World at a Glance: Black Rocks and petroglyphs in St Kitts


There’s more to little St Kitts than great beaches and UNESCO listed military installations. This tiny Caribbean nation is also home to black rocks and rock carvings. OK, I hear you say. Rock carvings are interesting. But black rocks? I’m glad you asked.

At one of the spots where the wild Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean, these odd rocks by the shore are the result of flowing lava, now forever frozen in time. It’s a good place to stop for a while. Waves smash into the rocks with savage force; Mother Nature hosts quite a show here. ‘Don’t you mess with me,’ she says. ‘I’ll always win.’

The lava came from the strato volcano Mount Liamuiga, also known as Mount Misery. If you’re up for it, the climb up Misery takes about two hours and is rather steep, but the views are even more stunning. And back at the rocks, fresh coconuts are available. As is jewellery and various knick-knacks. Can’t be helped.

Oh, and in case you wondered…I haven’t forgotten the rock carvings. There are several around the island. As we have quite a few dotted about in Norway, too, we’re quite the savvy petroglyph hunters. The ones pictured here are near the entrance to Romney Manor, an old sugar plantation.


When you’ve lounged at the beach and explored the island’s capital, lively little Basseterre, and perhaps even taken the boat across to even smaller Nevis, it’s time for a road trip. Black Rocks, the petroglyphs and the fortress at Brimstone Hill are all good stops.

World at a Glance is a series of short articles here on Sophie’s World, with a single photo (well, two this time), portraying curious, evocative, happy, sad or wondrous, unexpected little encounters.

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  1. Gilla 9 April 2015 at 0513 - Reply

    And I always thought that it is where the rich kids went on Semester Break! Looks like a real beautiful place.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 27 May 2015 at 1941 - Reply

      It’s very beautiful. Didn’t see many rich kids… but could have been off season for them 🙂

  2. Muza-chan 9 April 2015 at 0731 - Reply


    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 27 May 2015 at 1941 - Reply


  3. Rahman @ Iran small Tours 12 April 2015 at 2149 - Reply

    Fresh coconuts after two hours of climbing at a steep pathway is very rewarding!! Anyway, the view must be worth it as you’ve explained it.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 27 May 2015 at 1942 - Reply

      Coconut juice and hiking = a great combination 🙂

  4. Mary {The World Is A Book} 15 April 2015 at 0832 - Reply

    Very cool! I never would have expected this from St Kitts. I don’t know much about St Kitts other than it being a cruise port stop in the Caribbean. So, this was an interesting read.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 27 May 2015 at 1942 - Reply

      Many of the Caribbean islands are so much more interesting after 5pm

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