St. Kitts is a world-renowned for their natural beauty and unspoiled ecosystems. Eco-tourism was popular on these sister islands before eco-tourism was even a coined term, so if green living and natural attractions are your forte, St. Kitts is the ideal vacation destination for you.
|Currency||The official currency of St. Kitts is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$). The U.S. dollar is widely accepted, but you may still receive change in EC$. The exchange rate is permanently fixed at about EC$2.70 to each US$1 (EC$1 = US$0.37).|
|Electricity||St. Kitts uses the 220-volt system, so be prepared with converters for U.S.-made appliances.|
|GDP Per Capita||The average per capita income is approximately $8,800(USD).|
|Island Size||St. Kitts alone makes up 68 square miles, over 65% of the total area of the nation of St. Kitts and Nevis.|
|Language||English is the official language of the island and is spoken with a West Indian accent. Patois is also commonly spoken.|
|Population||The island is home to about 40,000 people. Around an additional 12,000 residents can be found on Nevis. The two islands together see about 70,600 visitors annually, 36 percent of whom hail from the U.S.|
|Entry Requirements||Citizens of the United States and Canada need some form of identification, such as a passport (recommended), or original birth certificate (with raised seal) and a government-issued photo ID. Visitors from all other countries, including those of the Caribbean, need a valid passport.|
As the smallest sovereign nation in the Americas, St. Kitts and Nevis have a combined total area of 101 square miles, and are located in the West Indies. The two islands are separated by a two-mile channel called The Narrows, which take approximately 10 minutes to cross. St. Kitts and Nevis are volcanic in origin, each with mountains that dominate the respective island's topography. Tropical rainforests and thriving rivers can also be found on each island, and Nevis is surrounded by coral reef.
Agriculture, not tourism, still plays the major role in the economy of this quiet country. Many seek out these islands specifically for their relaxed nature and British manner; tourists to St. Kitts and Nevis are typically regulars who spend weeks at a time lazing about the islands' many beaches with the locals.
St. Kitts experiences a tropical climate with average temperatures between 78 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Rather than seeing significant elevations in temperature during the summer, the islands' show a change in season by welcoming short rainstorms during most days between May and October. Approximately 51 inches of rainfall is expected here annually. Click here for monthly rainfall charts. Locals have the saying "better rain than a hurricane".
...adventurous drive through the winding roads...is highly recommended for unparalleled views of the peninsula...
St. Kitts is a great place to visit if you enjoy learning and exploring. The top attractions on the islands are natural and historical, and touring the island doesn't have to be as bland as just riding around in a rental car. There are numerous ways to take a tour, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and zip-lining. Stop in at one of several historic homes or museums to learn about the island's history and culture. Outdoor enthusiasts should check out some of the outdoor sites like the open-air market in Basseterre. An adventurous drive through the winding roads of the scenic Dr. Kennedy Simmonds Highway is highly recommended for unparalleled views of the peninsula.
Beaches on the islands are ideal for more than just soaking up the sun. When you aren't exploring on dry land, take a dip in the oceans that surround St. Kitts. Snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching are all popular activities, as well as turtle watching and sea tours.
From Chinese cuisine to Western-influenced fare, St. Kitts provides a buffet of dining options for hungry travelers. St. Kitts boasts everything from West Indian restaurants to Creole establishments. For a sampling of fresh local produce, travelers are encouraged to explore the waterfront market. This charming marketplace sells a range of products, including fresh fruit like mangos and papayas. Click here to read more about the culinary styles of St. Kitts.
After exploring the and historical aspects of St. Kitts, travelers are encouraged to partake in the local culture with nightlife and shopping opportunities. During the day, check out local craft shops for unique items like woodcarvings, art created from leather, handmade textiles and more. As daytime fades into the evening, travelers can enjoy a variety of nightlife attractions on St. Kitts. 'The Strip' in Frigate Bay have many restaurants and bars along the beach. In town, at Port Zante is the Ma Paul Casino and Da Lime restaurant which are favorites for locals and visitors alike. Two other casinos located in Frigate Bay offer another alternative for adults seeking an entertaining way to spend the evening.
Both islands offer different vacation experiences...
All of the aforementioned attractions make St. Kitts an obvious choice for vacationers with families who want not only a relaxing but educational way to spend their vacation. For the best hotels for family vacations, click here. What many people don’t realize is that the islands are also a great place for a romantic getaway. Secluded beaches, romantic restaurants, and special couples packages at most resorts provide numerous opportunities to take advantage of intimate settings and enjoy privacy with your loved one.
These Caribbean islands experience a relatively low crime rate since they are not a large tourist destination. Most of the crime here takes the form of stolen belongings that were left unattended on beaches, in cars, and in unlocked hotel rooms. As always, keep a close eye on valuables, never leave valuable items exposed in rental cars, and remember to lock your hotel room and vehicle. Women should not go out alone along deserted roads, as they are more likely to be robbed.
The water on the islands is among the purest in the Caribbean, making it very safe to drink. As a side note, be sure to try Cane Sugar Rothschild, a pure sugar cane liqueur that is brewed exclusively with water from the islands.
Eco-tourists, families looking for fun and adventure, and couples who desire some intimate romance will all agree that St. Kitts provides all that and more. St. Kitts boasts a more modernized tourist destination with lively entertainment and dining catered towards travelers.
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