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  •  Saint Kitts and Nevis
  •  Basseterre
  •  104 sq mi
  • 86°F (30°C)
  • Mon 12:19 am
  •  East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
  • English
  •  54,961
  • St Kitts & Nevis is a real paradise. The two islands are great to explore. Nice for hiking, very relaxing and a great climate.

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    Jessica Brown
  • St Kitts is quite and clean. In my opinion the pearl of the Caribbean. Basseterre is a great place to start your holidays.

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    Lisa Kimberly
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis are nice to visit in any season. Local people are very friendly. A wonderful place. Simply amazing.

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    Marc Jackson

Saint Kitts & Nevis Travel Guide, Your Local Caribbean Trip Advisor

General Information About St Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis, officially called the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, also known as Saint Christopher and Nevis. It is a country of two islands. Located in the Leeward islands chain of the Lesser Antilles. It is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas. The smallest in the size of the area as well as of the population. St Kitts and Nevis is a British Commonwealth realm. The British Monarch is the head of state. The British dependency of Anguilla was part of this union in history too.
 Saint Kitts and Nevis were the first islands in the Caribbean to be settled by Europeans. Both islands were the home of Spanish, British and French colonies. This is why St. Kitts & Nevis are also known as the Mother of Colony in the West Indies. Previously inhabited by Kalinago, Carib Indians, Saint Kitts was named Liamuiga. Preserved from Mount Liamuiga. Nevis's former name is Qualie, the land of beautiful waters. Christopher Columbus arrived on Nevis in 1493. He called the island San Martín. Later on, the Spanish colonialists called the smaller island Nuestra Señora de las Nieves and shortened the name to Nevis by British colonialists. Before, the island was also known as Dulcina, the sweet one. The economy on Saint Kitts and Nevis is quite growing. Dominated by tourism, agriculture and light manufacturing industries, the government started a sponsoring programme called: Citizenship-by-Investment. It allows foreigners to obtain the citizen status when investing into the countries Economy.
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Sport in St Kitts & Nevis

Sport is very important for Saint Kitts & Nevis. All over you can find many different sports activities. Cricket is the national sport. But you can find almost any sporting activity that you will like.

Most Popular Sport

Golf : St. Kitts & Nevis is hosting some very nice golf courses for beginners and professionals. It is an emerging golf destination and hosting championship golf tournaments. The best golfing spots are on the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club at Frigate Bay, the Four Season Golf Club on Nevis, the Christophe Harbour Golf Club and the most popular one is located at Kittian Hill, the Irie Fields Golf ClubWatersports : If you like Water Sports, Saint Kitts and Nevis is the right place to be. Scuba Divers and Snorkelers can explore the rich beauty of the Caribbean Sea. Deep Sea Fishing is also very popular. And there are many nice spots for Sailing, Motorboat or Catamaran cruising, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, Wakeboarding, Flyboarding, Paragliding and more. Tennis : All over St. Kitts & Nevis you will find Tennis courts. Because of the high temperatures we do recommend that you play early in the morning or shortly before sunset. Athletics : Saint Kitts and Nevis athletes are very popular and the home of many champions. Meet Kim Collins, Antoine Adams, Melville Rogers, Tameka Williams or Tiandra Ponteen in person. Come to St. Kitts & Nevis but make sure you carry your sneakers.
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St Kitts & Nevis Culture and History

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Saint Kitts and Nevis History

The two islands have one of the longest histories in the Caribbean. Archaic people settled 3000 years b.C.. They imigrated from the archipelago of Florida. Around 1000 b.C. Saladoid people were replaced by Igneri people, an Arawak tribe. 1300 a.C. the Kalinago (Carib people) arrived on the islands.
 1493, Christopher Columbus landed on the islands during is 2nd voyage to the Caribbean. 1538 The first non-Spanish Europeans arrived who were French Huguenot. 1607 Captain John Smith stopped at Nevis. Smith documented the hot spring waters as remarkable curative against skin ailments and other bad health. 1623 Sir Thomas Warner decided on his journey around the Guiana coast, that Saint Kitts was proven to be the best site for English colony. 1727 The British colonialists moved the island's capital to Basseterre. St. Kitts became the leader in sugar production all over the Caribbean. 1883 The dominance of sugar production lead the economic system of St. Kitts & Nevis to a large class of wage labourers. The collapse of sugar prices brought the Great Depression later on. 1958 to 1962 the islands joined the failed West Indies Federation, in which Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla was a separate state. 1967 The islands became an Associated State of Great Britain. Anguilla successfully break away from the union in 1971. 1983 The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis was granted independence from Britain, with a constitution that granted Nevis a large degree of autonomy. 

