Sunday, January 13, 2013

Biking Around Southern St. Kitts - Christmas Eve

St. Kitts
December 24

On Christmas Eve, we took our bikes ashore to the marina dock at Christophe Harbor which is currently being developed within Ballast Bay. Christophe Harbor is slated to be one of the luxurious hot spots for mega-yachts in the Caribbean. Construction has been underway for a few years, and will include a 300-berth marina for yachts ranging from 100 to 500 ft in length, a 18-hole Tom Fazio golf course, and a beachfront village with condos, villas, huge houses, and the Beach Pavilion pool / restaurant area. Gene and I managed to get approval from the security team to ride around the village on our bikes and check out the properties, most of which are undeveloped lots for sale, but also a number of gorgeous beachfront houses and the Beach Pavilion. After exploring the Christohpe Harbor area, we rode our bikes to the southern coast of St. Kitts to Cockleshell Bay which is home to a few beach bars. We walked up and down the beach stopping for drinks in Spice Mill and Reggae Beach bars. Reggae Beach is the most lively of the beach bars and seems to attract a lot of business from the incoming cruise ships or the guests of the Marriott. They also are famous for their Friday night bonfire and dinner buffet which we had the pleasure of experiencing later in the week. We saw a bunch of monkeys running along the road during our bike ride – Gene was very tempted to take one back to the boat as our pet. After our bike ride, we returned to the boat for snorkeling and sunset drinks, and eventually cooked dinner. Later in the evening, we took the dingy to shore for a little Christmas Even beach fire (very little fire by Gene's standards since we're probably not allowed to build massive beach fires in St. Kitts!).

View of Christophe Harbor Development

Monkey on the southern end of St. Kitts

 Old Sugar Mill Ruins

Christmas Eve Beach Fire

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