St. Kitts Scenic Railway

St. Kitts Scenic Railway,

The Caribbean island of St. Kitts is relatively small, about 5 miles wide and 18 miles long or only 68 square miles, but home to 35,000 friendly people. From near the airport just outside the capital and port city of Basseterre, we boarded the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, a narrow gauge passenger train, that was built to transport sugar cane. Although air conditioned seating was available, we chose to enjoy the open air atop one of the five specially designed passenger cars. We viewed secluded beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, abandoned sugar cane estates, and the interior mountains while enjoying complimentary beverages. After one rum punch, I switched to the delicious banana daiquiris. A three member choir serenaded each car as we tasted a sugar cake. When we passed through the colorful villages, children and adults with warm smiles waved. Our knowledgeable tour guide explained the history of this island which was occupied for many years on both ends by the French with the British entrenched in the middle. By 1783 the island was British, not becoming independent until 1983. This entertaining outing is a great way to experience this beautiful island. Our visit coincided with St. Kitts National Carnival, celebrated from Boxing Day to the day following New Year’s. As we walked the streets of Basseterre, we experienced the captivating sights of dancers dressed in vividly colored and bejeweled costumes, including elaborate feathered headdresses and masks, accompanied by the vibrant sounds of drums.