this narrow switchback up to the fortress.

This fortress is well worth your time. They have great restrooms, a gift shop, a video presentation room (free) to give you a quick ten minute historical over view, a small cafe where you can get local food plus hamburgers, and something cold to drink. At the gate where you pay an entrance fee, for $5.00 you can get an audio tour...so pick it up if that’s your thing. Up at the fort, they have a FREE ten minute video presentation you might want to consider instead, depending upon your budget. They make a wonderful pina colada too. There’s all kinds of chips because the humidity is so high and temperature in the 80’s, that you sweat. And salt replacement as well as hydration are major factors.

If you have knee/hip/back problems, this will be daunting to actually climb up the hill to get inside the fortress. But even from the gravel parking lot, you can see a LOT and be able to walk around without a lot of stress and strain on your body. Those who are photographers, a short lens will do, but there’s some seascapes from this hill that beg for a 300mm or 400mm long lens if you’re carrying one around with you. Especially on a clear day with a 400mm you can photograph Nevis, the nearest island to St. Kitts.

Those who are bound to a wheelchair won’t find much convenience for your wheels. You can still be in the parking lot area and see a lot up above you on the hill, along with the massive cannons sticking out of the fort itself. And there are some paved paths that are wide enough down below the fort and you’ll get to see the grand vistas..again, worth it to you.

Children will love this place. Lots of green lawns to play upon and frisk around upon. Always have an adult nearby because it is a hill and kids can fall off the fort walls. You can’t just let ‘em run wild, their safety should be a priority.

My advice is visit this early morning, 9am or 10am. Why? Because it’s a lot cooler. From April through September, it is hot, hot, hot in the Caribbean and not the best time to go. If you can manage November through March, it’s a lot cooler. For older folks, this type of humidity, hot sunlight, takes a toll of them and the cooler months are advised. Always drink a LOT of water....you’re gonna sweat a lot. This fort is a lot of fun for everyone. It’s beautiful and one the highest point on St. Kitts, giving you a breathtaking view of everywhere. Nevis Island, a sister island you can go to by ferry, is nearby. Not to be missed especially if you’re a historical buff or a photographer.

I can’t say enough about the people of St. Kitts. Wonderful, warm, open, kind and helpful.

Website: http://brimstonehillfortress.org
Address: PO BOX 588, Taylor’s Range, Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies
Telephone: 869-465-2609
Fax: 869-466-7785

email info@brimstonehillfortress.org

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