In 2015, the Caribbean welcomed approximately 28.7 million stay-over visitors. As far as choosing the best tourist destinations in this region goes, St. Kitts Island and Barbados represent two of the most popular destinations. For one thing, these islands are quite similar in terms of size and popularity. Representing each of the island nations respectively are their capital cities, Basseterre and Bridgetown.
Between the two Caribbean capitals, there are a few reasons that compel tourists to visit Bridgetown instead. Here are the reasons why:
The Sandy Lane
The most popular luxury accommodation that draws rich people to visit Bridgetown is the Sandy Lane Resort. Replete with 112 guestrooms, 7 kiosks, 3 golf courses and a 47,000 square feet spa, Sandy Lane is pretty much a high-income vacationer's paradise. This resort draws huge celebrities like the TV goddess Oprah and Queen Elizabeth II of UK herself.
Food = Bajan
Another reason for travelers to visit Bridgetown is the Bajan cuisine. It incorporates the best combination of African, Indian, and British heritage. In Bridgetown (as well as the rest of Barbados), bistros and 'rum shacks' serve the best flying fish and punch in the Caribbean.
Lively Nightlife Scene
If there is any other reason to visit Bridgetown, it is for their lively nightlife atmosphere. Among its top 5 best saloons include The Tiki Bar, Mojo's, Harbor Lights, Bert's Bar, and the renowned Blackwood's Screw Dock.
While Barbados exerts its own popularity, there are other tourists who would instead visit Basseterre. Here are the reasons why:
For one thing, US citizens would visit Basseterre among other Caribbean cities because it has an advantage of using their currency. American dollars are common in most commercial transactions that there is no dire need for an exchange to get around.
One-day Quiet Road Trip
Curiously, one can cover the northern and southern edges of St. Kitts in a single day. The outskirts of the island nation are a stretch of gently rolling verdant hills paved by a single (and oftentimes quiet) highway.
Easy On Foot
Considering the sheer small size of St. Kitts, the capital city of Basseterre only encapsulates 2.5 square miles of the territory. This city only has four main streets, each one intersecting at the fringes of the urban hub.