St. KItts & Nevis Island Information
AIRPORT: R L Bradshaw.
CURRENCY: Eastern Caribbean & US Dollar.
TIME ZONE: GMT - 4 hours.
VISAS: Visas are not usually necessary for British passport holders.
VACCINATIONS: No compulsory vaccinations, however, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid are recommended. Please consult your G.P. before travelling.
is just 68 square miles, and the interior is dominated with rugged
volcanic peaks sloping down into fields bright green with sugar cane.
At St. Kitt's heart lies the spectacular, cloud-fringed peak of Mount Liamuiga (pronounced Lee-a-mweega), a dormant volcano covered by dense tropical forest. And on Nevis, too, the ground rises upward into a cloud forest teeming with tropical flowers and green vervet monkeys. For the naturalist and bird watcher these Islands have a lot to offer
And yet nature is only a small part of the wonder of these small, relatively undiscovered destinations. Long ago, St. Kitts and Nevis were the pearls of the British Caribbean, rich and enormously important islands that were celebrated throughout Europe. Nevis, the "Queen of the Caribbees," possessed unimaginable wealth from its super-productive sugar industry, while on St. Kitts the impregnable fortress of Brimstone Hill stood as the Gibraltar of the West Indies. Nevis was the setting for the romance of Horatio Nelson, who met, courted, and married Fanny Nisbet.
Basseterre and Charlestown, the islands' capitals, are among the most enchanting of the Caribbean's harbour towns. The law here holds that no building here may be taller than the surrounding palm trees, and on both St. Kitts and Nevis natural preservation is a major value. Activities include treks through the islands' rain forests, golfing , fishing, boating and diving or snorkelling through underwater reefs and unexplored wrecks. There is also an exceptional wealth of historic sites, including restored fortresses, haunted plantations, and ancient petroglyphs. Added to this, the Islands are home to many of the finest and most welcoming plantation inns in the Caribbean. Mainly undisturbed, despite their extraordinary beauty, their remarkable history, and their unmatched charm, St. Kitts & Nevis offer a rare opportunity to visit the "Secret Caribbean." St. Kitts Tourism Board website Nevis Tourism Board website
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