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Welcome to Saint Kitts & Nevis

Saint Kitts & Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis
Continent: The Americas 
Capital: Basseterre
Population: 54,961 (2015 estimate)
Dialing Code: +1 869
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Time zone: (UTC-4)
Language: English

 

 

 

Saints Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.  It is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas in both area and population. The country is a common wealth realm with the British monarch (Elizabeth II) as its head of state.


St. Kitts the larger of the two islands is home to the dormant Mount Liamuiga volcano, Crater Lake, green vervet monkeys and rainforest with numerous hiking trails. The circular shaped Nevis is surrounded by coral reefs and the island is almost entirely a single mountain.


The island was not colonized until the British arrived in 1623 using its strategic location to fuel its sugar trade. The trade activities led to the development that was among the best in the Caribbean.
Saint Kitts and Nevis were among the first islands in the Caribbean to be settled by Europeans. Saint Kitts was home to the first British and French colonies in the Caribbean, and thus has also been titled "The Mother Colony of the West Indies.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Intoxicating with its natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters and white sandy beaches, St. Kitts is one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. Despite the enormous mountain on it, how this island has managed to remain relatively under the tourism radar is a wonder. It is also a laidback capital rich in historical monuments, vibrant markets and beach life.


The remnants of the old sugar trade have paved the way for bijous hotel and restaurants. The islands narrow-guage railway is a popular attraction and Brimstone hill is one of the most preserved citadels in the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Check out the sub-aquatic sights. Scuba divers and snorkelers will find plenty of interesting sights. Visitors can also hike Mount Liamuiga. This extinct volcano stands at 1, 156m(3, 792ft) and is covered with farmlands and rainforest.


Fly through the sky in high adrenaline ziplines or grab a bike and explore Nevis. Four thousand years of human history are detailed in the museum of Nevis History in Charlestown.

Business

Agriculture, Tourism and light manufacturing form the backbone of the economy on this twin island federation. Sugar was formerly the primary export but the government has diversified into tourism and other agricultural endeavors.


St. Kitts and Nevis has become something of an offshore tax haven by offering exemptions from income, inheritance and capital gains tax. The nations also has a well established citizenship scheme to foreign investors.


The government welcomes investors willing to invest  in agriculture, tourism and electronics and data processing. Unemployment is among the lowest in the Caribbean.

Climate

The climate here is hot and tropical with temperate winds. The dry season occurs between January and April and there is increased rainfall in summer and towards the end of the year.


Light clothing is advised for visitors.

Communications

When dialing from a telephone in Saint Kitts and Nevis, telephone users should dial +1 +869 and the seven digit phone number. 

Customs

Visitors from all over the world are welcome to the islands. Marriages are valid after two days residence. Dress is informal at most hotels Nudity is not permitted on any beach. Most of the population is Anglican and other Christian denominations. The official language is English

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into St Kitts and Nevis by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos.
• 50 cigars.
• 250g of tobacco.
• 1.5L of wine or spirits.
• Goods to the value of EC$400 for residents who have been abroad for more than seven days.

Banned imports:
Prohibited and restricted imports include pornography, drugs, firearms, hazardous waste and ozone-depleting substances.

Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.

Getting Around

There is little or no traffic on the roads and more surprisingly for visitors there are no traffic lights. Good roads and car hire services are available. Bikes can also be hired.
If you’re interested in colorfully decorated privately owned vans on several bus routes on St. Kitts used by the locals, then you’re in for a treat. The St. kitts railway makes a 50km loop around the island.

Health

There are large hospitals in Basseterre and Charlestown and a smaller public hospital at sandy point. There are no private hospitals, but several doctors and dentists are in private practice. Payment upfront will often be required, therefore health insurance is advised. The water is chlorinated and safe but you can also get bottled water. Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended

Language

The Official language is English.

Money

The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD; symbol EC$) = 100 cents. Notes are available in denominations of EC$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. All major credit cards are widely accepted 

Passport Visa

Visitors need a passport valid for at least six months from departure date. Visas should also be valid for at least three months. Contact the embassy or high commission to check visa requirements for your country.

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