Welcome to St. Kitts & Nevis!
Tucked away in the eastern Caribbean are St. Kitts & Nevis – a duo of island gems which promote themselves as “The Secret Caribbean.” So breathtakingly beautiful are the landscapes of these islands, it’s no wonder residents want to keep a secret of their dormant volcanoes, lush rain forests and palm-lined beaches.
Separated only by a two-mile-wide channel, these sister islands of volcanic origin are found in the northern part of the Leeward Island chain.
Reminded of the snow-capped mountain range in the Pyrenees, Columbus nicknamed Nevis Nuestro Senora del las Nieves, Spanish for Our Lady of the Snows, when he sighted them in 1493. No, there’s no snow 19 degrees north of the equator, but soft white clouds are known to drift along the mountaintops.
Once the leading spa of the West Indies, Nevis today still hosts several hot mineral springs. Known more for its “laid-back” island atmosphere than St. Kitts, Nevis has so much to explore. Besides basking in the warm rays of Caribbean sun or diving the surrounding reefs, there are plenty of interesting historical sites – ranging from an 18th century Royal bath house to the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton.
St. Kitts is just a short ferry ride away. Take a couple hours to visit a sugar cane plantation (there are many dotting the island); it’s interesting and fun. Packed full of historical sites such as a British fortress made of volcanic stone walls and ancient Carib Indian petroglyphs etched in boulders long before Columbus sailed, St. Kitts will keep you busy.
Perhaps one of the most interesting sites on St. Kitts is Mount Misery, a dormant volcano in which one is allowed to hike. But don’t forget to relax after a long day of exploring on the amazing white-sand or black volcanic sand beaches.
Climate: The weather in St Kitts and Nevis averages from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
Currency: The Eastern Caribbean dollar, but U.S. currency is widely accepted.
Banking: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – noon and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – noon and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where is St Kitts & Nevis:
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For more information to help you plan your trip to St,Kitts or Nevis, please contact:
St,Kitts Tourism Office at: www.stkittstourism.kn
or the Nevis Island Tourist Authority at: www.nevisisland.com