Saint Kitts & Nevis

A tropical paradise, these islands remain un-crowded and unspoiled. If a quiet vacation in a luxurious and alluring corner of paradise is what you seek, you'll find it on Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Island Guide
Island guide
St Kitts closest neighbours include St Maarten and Antigua both only a twenty minute flight away. The twin islands of St Kitts and Nevis are located in the northern part of the Leeward Islands, 19 degrees north of the equator and separated by a channel two miles wide. St Kitts is 23 miles long, encompassing an area of 69 square miles. While development has been of the highest quality, it has fortunately remained in low quantity, so St. Kitts remains un-crowded and unspoiled.

St Kitts

For beaches and watersports, head south to Frigate Bay, where most of the hotel are located, or just beyond, to the Southeast Peninsula, where the island’s best white-sand coves ring the peninsula’s rolling hills and salt ponds. Watch for green vervet monkeys scampering across the road, dodging into bushes or looking for a handout at Turtle Beach.  At the center of St. Kitts stands the spectacular, cloud-fringed peak of Mount Liamuiga, a dormant volcano towering nearly 4,000 feet above sea level and covered by a dense tropical forest.

Getting to St Kitts
Options from the UK include a direct flight from London with British Airways twice a week, or more frequent flights to Antigua plus a 20 min Liat flight to St Kitts. As with most Caribbean flights you touch down, inbound or outbound but journey times are between 9 to 11 hrs depending.

Local airport Robert L Bradshaw International Airport is the official name and boasts all of the modern conveniences of any international airport of its size. A restaurant and bar is situated in the departures area and a number of retail and duty-free shops offer a varied selection of merchandise and souvenirs.

Frigate Bay

Sightseeing in St Kitts
You certainly will not be bored if you like to explore. Nature lovers will want to take advantage of the various tours through lava formations, tropical forest areas, and seaside lagoons. Visit Brimstone Hill, a massive fortress about ten miles from Basseterre and 800 feet above sea level covering 38 acres. With a commanding view of the Caribbean Sea on one side, and on the other, the National Park slopes majestically upwards.

Those looking for or more challenging treks can take a tour up to, and down into the volcano at the top of Mt. Liamuiga (pronounced Lee-a-mweega), 4,000 feet above sea level. Boating tours and scuba diving expeditions are also favorites activities. Enjoy a trip on the ferry service between St. Kitts (Basseterre) and Nevis (Charlestown) which takes about 45 minutes and provides beautiful views of both islands. Be sure to check the ferry schedules before departing St Kitts as there is a limited daily service.

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The St Kitts Scenic Railway National Tour is unique way to see the island in the comfort of either air-conditioned or open-air railcars. With spectacular ocean and mountain views the railway tour takes approx 4 hours and covers 30 miles. Complete with restrooms, refreshments and on-board car attendants to assist passengers.

Beaches and activities
Spectacular Mount Liamuiga, a dormant volcano located at the island's center, means St Kitts has a mix of black, white and golden sand beaches. The black sand beaches are found in the north of the island. Popular beaches in the south are Friar's Bay and Frigate Bay and have powder-fine golden sand, ideal for for swimming as well as surfing, kayaking, water skiing, wind surfing and jet skiing. Beaches on the Atlantic side are great for a brisk swim and some exhilarating body-surfing, but some are not so good for other watersports. Most watersports are on the gentler Caribbean side of St Kitts. Turtle Beach on the southeast peninsula offers pristine waters, soft sand, a restuarant and dive shop with views to Nevis, this is tropical beach life at it best. If you are lucky out on a boat, you might see the odd dolphin or pod of whales passing through especially in wintertime. White House Bay, a rocky beach in the southwest is excellent for snorkeling and opens onto reefs.

Explore St Kitts
St Kitts offers exceptional dive sites for the novice and experienced diver. These include a number of sunken vessels, virgin reefs and other submerged natural wonders. Sandy Point has been designated a National Marine Park and offers truly world-class diving. Two of the most popular mooring sites (no anchors drooped) are Paradise Reef, a beautiful site of large coral heads with swim through canyons sloping to about 90 feet and and Anchors Away where anchors have been encrusted with coral formations. St Kitts is famous around the world for excellent preservation of the ecosystems.

If you can tear yourself away from the beach or swimming pool, the island has lots to offer. There is quite alot to see whether its the natural splendour or the architectural wonders. Visitors have the privilege of play at the St. Kitts Royal Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course next to the Marriott Resort. Or how about trying your hand in the The Royal Beach Casino at the St Kitts Marriott Resort. The Marriott also has a fantastic fitness centre an full Spa facility if you feel like a pamper or a treatment.

