You can spend hours exploring the various sights and attractions at Romney Manor, a 17th century estate that was once a slave-holding sugar plantation. Today, it has been given new life as one of the island’s most beloved local craft shops, Caribelle Batik, where you can watch women expertly applying a traditional Indonesian style of fabric treatment that uses wax and dye to create beautiful patterns. Surrounding the main building, you’ll find one of St. Kitts’ best botanical gardens—six acres of tropical flowers and a 350-year-old saman tree. Also at this site, you’ll find large lava rocks carved with ancient Carib petroglyphs—reputedly these are fertility rocks that help bestow parenthood on those who touch them.
Located in Old Road Town, Romney Manor is about 20-minutes’ drive from the capital of Basseterre, and it’s a regular stop on most island tours. The hand-dyed batik fabrics for sales are among the best, most original, souvenirs you can find on the island.