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    Natural beauty, warm ocean waters, sunny skies and white sand, quiet beaches are what visitors to the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis can expect.

    Both islands offer lush mountain rain forests, historic ruins, majestic, dormant volcanoes and a rich cultural heritage.

    Saint Kitts and Nevis have been an independent country since 1983. While the islands are part of the British Commonwealth and located close to each other, each has its own personality and character with Nevis being the quieter and more unspoiled of the two.

    Saint Kitts
    With its natural beauty, warm ocean waters, sunny skies and quiet white sand beaches, Saint Kitts is one of the most desirable destinations in the Caribbean.

    Saint Kitts is an island surrounded by intact dive sites, marked by substantial coral beds, filled with fish of every shape and color. On this island, visitors can hike or drive through the Valley of Giants, climb up to spend time in the cradle of Sofa Rock or zip line over the rainforest.

    Nevis
    Nevis is a haven of charm and serenity blessed by nature and overflowing with warmth and friendliness. One of the few remaining pristine places on earth, Nevis is a paradise for beachgoers and nature lovers.

    Rich in traditions and crafts that combine Afro-Caribbean and Amerindian cultures, Nevis is a living example of the past. From Lord Nelson’s lookout point, to centuries old churches to Alexander Hamilton’s childhood home, Nevis offers a wealth of cultural and historical possibilities.

    Geography
    The twin island country of Saint Kitts and Nevis is located in the Leeward Islands. Saint Kitts is the larger of the two islands with a land mass of 68 square miles. Nevis, the smaller of the two islands, is 36 square miles and located approximately 2 miles southeast of Saint Kitts.

    Culture and History
    Amerindians colonized Saint Kitts and Nevis thousands of years ago and the islands are peppered with many archeological sites and artifacts.

    Columbus was the first European to reach the islands and as such, was the one who names them - Saint Kitts (Saint Christopher) and Nevis. The islands were settled by the British in the 1600s.

    Sugar cane was cultivated with much success in the fertile volcanic soil of the two islands. Because of the enormous financial importance of the international sugar trade, Saint Kitts and Nevis were a very important part of the British colonial holdings in the Caribbean.

    The People
    Pride in each other and in their islands is what the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis have in common. Citizens of the islands live in a state of gratefulness for the abundance of natural treasures their islands provide. The common goal is to preserve the beauty of the land and each citizen can apply for a piece of that land and a home for their family.

    Diving and Fishing
    Saint Kitts and Nevis offer exceptional fishing and world-class diving for beginners and more advanced divers. The spectacular reefs, wrecks, caves and walls provide an exceptional underwater exploration site for both diving and fishing enthusiasts. Well-established charters and excursions companies are available through most accommodations providers and at various locations around the islands. Needed equipment can be rented at various dive shops.

    Useful Links
    Visit the website of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority or the Nevis Tourism Authority for more information about these Caribbean destinations.

    Note: Information provided on this page were derived from a combination of internal research and readily-available outside sources, such as destination tourism offices, official press releases and marketing media kits.

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    Fast Facts
    Capital: Basseterre

    Language: The official language is English.

    Population: Saint Kitts - 31,880, Nevis – 12,100

    Currency: The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD). U.S. currency is accepted by most stores and businesses and change is given in XCD. U.S. coins are not typically accepted.

    Exchange Rate: $1.00 USD = 2.70 XCD (approximate)

    Location: Eastern Caribbean, Leeward Islands

    Motto: "Country Above Self"

    Anthem: "O Land of Beauty!"

    Royal Anthem: “God Save the Queen”

    Climate: The climate on Saint Kitts and Nevis is tropical and tempered by continuous sea breezes. There are very little seasonal temperature variations except for May to October when the islands see seasonal rain.

    Saint Kitts and Nevis enjoy warm temperatures that average 75.2 – 80.6 °F with low humidity of around 71%.

    Cuisine: Saint Kitts and Nevis offer a wide variety of dining options ranging from casual Caribbean beach fare to upscale, award-winning dining. While fresh seafood is popular, Continental food is easily accessible.