Shopping
The Capital Basseterre architectural influence is a mix of Creole and traditional West Indian. Visit Liverpool Row, home to some wounderful fabric stores and the Saturday morning market held on the Bay Road offers local produce, crafts and gifts. Plantation homes have been transformed into grand, intimate inns. Quaint shopping areas and beautiful French and British Colonial architecture draw visitors to the tiny towns throughout the island. St Kitts is a duty-free island, with plenty of shops offering the usual array of perfumes, jewellery and spirits. Local crafts to buy include batik fabric and garments, wonderful pottery and basketry, handmade glass and carved wood and coconut shell.

ST KITTS FACT FILE
Capital
Basseterre

Population
32,000

Currency

Eastern Caribbean Dollar US$1=EC2.65 (rate varies) US bills are accepted by most stores and businesses and change is given in EC currency. US coins are not accepted.

Official Language
English

Status
Independent nation; Member of the British Commonwealth

Business

Banks Mon to Thurs 8am-2pm, Fri 8am-4pm, Sat 8.30am - 11am
Shops Mon to Fri 8.30am-4.00pm and Sat 8.30am-12noo. Credit cards widely accepted. Shops may stay open later if a cruise ship is in port.

Electricity

230 volt single phase supply. However a 117 volt supply is available in most hotels.

Time

-4 GMT - St Kitts time does not operate UK Daylight-Saving Time.

Local airport departure tax

Included in your UK flight ticket ie British Airways LGW to St kitts. Island flights the following amount to be paid on departure in Eastern Caribbean Dollars: EC$60 (US$22). Child 12 and under, half the amount.
Correct at time of publishing, subject to change by the authorities/government/airline.


St Kitts Wedding Information

Minimum stay

Two days residence before applying for a License and ceremony can be conducted 3 working days after arrival. Ceremonies are conducted Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays.

Minimum age

18 or over

Documents Required

  • Birth Certificate
  • Valid 10 year Passport.
  • Full names, addresses, occupations and religions
  • If you wish a Catholic priest to perform ceremony, letter from home priest stating couple is unmarried; If Anglican/Episcopal, or other minister of religion to perform ceremony, letter stating couple is known and unmarried.
  • If divorced, you need the Decree Absolute
  • If widowed, you need the Death Certificate of former spouse and previous Marriage Certificate.
  • If you name has been changed by Deed Poll, you need legal proof.
  • You must take originals (not copies) of all required documents with you on holiday.
  • Documents not in English must be translated and notarized
Special notes
Special Marriage Licence costs US$80 and is paid for locally.

Note local laws and customs

  • You should be aware that it is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing.
  • Further travel advice from www.fco.gov.uk
St Kitts resorts and hotels
Part of the charm of the island is that it doesn't really have resorts, more of a selection of wounderful beaches, some of which are home to a few hotels which provide their own entertainment. Most of the accommodation on St Kitts is located on the southeast peninsular, either side of the narrow spit of land (Frigate Bay and Friars Bay) which separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. You can easily walk from one side of the island to the other at this point of the island.

Explore St Kitts




The large St Kitts Marriott Resort and Casino is located at Frigate Bay on the Atlantic side, while the small and more intimate Tmonthy Beach Resort, is only a short distance away located on the Caribbean side.

Eating and drinking
Starightforward, fresh and delicious, food on St Kitts is a mix of traditional West Indian and Creole with hotels also serving modern international cuisine. Seafood is the best, especially lobster and crab. Chicken served with rice, spices and vegetables is a favourite. Rum punch, local beer and tropical fruit drinks will always cool you down.

Out and about
Driving in St. Kitts is on the left side and requires a drivers permit which should be included in a car hire charge. Driving standards are not as high as in the UK and you need to be tolerant of the more relaxed attitude to the rules of the road. Main roads are generally well maintained but many follow winding routes so drive carefully and be alert for stray livestock and speed bumps. Hiring scooters in Basseterre is popular amongst visitors but safety equipment is generally not included in the hire price: despite the additional cost this is highly recommended for your own protection.

Fixed route taxis and mini-bus are good and always available, your hotel can easily organise them. Taxi fares are best agreed at the beginning of any journey and clarify whether the rate quoted is in EC or US Dollars. Tipping taxi drivers is not customary, however there is a 50% surcharge between 10pm and 6am.

Weather in St Kitts
St. Kitts has a tropical climate tempered by the north-east trade winds which give a steady cool breeze for most of the year and and humidity is low at 71%. Rainfall is modest when compared with the rest of the region and showers can occur throughout the year. The rainy season is from May to October when temperatures are a little hotter. The volume of rain varies according to altitude and there are slightly wetter conditions in the hills. Average temperature ranges are from 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) to 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit) year round.

Hurricane season is from June to November and affects Florida, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Although the odds are pretty small that a hurricane will hit a particular Caribbean island while you're on holiday, they are higher in hurricane season than for stays from December to May.
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