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St Kitts & Nevis

St Kitts & Nevis St Kitts is a truly beautiful island, once the oldest of the English colonies of the Caribbean and boasting a lushness born of its volcanic formation. The highest of the peaks in St Kitts is Liamuigia, an extinct volcano measuring 3,792 feet. Liamuigia was the original name for the island and translates as ‘fertile land’, a perfect description for this tropical paradise. St Kitts is now the only Leeward island of the Caribbean that still grows sugar cane, once one of the biggest industries of the West Indies, while the colonial past of St Kitts gives this island a beautiful quality, found in the old colonial plantation homes that are now beautiful inns. St Kitts is only sixty-nine square miles and is largely unspoilt by big development, with towns remaining small, un-crowded and very welcoming for the visitor who wishes to relax in a paradise setting. The beaches of St Kitts are also stunning, and for anyone wishing to experience the sheer beauty of the Caribbean, St Kitts is the perfect destination.

Neighbouring , the Enchanting Island of Nevis , there's something about this small, sombrero-shaped island that grabs you. The charm and tranquility takes you back to a time when things were simpler, when life was more peaceful, when stress was just a word, not a way of life.This 36-square-mile island lies near the top of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 200 miles south of Puerto Rico, and just west of Antigua. This island jewel is approximately 7 miles long and 5 miles wide, with natural vegetation that is unparalleled. Green and serene, Nevis is truly one of the remaining unspoilt places and proudly carries the name, "Queen of the Caribees." From the top of the 3,232-foot Nevis Peak to the depths of the clear waters offshore, there is a world of flora and fauna to be explored. In the hills, the comical green vervet monkeys chatter and scamper; in the sea, the whales cruise by. Stroll around and see the architecture of eras gone by: churches, windmills, and refurbished Great Houses. Its 10,000 residents are friendly and helpful, ready to make new friends and welcome back regular visitors. The genuine charm and hospitality radiate into the unspoken, "Welcome," "Be my guest," and "Do come again." Nevis is special, a place that will seduce you, and tug at your heart strings after you leave. Like they say on Nevis: "You're only a stranger here once."

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Information on Driving

A good road network on both islands makes any area accessible within minutes. Driving is on the left.

Information on Currency

The East Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the local monetary unit. One dollar = 100 cents. Coins range from 1 cent to EC$1; banknotes from EC$1 to 100. US dollars are also legal tender.

Information on Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risk vary worldwide. Please contact your general practioner or travel clinic for more information

Information on Time

GMT -4

Information on Tipping

10 % service charge is added to hotel bills. In restaurants leave 10-15 % and tip taxi drivers 10 % of the fare.

Information on Water

Bottled mineral water is recommended.

Information on Transport

There are privately-run bus services, which are comfortable and make regular but unscheduled runs between villages.

Information on Things to do

St. Kitts is undoubtedly ranked among the most naturally beautiful of the Caribbean islands. That beauty lends itself quite well to a wide range of outdoor activities. You certainly will not be bored if you like to explore nature; see our historical sites and buildings; do some SCUBA diving; canoe in Caribbean Sea, along the southeast the peninsula; play a round or two of golf; learn the game of cricket; shop the town; or just relax on the white, golden or black sand beaches. The island's tall, volcanic mountains, covered with lush vegetation and a dense canopy, are perfect for hiking and exploring, while the inviting azure-blue waters of the Caribbean are ideal for swimming, sailing, fishing, and diving.

Brimstone Hill Fortress - Known as The Gibraltar of the West Indies. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Romney Manor - A Former 17th century sugar plantation, Romney Manor is one of the island's most attractive estate houses and is known for its magnificent gardens.

Caribelle Batik - A local artisan's centre at Romney Manor where artists work with locally grown, exceptionally fine Sea Island cotton, producing tie-dyed batik and hand painted creation of all sorts.

Day trips to Nevis - St Kitt's sister island is home to brightly coloured houses, historical stone churches and plantation homes. Mountains that rise far above the clouds and a circle of gorgeous sand beaches complement the 18th century charm of Charlestown, the island's only town.

Information on Banks

Open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday (National Bank) 8.30–11.30 a.m.

Information on Electricity

230 volts AC, 60 Hz (110 volts available in some hotels).

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