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“Delightful & Fun way to see St Kitts!”

St. Kitts Scenic Railway
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St Kitts Scenic Railway Tour
Ranked #12 of 82 things to do in St. Kitts
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Owner description: The narrow gauge St. Kitts scenic railway is one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. Originally built in 1912 to deliver sugarcane 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 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 rainforests are skirted by rippling fields of sugar can, with the volcanic cone of Mt. Liamuiga rising above the railway. This unique rail and highway experience allows visitors the opportunity to see the island in a very short period of time. Your guide will point out all the sights as the train passes old sugar estates with abandoned windmills and chimneys.
Salisbury, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Delightful & Fun way to see St Kitts!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

What a unique excursion! The Scenic Railway is so charming! The train is very comfortable. Choose to ride on plush seats in the open-air deck (stunning photo opportunities!) or ride in the beautiful air-conditioned club cars below. You choose your car and then can go up and down as much as you like between the two decks. Snacks/drinks are served throughout the journey as well as some light entertainment from some of the locals. (Bathrooms were super clean!) This was the BEST way to see the stunning beauty of St Kitts. The views were breathtaking and we had such a good time. Can't wait to do this again!! (NOTE: We booked this through our cruise ship and the first half of the excursion was sailing up the coast on a catamaran. Both legs of the trip were wonderful!)

Visited May 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

It is about a hour ride with full narrative trained guide. Knowing St. Kitts history, pass thru different villages, choir singing on the train, refreshment served, run thru 4 bridges, seeing different plantation and flowers, ride along the coast to see the black sand beach and others. It worths with your money and time.

Visited June 2014
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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“You MUST do the Scenic railway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

I'm not ashamed to say that I've done the scenic railway every time that I've been to St Kitts (4 times over 10 years). I've either been with friends or family members and since it is so easy to get to I've always taken the ride. The history behind the sugar railway is great, the customer service is excellent and the drinks are wonderful. The scenic view is also good although there are some areas that could use some cleaning up, but then again that is how you know that the ride is authentic.

I would recommend going on this trip to anyone who has kids because they get to experience an open train ride over some bridges that are really high and it is easy for older adults to enjoy also. I personally preferred the top open deck and I plan to take my son who is 15 months on our next visit, hopefully very soon.

If you are planning on renting a car or doing an island tour with a taxi by all means go ahead and do so, but this ride is nothing like the typical island tour because the tracks are separate from the main road so you get to see so much more.

Visited July 2013
8 Thank EnergyEvans
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Dillard, Georgia
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“Very nice excursion.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

We were in St. Kitts while on a cruise with Carnival Freedom. We decided to take the Scenic Railway and Catamaran tour. We were not disappointed. We were in the air-conditioned portion of the car but we saw everything just a well as the people on the top deck. Also we were served snacks and drinks. The whole trip for the rail and sea took about four hours. The train crew were all very nice. The guide was a bit difficult to hear because of the noise of the train. But we were able to pick up a lot of good information. I have read other reviews complaining about the noise but the train was used for hauling sugar cane it wasn't build for passengers. After we got off the train we had a short ride to the catamaran. It was a bit crowed, as there were not a lot of places to sit. This was made worse when we ran through a bunch of rain and everyone on deck came back inside. We were severed a sack lunch. It was a ham sandwich and chips. Wasn't bad. Of course there were unlimited drinks. They had plenty on board and did not run out. The sights from the sea were really nice, just wish we hadn't had so much rain so we could see more. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone going to St. Kitts. All the snacks and drinks were included in the price of the tour.

Visited June 2014
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Chatham, Virginia
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“Great Views, Information and a Peek at Island Life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

Ten of us were on a cruise and our group consisted of 3 teens and 7 adults from early 40's to early 70's. Wasn't sure if this would be enough action for the teens and guess what, they loved it. We all did. You saw how the folks on the island lived, the guide was highly informative, the views of the ocean coastline and mountains were spectacular, the ride relaxing, the complimentary rum drinks very good and they even sang to us. A highly enjoyable excursion.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Eddie H
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