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Adventure Seekers can
1) Go swimming with dolphins over the penninsula
2) Snorkeling or go on a catamaran cruise
3) Fly boarding
4) Nature Hikes to the Crater Lake on Mt Liamigua
5) Zip lining over mountains (truly an experience)
6) Horse back riding along the beach or on an island tour
7) Paragliding
8) Sky diving

Nature Lovers can:
1) Nature hike to Mt Liamigua
2) Nature walks through the many rainforests
3) Beach hopping
4) St. Kitts Eco Park

History enthusiasts can:
1) Visit museums and learn about the history
2) Visit old sugar factories
3) Brimstone Hill Fortress
4) Visit Black Rocks, the remnants of the last volcanic eruption

Practicals

Transport


The two islands each have an international airport. However, Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport (RLB) on St Kitts receives most of the long-haul flights.

Both islands are relatively small, and it's easy to get around. Each island has a public bus network that connects most tourist attractions. Larger hotels will often offer a shuttle service, and there are taxis everywhere.

There is a ferry service to travel between the islands of Nevis and St Kitts, one way taking 45 minutes. It is also possible to fly from one island to another.

St.Kitts and Nevis is a right-hand driving country, like Britain. 

No traffic jams. Unlike many other Caribbean countries, motorists drive here in a courteous, polite manner.

The road network is relatively well developed. Most of the roads are two-lane, narrow, and in some cases very winding.

For a tour of the island by a rental car, the 60-kilometer Circle Island Road is ideal. From Basseterre, the road runs along the Caribbean coast around  ​​Mount Liamuiga and then leads down the coastline facing the Atlantic back to the starting point at the port. Numerous sights await along the way, such as Old Road Town (the first English settlement), Romney Manor, or the mighty Brimstone Hill Fortress.

Only use motorcycles and scooters with appropriate protective clothing despite tropical temperatures.

Cruise ships stop at the capital city, Basseterre, which is on the south coast of the 30 x 10 kilometer big St. Kitts.

Taxi

There is a large taxi rank at the cruise port. When coming from your cruise ship and passing the gate, follow the main street of the Open Air Terminal and turn right at the second cross street to find this taxi rank.  The way is signposted and easy to find.

Dispatchers organize the distribution of vacationers to taxis. You can also have a tour put together here. For example, there is a taxi trip to Brimstone Hill Fortress with a one hour stop and then on to Cockleshell Beach with a 3 hour stop.

You should pay the taxi fare after the return. Otherwise, there is a high risk that the taxi driver will be gone.

Most taxis are minibusses or safari buses. The prices are set by the government and are agreed upon with the dispatchers on-site. Since the island is small, the fares are not high. It gets even cheaper if you share a vehicle. You may have to wait a moment for the dispatchers to fill the car.






St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Kitts - cruise - a.b. photo

Accomodation

The tourist season in St Kitts and Nevis runs between December and April.

Several resorts do not operate during the hurricane season, July-October. 

Most of the accommodation is pensions. Even the hotels have some homely feeling of a guesthouse. 

Food

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Saint Kitts and Nevis - lobster

Shopping

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St Kitts and Nevis - St Kitts - shopping street - a.b. photo

Saint Kitts and Nevis - accelerated defrost mode of meat products - d.h. photo (no offence intended)

Saint Kitts - The cruise terminal shopping area - p.j. photo

Fun

Each year, in December, a Carnival takes place.

Public safety

Public safety is reassuring on both islands.

There is some crime on the islands, but it doesn’t affect tourists. There are clashes between smaller gangs, and drug addicts commit minor crimes to get their dose.

Armed assault and sexual assault rarely happen, mostly in less crowded areas and unguarded beaches after dark.

Drug use and trafficking, even in the smallest quantities, are strictly prosecuted by the police authorities; under no circumstances should one assume that foreigners will be spared persecution. High fines and imprisonment are imposed for violating drug laws; a bail release is usually not possible.


Saint Kitts and Nevis - Unusually for a former British colony, they’ve adopted the American (Los Angles) colour scheme for police cars - p.j. photo

Health

Health care in St Kitts and Nevis is adequate, and in routine cases, meets the international standard. There are three government hospitals in St Kitts and one in Nevis. One of them specializes in trauma cases. If local hospitals can not handle a case, patients are transported to Puerto Rico. There are no private hospitals in the country, but some health centers offer private practice.

Others

1. Internet and phone service is excellent. 

2. Although homosexual acts are punishable by law, there are no known cases of criminal prosecution.

Background

Destination in brief

Saint Kitts and Nevis is a Caribbean island country. The closest island is Aruba, northwest of Saint Kitts and Nevis, which is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Size: 269.4 km² (104 mi²) - St. Kitts is the larger island

The two islands are three kilometers apart.

Capital city: Basseterre (on St. Kitts) - A quarter of the total population lives here.

