All Aboard the "Sugar Train:" Plantations and Villages of Old St. Kitts
Buses are 20-seater air-conditioned coasters with a driver/ guide. The train has 5 double-decked railcars with a seating capacity of 40 guests each. The train's upper deck has a panoramic open sides, a safari styled canvas canopy, and wrap around bench seating. The lower deck is fully air-conditioned with large vaulted windows and Caribbean styled tables and chairs. Bathroom is located on the lower deck. Each railcar has a bar with a waitress serving complimentary beverages. There is one tour guide for the entire train located on the first railcar and using a speaker system to communicate with the other railcars. There is no reserved seating; seating is first-come, first-served. Tour sequence may vary. All passengers have a seat on each level.
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For those who owned the sugar plantations, life on St. Kitts was island-idyllic: handsome mansions surrounded by waves of sugar cane, swaying palms, lush rainforests, jagged mountainscapes. (For those who toiled in the fields, of course, life was less idyllic.)
The government shut down its sugar industry in 2005, leaving the last railway in the West Indies as a reminder of the sweet side of life on St. Kitts. Today, the "sugar train" is a wonderful way to experience the jaw-dropping natural beauty of this island paradise. It recreates the pleasant side of plantation life, with six-foot vaulted windows, cushioned rattan chairs, inlaid tables, a bar, and paintings by local artists on the walls. Upstairs, an open deck affords 360-degree views of historic villages, fields of sugar cane, deep canyons, lush rainforest, and the volcanic cone of Mt. Liamuiga. Now that’s what we call a sugar rush!
Domesticated 10,000 years ago in New Guinea, sugar gradually spread to Asia, India, and Persia. As demand skyrocketed, the race was on for suitable lands – Columbus planted cane in Hispaniola, and soon there were slave plantations throughout the Caribbean. Sugar addiction fueled a worldwide trade worth billions, although, considering the health risks of excessive consumption and the legacy of slavery, it's been a decidedly mixed blessing.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.