Culture

Festivities : The nations culture on Saint Kitts and Nevis is very festive and vibrant. It has grown mainly out of the West African traditions of the slave population during the colonial period. Carnival around Christmas time plays an important role. Culturama is the celebration of Emancipation Day. It becan in 1974. Music : It is a major part of St. Kitts & Nevis culture. The islands are well known for a number of musical celebrations. The Carnival on Saint Kitts, the St Kitts Music Festival (the last week in June) and the week-long Culturama on Nevis do show great musicians from all over the islands. The music typically features salsa, jazz, soca, calypso and steelpan styles, along with parades and street dances. Cuisine : Welcome to Food Paradise. St. Kitts & Nevis is offering a very rich cuisine. The islands producing a wide variety of fresh produce. From Seafood to meats, to diets. The style of cooking is quite simple and flavored much like other West Indian cuisine. Rum is popular on both islands as well. Art : St. Kitts & Nevis is the home of very creative Artists. Inspired by their own native traditions. They capture the life on the islands and their African roots. Pottery is notable too. Especially both red clay pieces and fired with colorful glazes and indigenous designs. The same is showing on Paintings. Often depict tropical landscapes, portraits of islanders or cultural traditions. Other artists are more into crafts. Including rug weaving, carvings, batiks, sculptures out of wook or leather work. 
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Landscape

The Landscapes around Saint Kitts and Nevis are breathtaking. White coastlines and the two volcanic islands are separated by a small channel called The Narrows. Saint Kitts lies the Great Salt Pond. Nevis Peak sites in the centre of its ball shape. The highest point is Mount Liamuiga on St. Kitts at 3,792 foot (1,156m).
 When you wake up in the morning, you open your room window and if you are lucky, then you might have a breathtaking view over the Caribbean sea. What a good morning. Good to know : On Saint Kitts and Nevis, there are neither dangerous nor poisonous animals or plants. 
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St. Kitts & Nevis Nightlife

On Saint Kitts and Nevis you will find many bars, nightclubs and venues. You can hang out in informal beach bars, watch live music and enjoy a refreshing cocktail. Local music, soca or calypso is played all over. Others will find casinos and discotheques. Pleasure and fun for every taste.
 Then we go back to your Villa or Hotel. Take a little rest. Unless you like to have a tropical Drink in one of the countless Bars along the Beach or in Town. When it comes to dancing or clubbing then you have to know that local nights are really hot. Parties never start before 1 am. Nightlife is everywhere. And remember locals on St. Kitts & Nevis love music, dancing and of course their own Rum or a cold beer. What ever you are looking for at night, you will find it for sure. 

Popular Bars

 

Palm Court Gardens, Basseterre

Food, drinks, a swimming pool, lots of music and fun.

Salt Plage, Whitehouse Bay

The sundowner with drinks from wine to champagne and snacks.
 

Buddies, South Frigate Bay Beach

Part of the strip with beach bars, known for drinking and dancing.
 

Jam Rock, South Friars Bay Beach

An easygoing bar also well known for its tasty restaurant.

Famous Clubs on St. Kitts & Nevis

 

Carambola Beach Club

At the western end of South Friars Bay Beach. The Ibiza-style club.
 

Eclipse Bar & Nightclub

Outside of Basseterre, the place to dance the night away.
 

Courtyard

In Charlestown, mixing Caribbean style with DJ's spin music.
 

Chevy's Calypso Bar & Grill

Pinney's Beach, the best for Sunday nights at their famous Reggae Nitez.

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