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4X4 Sugar Plantation Tour

Go “off the beaten path” while exploring our island from “coast to coast”, travelling through lushly forested mountains, in one of our specially modified 4X4 Land Rovers for an intriguing look at a 300 year legacy of sugar cane cultivation on St. Kitts.
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After collecting you from your point of departure we would start our tour by driving you into the foothills of the Basseterre Valley. At the base of Monkey Hill, our first stop will be an old sugar plantation Great House at Shadwell Estate.  Built in the mid 18th. Century, when a ton of sugar fetched more than $3000 US Dollars, this beautiful planters home operated as the nerve center of a vast sugar cane estate. Built on a rise, so
As to dominate the views seen all around and to catch the cooling effects of the constantly blowing Trade Winds, this impressive structure constructed of wood on hand cut stone, will be yours to enjoy.   Here insightful information wil be learned into the history of the Sugar Cane Industry on St. Kitts. From here we then continue towards the mountainous interior and a private mountain top property that overlooks the island from 1100 feet above sea level. Driving through three villages, made up of both the old and new styled houses, on the way to the mountain top property, you will enjoy an intriguing look at the country life of our island home.   Arriving at
This five acre, privately owned property, you will enjoy unforgettable panoramic views down over the rain forested canopy around you and as well a view of the quilted coastline below, both the Atlantic and Caribbean sides of St. Kitts.   Enjoy a delicious Kittitian Picnic, of exotic fruits in season, coconut pastries, fruit juices and island rum in the cool shade of a giant Flamboyant Tree. 4x4_img4
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While driving through the luxuriant Rainforests of our interior mountains, you may catch glimpses of our Green Monkeys, three different types of “jewel like” hummingbirds, weasel looking brown mongoose and much more of our islands’ wildlife. Following our stop at Bayfords and drive through the beautiful rainforests of our interior we eventually arrive at our next stop, the ancient ruins of an old Wind Mill
at Whytes Estate.   Inside of this thick, conical tower of hand cut stone, the base of an old colonial windmill and the power source for crushing sugar cane stalks in days of old, a detailed explanation into the production of sugar will be given.Then your tour would continue to the beautiful, St. Mary’s Anglican Church, in the nearby town of Cayon.  This historic cut stone church, built over 200 years ago, and situated on a bluff overlooking the town, is where the Vicar was once the famous Slave Abolitionist, James Ramsey.   His life as a slave abolitionist on St. Kitts inspired Rev. John Newton to write the famous gospel song “Amazing Grace”.
4x4_img24x4_img5 This would be the last stop after completing our journey through the mountains of St. Kitts.Next, our journey continues back along the Atlantic coast road to Basseterre, allowing your tour to have completed a giant loop of our island home by initially following a mostly off-road track, that would have gone up through the lushly forested mountainous interior, then for you to return to your starting point, from along the opposite side of St. Kitts. Come and experience this unforgettable look at the days of “King Sugar”, off the beaten path!

 

Cost: US$65.00 each and children 12 and younger would be for US$50.00 each.

Duration: 4  hours

Included: Exotic Island Picnic with local rum, all entrance fees and taxes, modified 4 x 4 Land Rover with a Professional Guide and return transportation from the Port Zante cruise ship dock and Basseterre area as well as the Frigate Bay area.

Fitness Level: 4X4 drive, no hiking involved.

Minimum Persons Required: 4

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