Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Welcome to Saint Kitts and Nevis

Two of the handful of Caribbean islands that boast dramatic black-sand beaches, Saint Kitts and Nevis doesn’t stop there. This twin-island nation pulls out all the stops with historic fortresses, clear-water snorkeling, verdant golf courses, historic plantation homes and a delightful small-town feel.

From a complimentary hammock at Oualie Beach on Nevis to popular, saffron-hued Piney’s Beach, you’ll find your perfect spot in the sun … and a margarita to cap off the moment.

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Unique Facts

  • Kitts is a volcanic island, although all of the volcanoes that formed it are now dormant. The tallest one is 3,7920-foot Mount Liamuiga but it hasn’t erupted for approximately 200 years. You can hike to it’s summit, a huge volcanic crater known as the “Giant’s Salad Bowl.”
  • The record time for swimming across the Narrows, the strait between St. Kitts and Nevis, is 58 minutes and nine seconds.
  • The two most popular festivals in the islands are the St. Kitts Music Festival in June and the St. Kitts-Nevis National Carnival, or Sugar Mas, during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.
  • There are green monkeys scurrying about on St. Kitts, the ancestors of pets of 17th-century French settlers.
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Language

Saint Kitts and Nevis’ official language is English.

When To Go

The best time to go to Saint Kitts and Nevis is in May and June after the peak season of December to April.

Airports

Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid at time of entry.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

None for stays under 90 days

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Saint Kitts and Nevis: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Rabies and Yellow Fever vaccines.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: types A, B, D and G. Standard voltage: 230V. Frequency: 60Hz.

Currency

Official local currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Getting Around

Use caution when driving as major roads are in average to poor condition, and drivers may encounter wandering animals and slow-moving heavy equipment.

Public transportation options include minibuses and taxis.

Driver’s License

A temporary driver’s license is required.

US Embassy Info

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179
BridgetownACS@state.gov

Local Visitor Info

Kitts Tourism Authority Offices
Pelican Mall Bay Road
Basseterre
St. Kitts
Tel: 869-465-4040

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

General Emergency: 911

Safety and Security

Crimes of opportunity, including petty larceny, burglary and automobile break-ins, occasionally occur. Use standard safety precautions.

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