St. Kitts & Nevis Travel Guide


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St. Kitts & Nevis

 

The Federation of St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Nevis is located in the Caribbean Sea between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago . St. Kitts is the larger of the two volcanic islands. The highest point on St. Kitts is the dormant volcano, Mt. Liamuiga at 3,790ft. Mt. Nevis is the name of the volcano on Nevis.

 

A wide channel called The Narrows separates the two islands. Nevis is round in shape and surrounded by coral reefs and almost enitirely all mountain. The islands are approx. forty-five minutes by air from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

The islands are no less than a text book tropical paradise with abundant, lush vegetation and forests. The islands were originally inhabited by the Carib Indians but most of the inhabitants today are descendants of the African slaves who were brought to the islands to work the sugar cane plantations. The islands were British colonies from the early 16 th century and typical British traditions of afternoon tea and cricket are still in evidence today. The British colonized St. Kitts (which was formerly known as Saint Christopher) in 1623, and Nevis in 1628.

 

French settlers arrived on St. Kitts and rivalry over rule of the islands promoted a battle at Brimstone Hill which resulted in British victory. (Brimstone fortress and hill on St. Kitts was built by the British and is today a national park with some lovely views of nearby islands). The islands gained their independence from Britain in 1983. These islands tend to be less crowded with tourists and less commercialised than many of the other Caribbean island destinations.

 

The inhabitants of the islands, known as Kittians or Nevisians, are mostly black with some British, Portuguese, and Lebanese. The main religions are Anglican and Protestant. The official language is English.

 

St. Kitts is of course famous for its beautiful beaches where you can visit either the Atlantic shore or the Caribbean shore and enjoy either black sand or white sandy beaches. It is wonderful for just relaxing and enjoying the sunshine, or swimming, snorkeling or body surfing. Scuba diving, sailing, and boat tours are also popular.

 

The capital city of Basseterre on St. Kitts has many places of historical interest and lots of interesting colonial architecture with many of the old houses having been converted to inns. Day trips can be made from St. Kitts to the island of Nevis , which takes about an hour each way. Duty free shopping is available and a must for those wishing to pick up some bargains.

There is plenty to see and do for nature lovers with the guided tours through the tropical forests lagoons and lava formations.

 

Climate / Weather
Tropical tempered by constant sea breezes; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)

 

 



 

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