Island: St. Kitts.
Country: St. Kitts & Nevis (KN).
Nationality: Kittitian(s), Nevisian(s)
Capital: Basseterre (Saint Kitts). Charlestown (Nevis).
Population: 35,000 (July 2010 est.).
Climate: Tropical, tempered by constant sea breezes; little seasonal
temperature variation; rainy season (May to November).
Area: 168 sq km (Saint Kitts & Nevis 261 sq km total).
Coastline: 78 km.
Geographic coordinates: 17°15' N 62°45' W.
Highest point: Mount Liamuiga, formerly Mount Misery, a dormant
volcano, 1,156 m (3,792 feet).
Location: About one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad
Size: St. Kitts is 23 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest.
Terrain: Volcanic with mountainous interiors.
Accommodations: Resorts, Hotels, Apartments, Guest houses. The
cheapest way to stay in St. Kitts and Nevis is a private accomodation.
Activities: Cycling, diving, fishing, golf, sailing, snorkeling,
watersports, Casino gaming.
Average tourist arrivals: 88,000 (St. Kitts & Nevis).
Crime: Petty street crime occurs in St. Kitts and Nevis, as well
as the occasional burglary; visitors and residents should take common-sense
Electricity: 230 Volts, 60 cycles. Most hotels have 110 volts.
Outlets generally accept 2 types of plug, three round pins arranged in
a triangle and two parallel flat pins with ground pin.
Entry Requirements: When traveling by air, U.S. citizens must
have a valid U.S. passport. When traveling by sea, all U.S. travelers must
have a U.S. passport or U.S. passport card. Visitors may be asked to present
an onward / return ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover the cost
of their visit. .
Extension of stay: Persons who wish to remain longer than the
period granted by the immigration authorities must apply for an extension
from the Ministry of National Security in Basseterre, St Kitts or the Immigration
office in Charlestown, Nevis. The applicant is required to submit an airline
ticket, valid passport, ED (immigration) card and the required fee. The
applicable fee is EC$50 per month for the first three months, and EC$75
per month for each month thereafter. Visitors from the United States, Canada
and the United Kingdom may be granted stay for up to a maximum of six months.
Visitors from other countries may stay for up to a maximum of 3 months.
Sleep: Both Saint Kitts and Nevis are quiet islands, so you can
expect a good sleep.
Telephone: The international country code is 1-869.
Time: EST +1; GMT -4.
Cost of living: Moderate. Bassterre is ranked number 213 of the
most expensive places in the world (Barbados 108, Tampa Fla 235).
Credit cards: Credits cards are relatively widely accepted in
St Kitts and Nevis.
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (EC$). EC$ 1.00 = US$ 0.37; US$1.00
= EC$ 2.70.
Tipping: Hotels and restaurants collect a Government tax of 9
% in St Kitts and 8 % in Nevis. A service charge of 10 % may also be added
to your bill. Additional tipping is not necessary, but if you do decide
to tip, 10 % to 15 % of the bill is recommended.
Airport: Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB), located
just northeast of Basseterre. Scheduled service with American Airlines
to Miami and New York-JFK; American Eagle to San Juan; British Airways
to Antigua and London-Gatwick; Delta Air Lines to Atlanta; LIAT to Antigua,
Nevis, San Juan and Sint Maarten; US Airways to Charlotte and Philadelphia;
Winair to Antigua and Sint Maarten.
Departure Tax: US$ 22 or EC$ 58 for visitors.
Flight Times: Miami 3 hours, New York 4 hours, London 8 hours.
Ferry Service: There are three ferry services operating between
St Kitts and Nevis.
Ports and harbors: Ships dock at Port Zante, a cruise-ship pier
and marina in Basseterre. .
Ethnic groups: Predominantly black; some British, Portuguese,
Government type: Parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm.
Legal system: Based on English common law; has not accepted compulsory
Religions: Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic.
Agriculture-products: Sugarcane, rice, yams, vegetables, bananas;
GDP per capita: US$ 14,700 (2009 est.).
Industries: Tourism, cotton, salt, copra, clothing, footwear,
Natural resources: Arable land.
Unemployment rate: 4.5 % (1997).