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Basseterre is the capital and largest city in Saint Kitts and Nevis with a total population of about 17,000. It is located in the south of the island of Saint Kitts and is the administrative, cultural and economic centre of the island nation. It is one of the oldest towns in the Caribbean, founded in 1627 by the French, and today functions as an important port town within the region as well, with many cruiseships, other passenger ships and cargo ships all docking in Basseterre. Despite the fact that it has been destroyed by both human and natural influences, there are still many historical and colonial buildings left to admire and the town, although small, has good facilities for tourists.
Basseterre has a warm and humid tropical climate with temperatures usually around 30 °C during the day and around 23 °C at night. June to September is slightly warmer with temperatures above 30 °C at daytime and not dropping below 26 °C on average at night. Rainfall is spread throughout the year and possible in every month but July to November is the wetter time of year while February to May is somewhat drier.
Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) near Basseterre receives a growing number of international flights. Winair (Windward Islands Airways) flies there from Nevis and Saint Martin while Leeward Islands Air Transport flies to and from Antigua and Barbuda. Other destinations include Miami, New York, London and seasonal flights to Toronto.
There are 5 bus routes to/from Basseterre. They are:
There are crossings, taking about 45 minutes between Basseterre and Charlestown, the 'capital' of Nevis.
Six ferries operate on this route: the MV Caribe Queen, MV Carib Breeze and MV Carib Surf, the MV Mark Twain, the MV Geronimo and the MV Sea Hustler. The MV Mark Twain is currently inactive, but the other 5 vessels have a total of 15 sailings a day between both towns in either direction, between 6.30am (first sailing from Basseterre) to 7pm (last sailing from Basseterre). From Charlestown on Nevis, the first one leaves at 7am and the last at 6 pm.
Basseterre is a rather spread out town, but most of the action takes places in or near the centre, just north of the cruise terminal. Most of the sights are within a 5-10 minute walking range.
Although many people stay at one of the beach resorts east and north of the city, there are some nice options in Basseterre itself.
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Palms Hotel - at the Circus, the central square of Basseterre
Ocean Terrace Inn - the fanciest in town, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, and with all amenities you need, including a pool
See also International Telephone Calls
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