Population (in 2020): 53,200 - 92,7% Black

Language: English

Religions: 94,5% Christians (most of them Protestants, Pentecostals, and Anglicans)

Form of government:The country is an independent state in association with the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state. She is represented by a Governor- General who takes advice from the local Prime Minister and his cabinet.

Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 700-900 USD

Most common surname: Williams

St. Kitts and Nevis - national flag colors - k.c. photo

Saint Kitts and Nevis - national dress - q.s. photo

Geography


The name of St-Kitts is an abbreviated version of Saint-Christophe. Initially, the maps showed the island naming it Saint-Christophe, then over time, it was nicknamed St Kitts, which got in dominant use. Today both names are accepted so that you may be referred to the country using the name Saint Kitts and Nevis, or - if you like - Saint-Christophe and Nevis.

The highest point on the island is the 1,156-meter (3792 ft) high volcano Mount Liamuiga.


St. Kitts - The sand of this beach here is black, because it is a volcanic island. The Caribbean islands were generally formed from volcanic eruptions (same as the Hawaiian islands). . p.j. photo

Climate


During the tourist season between December and April, the climate is dry, and temperatures vary around 27C (81F).

The hurricane season is between July and October. The temperatures are then hotter and more humid.  Between the hurricane season and the tourist season (December-April), there are a few months when the weather is good, and the islands are less crowded.  

The rainy season runs from May to October.
The worst temperatures and risk of storms are usually between August and November. Apart from a possible hurricane, the rainy season generally has little or no impact on vacations as the days are sunny, and the rains are sporadic.

Water temperature is around 26 C (80F) all year round.





History

Columbus (modestly) baptized the island Saint Christopher during his second voyage in 1493.

St. Kitts was the first island in the eastern Caribbean to be settled and heavily fortified by the Europeans in 1623. The British and French helped each other gain a foothold in a region dominated by enemies, the Native Indians, and Spanish.

In 1626, the English and French colonizers massacred two thousand native Kalingo Indians. The native people felt that the territorial expansion threatens their very existence by the French settlers.  A chief, called Tegremante helpt by Caribs from some nearby islands, prepared an attack on the European settlements. The French united with the British preemptively attacked the native people.

From here, other islands were then taken over. With the help of contract workers and slaves, the English and French created a rich plantation island.

Partners became competitors and, during the Napoleonic Wars, bitter opponents. If you want to convince yourself of the severity of the conflict, you only need to visit Brimstone Hill, one of the mightiest fortresses in the Caribbean.

From 1783 until independence in 1983, St. Kitts and Nevis were British for 200 years.

St. Kitts - The bell tower at Romney Manor - The sugar plantation was worked by African slaves, and the bells would sound the major milestones of each day - start work, breaks, finishing work, etc. p.j. photo

Nowadays

Residents pay no personal income tax.


,, Two hundred years ago, most of the Caribbean islands looked like St. Kitts still does today. Extensive light green sugar cane plant fields swaying gently in the wind with elegant mansions nearby. Many of these houses are well-preserved, keeping a typically English atmosphere."

Saint Kitts and Nevis - street scene - e.w. photo

People


The locals are friendly and mix well with tourists in restaurants, bars, and activities.

A polite manner is a must in their society. Children are intensely educated to behave appropriately. It is unaccepted to be disrespectful, rude to another person, especially to elders.

Smoking weed is widespread among local young people.

St. Kitts and Nevis - kid - d.c. photo

St. Kitts and Nevis - local couple - g.l. photo

St Kitts and Nevis - school girls -g.l. photo

St. Kitts and Nevis - woman

St Kitts and Nevis - Rosemary - c.h. photo

Tourist etiquette

1. Under no circumstances should you try to rush a local service provider. Inhabitants have an unhurried lifestyle, and shopkeepers and waiters are no exception.

Attractions

Beaches

You will find black sand beaches on the north coast of St Kitts and pristine white sand beaches on the south of St Kitts and on the entire island of Nevis.


Diving

The majority of dive sites on St. Kitts and Nevis are around 12 meters (40 feet) deep and feature visibility that snorkelers will appreciate.

Basseterre

Basseterre is a small capital that is easy to explore on foot. The most beautiful way out of the cordoned port area leads through an archway via the National Museum, left of the post office. Just a few meters further, you reach the Circus and the Berkeley Memorial. If you turn left into Bank Street, within about 100 meters, you will get Independence Square with Cathedral.

Saint Kitts - Basseterre - The Circus (a central circular) with the clock - p.j. photo

St. Kitts - Basseterre - St. George's Anglican Cathedral (1856) - p.j. photo

St. Kitts - Basseterre - The National Museum - p.j. photo

St. Kitts - Basseterre - The Catholic Co-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - Only 6% of the population is Catholic - p.j. photo

Brimstone Hill Fortress

The largest fortress ever built in the Western Caribbean, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Saint Kitts and Nevis - Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park - p.j. photo

Saint Kitts and Nevis - Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park - p.j. photo

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