Saint Peter Basseterre (a prime area) is characterized by rugged, forest-covered hills and mountains along its northwest section and interior, converging at Olivee’s Mountain. Southeast of this mountain is Monkey Hill, for which the parish’s capital is named.
Along the coast, the parish is an uninterrupted 6-mile strip of sand with offshore reef formations that encompasses Saint Mary Cayon, Saint Peter Basseterre and Saint George Basseterre. Nesting grounds of leatherback turtles can be found on the coast. The most popular beaches in the area are Barker’s Point and Conaree Beach.
Saint Peter Basseterre is highly industrial. The main company in the region is Canada Estate which manages the quarrying on the island. A number of subsidiary industries that manufacture ready-mixed concrete and blocks and trucking and heavy equipment services also operate.
Although tourism is not a major industry in the region, Saint Peter Basseterre has some interesting sites. Two of the island’s best sporting facilities for cricket and football are located here. Historical attractions include the White House Inn and the ruins of the Chateau de Montagne at La Fontaine, which was once the elegant home of St Kitts’ famous former French governor, Philippe de Longvilliers de Poincy.
There is only one community festival in the parish. Celebrated in October, St Peter’s Fest features calypso and queen shows, parties, street jams and late-night limes (or get-togethers with friends).
The Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport is in Saint Peter Basseterre.
Monkey Hill is the capital of Saint Peter Basseterre parish in the southeastern portion of St Kitts. It takes the name of the 1,000-foot-high mountain (not a hill as its name suggests) on which base it is situated.
The town is divided into Upper Monkey Hill and Lower Monkey Hill.
Conaree Bay is a narrow strip of black sand beach met by brisk waves on the eastern Atlantic coast of St Kitts. Although not a secluded beach, it welcomes just a few visitors, which leaves it peaceful and quiet most of the time. However, there have been reported incidents of robbery on the beach.