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Where In The Caribbean: Bridgetown Versus Basseterre

Travelers Today       By    FG Dullin

Updated: Feb 06, 2017 04:37 AM EST

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Prince Harry Visits The Caribbean - Day 11
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - DECEMBER 01: Rihanna and Prince Harry pose with volunteers at the 'Man Aware' event held by the Barbados National HIV/AIDS Commission on the eleventh day of an official visit on December 1, 2016 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Prince Harry's visit to The Caribbean marks the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana.
(Photo: Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)

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:

American-friendly Commerce

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.  


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