St. Kitts and Nevis are mountainous siblings representing two sides of one handsome coin, and sharing a St. Kitts-based government.  Nevis, the smaller of the two, boasts important historic sights such as the birthplace of American statesman Alexander Hamilton, and his former home is now a museum.

Visitors partake in watersports on Pinney’s Beach (home of the Four Seasons) and Oualie Beach, plus there’s mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, diving and snorkelling trips. The annual Mango festival is one not to be missed, celebrating the sweet and succulent tropical fruit with street fairs, mango themed menus in several restaurants, and cooking demonstrations across the island, it truly is a celebration. The local botanical garden contains one of the largest collections of palms in the region, and the Four Seasons golf course and tennis facilities are among the Caribbean’s finest. “Liming” – relaxing – at the various beach bars is worth a few lazy afternoons, while evenings are best spent on gourmet dining.

A truly unique destination, Nevis is one of the most unspoiled, and relaxing islands in the Caribbean. Perfect for a romantic getaway, exotic honeymoon or even as an intimate wedding venue, it is exclusive yet inviting with its personal allure. Nevis is a hidden gem of the Caribbean that exudes natural beauty, vividly green, with serene beaches visitors will never feel more at ease among friendly, easy-going Nevisian’s.

Not just for relaxing and taking in the amazing tranquillity, Nevis is gaining a reputation as the Caribbean island of sport, playing host to a series of incredible events. The Nevis-St Kitts Cross Channel Swim, the Nevis Marathon and Running Festival and the International Triathlon, are wonderful ways to explore the island while offering the opportunity to swim with a turtle or spot a monkey, and have been billed as the most beautiful triathlon and marathon routes in the world.

The history is no less rich on St. Kitts, which Christopher Columbus named St. Christopher after the Patron Saint of travellers, and the appellation was eventually shortened to St. Kitts. Nine forts guarded the island’s coastline, none more impressive than the massive Brimstone Hill Fortress and National Park; it is a wonderfully preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site today and well worth exploration. For beaches and watersports, head south to Frigate Bay, where most of the hotel rooms are located, or just beyond, to the Southeast Peninsula, where the island’s best white-sand coves ring the peninsula’s rolling hills and salt ponds. Watch for green vervet monkeys scampering across the road, dodging into bushes or looking for a tasty hand-out at Turtle Beach.

Bird-watchers will delight in St. Kitts’ treetops, where one might spot brown boobies, magnificent frigate birds, cattle egrets, black-faced grass quits and black-whiskered vireos. Golfers enjoy the 18-hole course at the St. Kitts Royal Golf Club, where some holes overlook the Atlantic Ocean, others the Caribbean Sea. Scuba enthusiasts, from beginners to experienced divers, will enjoy St. Kitts’ wrecks, reefs, walls and caves.

In 2005 the island ceased production of sugarcane, although much of St. Kitts is still robed in waving stalks of majestic cane. The narrow-gauge railway tracks that ran through the fields to haul the cut harvest to the factory have been converted into a 17.5 mile scenic train ride offered from October to May, allowing visitors to experience a memorable and historic excursion – it’s the only train operating in the Caribbean outside Cuba.

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Airports / Gateways / Flying times

Airports: The Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport in St. Kitts (SKB) is less than 2 miles from downtown Basseterre and Vance W. Amory International Airport in Nevis (NEV) is approximately 6 miles outside Charlestown. Additional private air terminal facilities with YU Lounge are available in St. Kitts.


Gateways/Flying Times: There are daily connections via Antigua and Puerto Rico to St. Kitts and via Antigua and Puerto Rico to Nevis. WINAIR also flies from St. Maarten to Nevis. A scheduled British Airways service flies twice weekly to St. Kitts on Wednesday and Saturday from London (Gatwick).


There are daily ferry services (45 minutes) or faster water taxi (6-8 minutes) is available between St. Kitts and Nevis. You can also take a ferry service from St. Kitts to Antigua which is about 1hr 30 minutes.

Climate

Temperature High/Low Summer 90/76 degrees F,  32/24 degrees C. Winter 84/72 degrees F, 29/22 degrees C. Average humidity is 71.5%.  Annual rainfall averages 55 inches.  Approximate sunrise 0530, sunset 1830.

Dining

Food aficionados will find a wonderful range of cuisines to select from available at various restaurants, both individually operated and found within the island’s hotels or inns.   Local delicacies with a distinctly Caribbean flair dominate most menus, yet Continental, vegetarian, Italian and other styles can also be found on St. Kitts and Nevis.  Tipping is discretionary at 10-15%. Dress code varies depending on the establishment.

Language

English

Nightlife

Entertainment available includes-Live local and international entertainment. Conventional Clubs. Beach Bars/Club. Casino. Sports bars. Dinner/dances. Cinema.

Sightseeing

The historic capital city of st. Kitts, Basseterre offers sites including Independence Square, Berkley Memorial, St. George’s Anglican Church, St. Barnabas Anglican Church, the Georgian House, the National Museum, the Cenotaph (war memorial), Government House and the Port Zante cruise terminal. Other top tourist draws on island are Brimstone Hill (the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean), Black Rocks, Bloody Point, Old Road Town, Carib Indian Petroglyphs, Romney Manor and the Caribelle Batik Factory, Belmont Estate, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, tropical rainforest and extinct volcano Mt. Liamuiga.

The Horatio Nelson Museum is a must see on Nevis Island, said to be the largest collection of relics belonging to the British Naval Admiral in the western hemisphere, the “Nevis in the time of Nelson” exhibition has fascinated thousands of visitors, including HRH Queen Elizabeth II and other royal family members who stayed on the island. A natural progression would be to Fig Tree Church to admire the location where Nelson wed Fanny Nisbet of Nevis. Other historical visits would be to the Hermitage plantation Inn, here you can sample the rum punch Nevis is famed for in the oldest building on the island. Another would be to Bath Hotel, once a playground for the rich and influential, where now you can bathe in the newly revitalised thermal hot springs, at the Caribbeans first hotel.

Upcoming events

Eight Annual Latin Festival/ Latin Fiesta

18 Oct '17 - 24 Oct '17, St. Kitts and Nevis

Children's Carnival Street Parade

31 Dec '17, St. Kitts and Nevis

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