    Size: Saint Kitts is the larger of the two islands with a land mass of 68 square miles. Nevis, the smaller of the two islands, is 36 square miles and located approximately 2 miles southeast of Saint Kitts.

     

    Electricity: Electrical service is usually 110V in hotels and 220V is common on the rest of the islands.

    Water: The water is potable and apt for drinking. Bottled water is also widely available.

    Driving: Driving is on the left side of the road. A driver’s permit is required prior to travelers being allowed to drive in Saint Kitts and Nevis, even if they have an international driver’s license. The driver’s permit costs 62.50 XCD (U.S. $24) for three months or 125.00 XCD (U.S. $45) for one year. Driver’s permits are available from the Traffic Department or facilitated through the car rental agency.

    Car Rentals: Rentals are available in various car types by the major car rental agencies and some local affiliates.

    Dress Code: Lightweight summer clothes are appropriate all year. Dress is typically casual but within the towns, proper shoes and attire is recommended. Nudity is not permitted at any beach.

    Pets: Saint Kitts and Nevis are pet-friendly destinations. The destinations have set some guidelines to help ensure your cat and dog travel goes smoothly. Please click here to download the Saint Kitts form that must be completed in compliance with the necessary guidelines. Please click here to download the Nevis form.

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    By Air
    Saint Kitts and Nevis are easily reached from Canada, the United States and Europe. A wide range of international scheduled airlines and charter carriers serve the island regularly. Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, British Airways, United Airlines and US Airways are the major carriers serving Saint Kitts and Nevis. Liat and Cape Air are the regional, intra-island carriers serving the two islands.

    Saint Kitts Airport
    Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw (RLB) International Airport is the official name of the airport on Saint Kitts. RLB International Airport can accommodate cargo jets, private jets and various other types of aircraft.

    Taxis are available to greet flights at RLB International Airport. The taxis operate on fixed rates which are in EC dollars and clearly posted at the airport. On Saint Kitts, fare from the RLB International Airport to the closest hotel in Basseterre is EC$18 and to the farthest point, EC$72.

    Nevis Airport
    Vance W. Amory International Airport is the name of the Nevis airport. For the United States, Canada and Europe, there are four main gateways to Nevis. From the United States and Canada, the most common route is through San Juan, Puerto Rico. Other connection points include Antigua, Saint Maarten and Saint Kitts.

    Travel Documents and Entry/Departure Requirements
    Citizens of the United States and Canada must present proof of citizenship in the form of a passport in order to enter Saint Kitts and Nevis.

    Travelers might be asked to show proof of sufficient funds and of a return ticket. For Saint Kitts, there is a departure tax of 60 XCD (about U.S. $22) and for Nevis the departure tax is U.S. $20.50. Departure tax is payable in cash or by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) at the airport.

    Ferry
    The ferry ride between Saint Kitts and Nevis takes approximately 45 minutes. There are six ferries operating between the islands: MV Caribe Queen; MV Carib Breeze; MV Carib Surf; MV Mark Twain; MV Sea Hustler and the Sea Bridge. These ferries work together to offer service between Basseterre and Charlestown.

    The one-way fares are as follows: Adults: 25.00 XCD inclusive of $1 XCD tax (U.S. $8.00). Children under 12 years old: 15.00 XCD (U.S. $4.00).

    St. Kitts-Nevis Ferry Schedules can be found here.

    Cruising
    Saint Kitts features two deep water ports located on the Basseterre Harbour. The Birdrock Port, located on the eastern side of the Basseterre Harbour, is used primarily for freight ships but handles overflow cruise ships that Porte Zante cannot handle. Port Zante is the newer of the two ports and is located in in the center of Basseterre Harbour. Port Zante can accommodate the largest ocean liners in the world. Port Zante also offers a marina for yachts and other small crafts.

    Useful Links
    Click here for an Overview of St. Kitts and Nevis. Go to the St. Kitts and Nevis tourism page for information on Events and Things to Do in St. Kitts and Nevis. Visit the website of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority or the Nevis Tourism Authority for more information about these Caribbean destinations.

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