We arrived to the beautiful, brightly colored building mid-morning.
|We were advised that we should allow for a minimum of 30 minutes for "an enjoyable, memorable experience."|
|The grounds were very nicely done.|
In case you don't know, Batik is a method of dying patterns onto fabric using layers of wax to create the pattern. It originated on the Indonesian island of Java.
Many examples are on display inside.
After shopping around a bit, we went outside, where there is a small refreshment area serving snacks and drinks, and an old bell tower you can walk up to.
A sign below explains its history:
After this, we looped back to explore Wingfield Estate, a former rum distillery. Note that it would have made more sense to do this first. So if you're visiting, that's what I'd recommend :-)
The old buildings have been beautifully restored, and there are lots of signs explaining the heritage and history.
We even saw a nice butterfly :)
And many interesting buildings:
We definitely recommend that you take a morning or afternoon and visit!
How to get there:
- From Frigate Bay, head northwest to Basseterre and take the bypass highway
- From Basseterre, head west towards Ross Veterinary University
- From Ross University, drive west about 15 minutes
- The road will follow along the ocean for a while, then turn right just past Sprat Net restaurant/bar
- Not long after that, on the right, you'll see a sign for Caribelle Batik and Sky Safari
- Head up the road to the top, and park to the left of Wingfield Estate first
- Once you've seen Wingfield Estate, get back in your car and follow the signs to Caribelle Batik