St.Kitts Tour Or Taxi????

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#1
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I will be in St. Kitts this March on the Carnival Victory. I want to go to Romney Manor for 1 to 2 hours and then on to Timothy Hill for a quick picture stop. Then stay for the rest of the day at Cockleshell beach. Can this be done just using taxis? I should explain that my cell phone will not work on St. Kitts. Are taxis easy enough to get? I've looked at many tours that sound great but seems that you must be hurried through the numerous stops and then returned to port 3 hours before your ship departs. I'd like to see some local culture then relax and use my WHOLE day in St.Kitts. Any input would be appreciated.
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Joined Apr 2001
Originally posted by werdapaul
I will be in St. Kitts this March on the Carnival Victory. I want to go to Romney Manor for 1 to 2 hours and then on to Timothy Hill for a quick picture stop. Then stay for the rest of the day at Cockleshell beach. Can this be done just using taxis? I should explain that my cell phone will not work on St. Kitts. Are taxis easy enough to get? I've looked at many tours that sound great but seems that you must be hurried through the numerous stops and then returned to port 3 hours before your ship departs. I'd like to see some local culture then relax and use my WHOLE day in St.Kitts. Any input would be appreciated.
I'd highly recommend the Thenford Grey tour - you can find him on the net. My family toured with him on Dec. 27. He was very knowledgeable and proud of his homeland. We learned alot about the island, its history, and the culture there. We went to Romney Manor, Brimstone Hill fortress (it really is pretty fabulous), Timothy Hill, and then on to the beach. I'm sure he'd work with you if you really wanted to skip the fort to get more beach time. We've had tour guides elsewhere and he was one of the best we've had--in fact my wife and I are thinking about going back to St. Kitts next year for our 20th anniversary and if we do, I guarantee you we'll meet up again with Thenford. Hope that helps.
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Originally posted by werdapaul
I will be in St. Kitts this March on the Carnival Victory. I want to go to Romney Manor for 1 to 2 hours and then on to Timothy Hill for a quick picture stop. Then stay for the rest of the day at Cockleshell beach. Can this be done just using taxis? I should explain that my cell phone will not work on St. Kitts. Are taxis easy enough to get? I've looked at many tours that sound great but seems that you must be hurried through the numerous stops and then returned to port 3 hours before your ship departs. I'd like to see some local culture then relax and use my WHOLE day in St.Kitts. Any input would be appreciated.

I would reccomend Captain Sunshine who will do whatever you want and at a great price. He is so easy going and he is on the net. Check out my review further down this page.
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We used http://roseandjimstaxi.com/aboutstkitts.htm when we went in Oct and had a great time at a very reasonable rate. I have lots of pictures in my review below, we stopped at the places you mentioned
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Another vote for Rose and Jim's taxi. We used them the 1st week in December and had a great time.

They will customize it to whatever you want.
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We'd intended to just grab a cab to see the highlights, but when I checked taxi fares, I was shocked. It seemed better to do a tour than spend all that money for a cab ride. We booked with Rose and Jim as well. We go in about 7 weeks.
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We'd intended to just grab a cab to see the highlights, but when I checked taxi fares, I was shocked. It seemed better to do a tour than spend all that money for a cab ride. We booked with Rose and Jim as well. We go in about 7 weeks.
So did you check cab fares from one place to another, or for hiring a cab for the day? The reason I ask is because we are planning to just find a cab when we get off the ship and hire the driver for a few hours to tour around. I read that they are readily available.

Does this not make sense? Would love details and more information. Thanks!
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There is really no difference between the two. A cab fare will be from point to point with no stops, whereas a tour would include mutiple stops at various locations around the island. Cab fares are set by the govt & tour prices can sometimes be negotiated depending on the size of the group. Most of the operators have large vans with a passenger capacity of about 10-12 people.
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There is really no difference between the two. A cab fare will be from point to point with no stops, whereas a tour would include mutiple stops at various locations around the island. Cab fares are set by the govt & tour prices can sometimes be negotiated depending on the size of the group. Most of the operators have large vans with a passenger capacity of about 10-12 people.
Thanks! So are there no small cabs available at the port? Don't want a large group tour or cab ride. If they are not available at the port are there any companies to book private tours with that you recommend?
#11
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Originally posted by sie625
They will customize it to whatever you want.
Just like every taxi driver on every Eastern Caribbean island.

Things aren't nearly as rigid as they are, where you come from.

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There are small cabs but you may have to walk into Basseterre. There is a cab stand at the Circus.
Isn't this right near where the ships dock? Thanks!
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I would HIGHLY recommend Royston. He is extremely accomodating about what YOU want to do and he is yours for the day. He provides a snack for lunch and cool drinks and will pay your admission to Brimstone Hill. He can make your day however YOU want it - relaxed sightseeing and/or activities (snorkeling, hiking, whatever).

When we went with him last week. We did Brimstone Hill and Caribelle batik and then we went snorkeling - a great day.
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Originally posted by printingchick
We'd intended to just grab a cab to see the highlights, but when I checked taxi fares, I was shocked. It seemed better to do a tour than spend all that money for a cab ride. We booked with Rose and Jim as well. We go in about 7 weeks.
I am sure you will have a great time, we loved Jim and found him very accomodating
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#16
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We just did the whole day in mid January.

My wife and I spent the day with Royston tours in id January.

He is OUTSTANDING!!!

He was born on the Island and knows it like the back of his hand. He also knows the history and the future (projects) of the island.

Great listener, great driver, a walking St Kitts reference guide, flexible, and care about his customers.

I would not hesitate to give him a 100% endorsement of his services.

He can be reached at [email protected]
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We used Thenford Grey for a similar tour last week and he did a great job for us.
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#18
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We just returned from a cruise to St. Kitts. St. Kitts is a beautiful island. You will want to see as much of it as you can.

Rose was our tour guide. It was one of the best days of our cruise. Her van is very comfortable and she was very accommodating and great to meet. She totally designed the tour around our wishes, let us stop for pictures wherever we wanted, picked other gorgeous spots for photo ops, and let us spend extra time at the beach because we weren't interested in shopping. Her van is very comfortable and she was very accommodating. I'd go with her again in a minute.
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Rose is wonderful. She will tailor your day to whatever you want. Wonderful excursion that ended with a great time at cockleshell beach and Reggae bar.

I would love to go with Rose again. We were in a bit of a rush to get to the beach so we skipped the Fort. That was probably a mistake and next time we will stop there.
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We had initially planned to book with Rose & Jim but they wanted a minimum number of passengers to do the tour. We waited as long as we could for them to get their numbers and finally went with Thenford Grey who we were most happy with. Thenford told me that he will do a tour with as few as 2 persons....he loses money on it but he feels it is part of building his business.
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