St. Kitts Scenic Railway Tour – “We limin”

#We Limin – The unofficial tourist tag line of St. Kitts and Nevis, meaning “we’re hanging out” or “we’re socializing”

We “limed” on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway Tour

St. Kitts and Nevis is federation of two islands situated in the north eastern Caribbean.

The St. Kitts Scenic Railway Tour takes passengers on a 3-hour tour that makes a 30-mile circle around the beautiful Eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts, with 18 miles by narrow gauge train and 12 miles on sightseeing buses.

Built between 1912 and 1926 to transport sugar cane from the island’s sugar plantations to the sugar factory in the capital city of Basseterre, today the “Last Railway in the West Indies” provides visitors an unsurpassed opportunity to experience the scenery and culture of this unspoiled country.

There are five rail cars. The lower level carriages are air conditioned but the upper decks have open sides.

The morning of our Tour, we hopped on the upper deck of carriage 4. The top deck offers the best views.

Be careful if you suffer from vertigo as the train, rocks, sways and creaks as it passes through the narrow gorges and above bridges. Taking photos was a bit challenging.

Along the way clouds developed. We received a few rain showers and had to seek refuge on the lower deck.

The train journey which passes through many villages, takes you along the northeastern coast with view of the Atlantic to the right and Liamuiga (St. Kitts’ highest peak) to the left.

The name Liamuiga is derived from the Kalinago name for the entire island of St. Kitts, which means, “fertile land”.

I also learnt a new word “Ghut” – ravine.

The neighboring island of Saba can also be seen.

Many abandoned plantations are scattered throughout the island. The sugar industry shut down in 2004. The island’s main economy now is tourism.

Cocktails are served complimentary and the passengers are invited to try sugar cake. Entertainment is provided by a local group singing a capella.

The history of sugar cane, the plantation owners and the enslaved are Africans mainly from Guinea Bissau were narrated live throughout the carriages.

Whilst I didn’t regret doing this Tour as an independent “passenger”, overall I found it too expensive and catered mainly to “onshore excursioners” in terms of “story-telling, and entertainment. Nothing was spontaneous.

Have you ever been to St. Kitts and Nevis?

7 Replies to “St. Kitts Scenic Railway Tour – “We limin””

  1. Wow! You’ve given me Caribbean fever. I’d love to come back home to explore the region. I didn’t know they had train excursions. Seems like a great way to travel! Was that a volcano that I saw in one of your photos? Or was it just a mountain? Either way the trip looked absolutely scenic 😍 BTW what do you mean exactly the ride was for onshore excursioners? Locals? Was it in dialect?

    Love your blog posts like usual 😊 Very informative and inspiring

    ❤ Toni

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    1. Thank you Toni-Ann the first half of this year I am trying to focus on Caribbean travel. Yes Mount Liamuiga is a volcano. The people on tour the day I went and I suspect would be the case each day it runs were from the cruise ships. They arrived by the tour buses, occupied the carriages based on the buses they were on. Everything ran like clock work as when you have a “go there, do that, see that, spend no more time than” that type of tour. It was not in dialect that would have added a nice touch.


  2. Yep. Visited six years ago and had a blast. We spent most of our time on the beach. Dare I say that Kittian jerk is better than Jamaican jerk! Didn’t know they had a train tour.

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