The Caribbean is a paradise destination where you will find many intriguing and gorgeous attractions to visit. Besides the beautiful beaches and other sites, there are some historical places you cannot miss on your next trip, so you can be sure to get a taste of the culture in the area. Need help figuring out where to start on your upcoming vacation? Here are five locations where you can learn about the history of the Caribbean, as well as get stunning photos for your vacation album!
1. Devon House– Jamaica
Regarded as one of the most well-known and celebrated historic landmarks in Kingston, Jamaica, the Devon House mansion is a blend of Jamaican and Georgian architecture that was dreamt up by Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Steibel. Not only is the outside view so breathtaking, but the interior of the mansion is stocked up with English, French, and Jamaican antiques that you can admire up close upon entering the estate. You will be sure to travel back in time to a rich and luxurious era from the past with this historical attraction. You can tour the Devon House, dine in the courtyard, and walk through the shops surrounding the property.
2. Brimstone Hill– St. Kitts
The Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is known as one of the most preserved historical fortifications in the Americas, and it is located on the island of St. Kitts in the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean. This breathtaking fortress took over a century to build, with construction starting in 1690 and continuing with stops along the way for 100 years. You can hold large events here, from conferences to weddings. Tour this historically significant fortress and have the opportunity to admire a beautiful landscape. Photos do not do this breathtaking location justice, so be sure to pay the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park a visit when you are traveling through the island of St. Kitts!
3. The Tower Estate– Grenada
Have you ever wanted to enjoy a delicious cup of tea in a luxurious estate? Well, your wishe may just come true if you find yourself traveling through Grenada! You can enjoy rich satisfying tea so in the Tower Estate located in the St. Paul’s community in the parish of St. George’s, Grenada. Enjoy historical house tours, garden tours, organic farm tours, Sunday brunch, and even a beautiful cup of tea in this breathtaking location. If you love to walk among plants and nature, this estate covers over five acres of land and is filled with a large multitude of fruit, wood, and spice trees. This is definitely a location to check out for a beautiful photo-op among the interioris and exteriors of the house, and to enjoy your choice from a multitude of tasty teas!
4. Nelson’s Dockyard– Antigua
Known as Antigua’s original British maritime hub, Nelson’s Dockyard is the place to visit to walk among eighteenth and nineteenth-century buildings that now house shops, restaurants, hotels, and much more. Visit the boats in the dockyard, the harbour, other historic sites in the area that tell a rich history of the English and French colonialism that took place, and even The Dockyard Museum, which is housed in the building that used to be the former Admiral’s residence. If you are ever in the area of Antigua, Nelson’s Dockyard is a beautiful seaside haven you won’t want to miss the chance to explore!
5. Old Danish Customs House– St. Croix USVI
If the attention-grabbing bright golden coloring isn’t enough to get your attention, the Old Danish Customs House located in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands is a historic site you won’t want to miss. Built sometime between 1840 and 1842, this Customs House is located between the wharf, Scale House, and Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse. This house was where merchants passing through the Christiansted waterfront would stop to pay taxes. The Old Danish Customs House even housed the first public library in the US Virgin Islands from 1926 to 1972. The house now is the headquarters of the National Park Service, but many tourists enjoy stopping by to see this house which is part of the Christiansted National Historic Site.
Traveling through the Caribbean can expose you to a series of beautiful and historical locations that are significant to the culture. Whether you find yourself in St. Kitts, Antigua, Grenada, and other parts of the Caribbean, you can be sure you will never be far from an exploration adventure that will be highly rewarding! So lather on some sunscreen, grab something to drink (unless you are already thinking of having some tea in Grenada), and set out to explore the rich locations, such as those listed above! Which tourist attraction will you go to first?