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About St. Kitts Nevis

Location

St. Kitts & Nevis are located in the northern part of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, 19 degrees north of the equator, separated by a channel two miles wide. Saint Kitts and Nevis are geographically part of the Leeward Islands. To the north-northwest lie the islands of Saint Eustatius, Saba, Saint Barts, and Saint Martin. To the northeast is Antigua and Barbuda, and to the southeast is the small uninhabited island of Redonda, and the island of Montserrat, which currently has an active volcano.

Size

St. Kitts is 23 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest, encompassing an area of 68 square miles. The island's point of highest elevation is Mt. Liamuiga, at 3,792 feet. Nevis, the smaller island, lies to the south and is approximately 7 miles in diameter, covering a total of 36 square miles.

Climate

Yearly average temperature is 79 degrees; annual rainfall averages 55 inches; humidity is low, and constant northeast trade winds keep the islands cool.

Water

Local water is very drinkable and bottled water is readily available everywhere.

Language

English is the official language.

Entry Requirements

A passport is required for all visitors. It is also very important to have a return ticket to somewhere, preferably your country of origin, regardless of the length of your stay.

Currency

The official currency is the East Caribbean Dollar. It is tied to the US Dollar at a rate of US$1=EC$2.70. Most businesses accept US Dollar notes as payment, but change is given in EC$. Travelers Checks and major credit cards are widely accepted and major currencies can be exchanged at banks, with US Dollars the cheapest to exchange.

Banking

Banking hours are generally 8am to 2pm Monday through Thursday, and 8am to 4pm on Fridays.

ATMs

All four banks in St. Kitts have ATMs in Basseterre. The Marriott Casino ATM gives US currency but only works with Visa, M/C and debit cards on Cirrus network. All other ATMs will give funds in EC Dollars.

Taxis & Buses

Taxis are always available in the Circus and at most of the hotels. The Taxis all have a yellow license plate with a 'T' or a 'TA' in the front of the number. The buses that run around the island all day are passenger vans and they have an 'H' on the green license plate. They have designated routes (pretty much the main road around the island) and the rates are fixed by the Government.

Shopping

St. Kitts has much to offer for visitors and provides many art and craft items made by local artisans. Essential items can be found in drugstores and supermarkets around the island. Port Zante has many shops which offer a wide selection of jewelry, electronic equipment, perfumes, clothing and other accessories.

Credit Cards

Most hotels, restaurants and businesses accept major credit cards

Recreation

St Kitts and Nevis have many beautiful beaches with sand ranging in color from golden to black with pristine turquoise waters. These lovely Caribbean beaches are perfect for collecting shells, swimming, snorkeling and just about any kind of water sport or beach activity you desire.

There are many historical sites to explore in St Kitts and Nevis with structures that date back to the 17th century. Read more here at the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism website

Hiking in the lush rainforests is a very popular recreation activity in St Kitts. Mount Liamuiga, which is the highest peak in St Kitts, is the most popular hiking area.

Bikers of all skill levels can enjoy riding through the trails and countryside. A mountain bike ride gives you the opportunity to see many of the island’s historical sites as well as the villages around the island.

For those who enjoy playing golf, both St Kitts and Nevis have international standard golf courses.

Airports

Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport
City/Region: St Kitts
Phone Number: Tel: +1 869 465 8472
Ground Transport: Taxis are available outside the terminal and fixed rates are posted at the airport.
Car Rental: There are no car rental agencies at the airport, but several companies provide a free pick up service from the airport.
Departure Tax: EC$58.

Newcastle Airport
City/Region: Nevis
Phone Number: Tel: +1 869 469 9040
Ground Transport: Taxis are available outside the terminal and fixed rates are posted at the airport. A ferry connects the airport to St Kitts; the journey takes about 45 minutes.

New Private Air Terminal: Construction of a new private air terminal at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport is scheduled to begin in February 2011, with FBO (fixed base operations) service operations commencing at the end of 2012.To be located towards the west of the main RLB Airport parking apron, the new private terminal will consist of world class lounges, a business center, and related offices and processing facilities, as well as an elegantly landscaped courtyard and events centre. This new private air terminal will enable St. Kitts to deliver the highest quality of personalized service to passengers on private jets, as well as scheduled VIP arrivals.