Saint Kitts and Nevis Island

About Saint Kitts and Nevis

Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis is an independent state which has taken control of the two islands of volcanic origin with a total area of 261 square kilometers. The Islands became independent from Britain on September 19, 1983. In 1998, Nevis tried to separate but it did not happen because of the legal nuances. There are total 55000 inhabitants. About 14000 persons live in Nevis and about 41000 live in St. Kitts., majority Africans, mixed and Indians.

Both Islands are surrounded by an abundance of coral reefs and sea animals. There are many type of the sands on the local beached: standard yellow, gray and black.

The capital of the country is Basseterre. The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar. The official language is English. The island’s climate is marine tropical, the average temperature is +25C — +32C. Rainfalls are distributed throughout the year and that is why the rainy season was not pronounced.

What to do in Saint Kitts and Nevis

A beach vacation is one of the most pleasant and attractive sides of St. Kitts and Nevis. Beautiful bays and crystal clear water attract tourists from all over the world. The most popular stretch of coastline of Saint Kitts is South Frigate Bay (one mile of white sand) in the South western part of the island. It is perfect for swimming, windsurfing, waterskiing. There are many bars and restaurants there, parties continue until dawn. If you prefer more quiet and private places, feel free to go to the beaches of Cockleshell Bay, Banana Bay, Sandy Bank Bay with white sand.

If you would like to enjoy beautiful views and be closer to a civilized and comfortable type of vacation, with access to bars, restaurants and water sports, then choose South Friars Beach. If you are interested in surfing and snorkelling, then choose Conaree Beach. All the beaches of Nevis are located on the Northern and Western parts of the island, and they are usually uncrowded. One of the best beaches within Nevis is the Pinney’s Beach, with a length of almost 5 kilometres. It is located near the island’s capital called Charlestown. The Four Seasons resort is also situated on this beach. Oualie Beach is on the most Northern point of the island, and it is perfect for a family vacation, where you can watch beautiful sunsets against the background of St. Kitts.

Despite the small size of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the visitors who stay in these beautiful island’s will not be bored. We recommend you to visit the botanical gardens of Nevis in Charlestown, where the owners have created the largest Botanical collection in the Caribbean. Charlestown deserves special attention, as it is a kind of open air museum of colonial architecture. The local museums (the museum of the Lord Horatio Nelson and the Museum of Nevis History) make it even more interesting from a historical point of view. Many people are also interested in visiting the Jewish cemetery, the Court House and the medieval forts built by the British (unusual combination of samples of the Victorian culture and European names, due to regular transitions of the islands from France to UK). Stamp collectors will be able to visit the Nevis Philatelic Bureau. In addition, we must mention St. Kitts Independence square in Basseterre (this is where slaves were traded during the Middle Ages), the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and especially the Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO world heritage site together with the Park and the Museum.

The active vacationers will be pleased with abundance of various entertainments. St. Kitts provides perfect conditions for kite surfing, paddle boarding, fly boarding and other aquatic activities. Swimming with dolphins will bring great pleasure to both children and adults. People searching for adrenaline and unique panoramic views can parachute or try a zip line ride (there are five lines), ride the ATV or ride a horse. The highlight of St. Kitts is “St. Kitts Scenic Railway” tours showing the beauty of the island, without leaving the train or comfortable carriages with panoramic glass windows. Initially this train was used to transport sugar cane but with the closure of all sugar factories on the island, it was turned into a local tourist attraction which distinguishes Saint Kitts from other Islands.

Nevis also allows water sports lovers to feel in their “element”, since the caves of the West coast of the island are ideal for snorkeling and diving and various shipwrecks around Nevis. The exotic fish species will make the boat trip even more exciting. You will also have an opportunity to try yourself with horse riding, golf and tennis. The nightlife lovers can immerse themselves in the local clubbing atmosphere.

Every October in Nevis, there is a tournament on sport fishing. In April, there is a tournament on equestrian sport. March will delight you with an agricultural exhibition, the festival of kites and a number of sporting activities including triathlons. From the end of July until the beginning of August, there is a festival called “Culturama” associated with the liberation of Nevis. In January, the inhabitants of the city will attend plenty of exciting events in honor of the Hamilton’s birthday. In addition, every year there is a swim competition from St. Kitts to Nevis. The distance is 4 km, swimmers start from the Oualie Beach in Nevis.

Saint Kitts has a rich cultural life, accompanied by carnivals, dances, music, colorful folk processions, parades, equestrian competitions, regattas and etc. The locals are great at it, especially at singing and dancing. There are several similar festivals during the year. From the 24th of December until the 2nd of January, there is the “Calypso” music festival and the “Las Lap” carnival with costume parades and dance competitions. In March there are “Carifta games”. Enjoy jazz and salsa from the best artists living in all the islands of the Caribbean at the festival of St. Kitts. The first autumn month will please you with the “Capisterre” festival.