Capital – Basseterre
Currency – The official currency is Eastern Caribbean Dollar, however US Dollars are widely accepted.
Official & Language – French Creole is spoken by the locals but English is widely spoken and understood.
Population – 56,900
Time – GMT -4
Sport in St Kitts & Nevis
Cricket is the most popular sport on the islands of St Kitts & Nevis. The Warner Park sporting complex, includes the 8,000 capacity cricket stadium. The stadium has hosted West Indies matches in all formats of the game, 6 matches at the 2007 Cricket World Cup and is home to the Caribbean Premier League franchise, the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Football is also popular, with the national football team known as ‘The Sugar Boyz’. The national side also play their matches within the Warner Park sporting complex, experiencing relative success in 2006 as they reached the region’s third qualifying round for the FIFA World Cup.
Horse Racing is popular on the island of Nevis, with regular meets held at the Indian Castle Race Track.
The 2003 Athletics World Championship 100 metre’s Gold medallist was Kim Collins who hailed from St Kitts & Nevis. He represented the island at 6 Olympic Games from 1996 to 2016, becoming the first Athlete from St Kitts & Nevis to reach an Olympic final in 2000.
Getting to St Kitts & Nevis & Visa
St Kitts is a popular cruise stop in the Caribbean. The Robert L.Bradshaw International Airport (named after the first Premier of St Kitts & Nevis) is approximately a 10-15 minute drive from Basseterre. The airport is well served with flights to the UK, North America and a number of the other Caribbean islands. Nevis has the Vance W Armory Internatonal Airport in Newcastle, which has regional flights from several nearby Caribbean islands.
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British passport holders do not require a visa to visit St Kitts & Nevis, however your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry. Further information can be found through the UK government website here. If you are not a British passport holder, please consult your country’s travel advice for St Kitts & Nevis.
Getting around St Kitts & Nevis
Boat (Travel between islands) – There are several options for travelling between St Kitts and Nevis – the passenger ferry takes approximately 45 minutes to travel between Basseterre and Charlestown, the car ferry is a 20 minute journey from Majors Bay to Cades Bay, whilst a 10 minute water taxi can take you from Cockleshell Beach to Oualie Beach.
Bus – Buses are identified by green licence plates starting with ‘H’ or ‘HA’. The private minivans can be flagged at designated bus stops in Basseterre and Charlestown, or anywhere along the route outside of the 2 main towns. Buses generally stop running from 7pm onwards and are infrequent on Sunday’s.
Taxi – Taxi’s on the islands can be identified by yellow licence plates beginning with ‘T’ or ‘TA’. Fares are regulated but it is always worth checking the price beforehand.
Where to stay in St Kitts & Nevis
What to do in St Kitts & Nevis
The St Kitts Scenic Railway as the name suggests is a scenic 18 mile train journey, previously used for sugarcane transportation. The railway only operates when cruise ships are in port and must be booked in advance.
In Basseterre, Independence Square is worth a look to watch the world go by and where locals gather to ‘lime’, whilst the nearby Immaculate Conception Cathedral is an interesting building to marvel at and visit.
The nearest beach to Basseterre can be found at North Frigate Bay, approximately a 10 minute taxi journey costing $15 each way. The best snorkelling can be found at Shitten Bay but this is only accessible by boat.