St. Kitts is located in the Eastern Caribbean at 17 20 North, 62 45 West, roughly 1,200 miles from Miami, 1600 miles from New York,
The island is 69 square mile. Basseterre is the capital. Nevis is 45 square miles Charlestown is the capital
Volcanic in origin;
ST KITTS: highest peak is Mount Liamiuga at 3,972 feet
NEVIS: highest elevation is
Mount Nevis at 3,232 feet.
Pleasant tropical termperatures ranging from 17 to 33 degrees C. Humidity is low. November to May are the driest months;
rain averages 55 inches in St Kitts, 48 inches in Nevis.
English is the official language, but it is spoken with a distinct accent and West Indian idioms
Atlantic Standard Time throughout the year. 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD). U.S. bills are accepted by most stores and businesses and change is given in E.C. currency. U.S. coins are not accepted.
$1.00 USD = 2.70 XCD
Banks are open Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm; Friday 8am-4pm. Each bank provides 24 hour ATM services
A 10% service charge is normally included in hotel bills. In restaurants, leave 10%-15%.
Saint Kitts and Nevis has a government which can be described as: Constitutional Monarchy
Service charge / tipping : it is customary for hotels to add a 10 to 12 percent service charge and for restaurants to add a 10 to 15 percent service charge. If a gratuity for service has not been included, leave 10 to 15 percent.
Customs and Etiquette
People on St. Kitts & Nevis dress casually but smartly. Dinner dress is generally described as “casually elegant.” Short shorts, bikinis, bare feet and bare chests are not considered appropriate in town or in stores or restaurants. Topless and nude bathing are illegal, and visitors should adhere to local customs
To call for emergency assistance, dial 911.
• Hospital: Joseph N. France General
Hospital (St Kitts) 465-2551
• Hospital: Alexandra Hospital (Nevis)
• Police: (St.Kitts) 465-2241
• Fire: 465-2515, (Nevis) 469-3444
Airline Gateway Frequency
American Airlines - New York City - Saturdays
British Airways London – Gatwick - Wednesday & Saturday
Delta - Atlanta - Saturday
Seaborne Airlines - San Juan - Daily
Coordinates: 17.3578° N, 62.7830° W
Driving is on the left hand side. Rental cars are available on the island from several rental agencies. A visitors dirver’s licesne cost $62.50 EC and is available from any police station or from the car rental agency.
Drive slowly and defensively—people often stop along the roads without warning to chat; also it is common to see animals, such as goat, sheep, cows, and donkeys on the roads.
Often young children walk to school on the roads.
The cost of gasoline is high – about $3.90 per gallon — but then there’s not that far to go, so it doesn’t cost much to run a car.
• Banks: Open daily 8am - 2pm
Fridays until 4pm
• Post Office:
Monday -Tuesday 8am – 4pm
Wednesday - Friday 8am - 3.30pm
Monday-Friday 8am – 3.30pm
Open Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm
Saturday 8am - 1pm
Public water is potable and bottled water is widely available. It is best to conserve water when possible. Electrical service is usually 110V in hotels, 220V is common on the
Taxis are widely available on the island. They are usually vans and carry a yellow license plate with a “T”. For taxis, call 465-8487 or 465-4253; 465-7818 after hours.
Nevis: 469-1483. Buses are also mini-vans and have a green plate with an “H.” Buses run around the island all day.
Most banks on the island have ATM machines, which accept CIRRUS and PLUS cards. ATM cards are accepted at most bank machines and funds are given in EC dollars
Most hotels, restaurants, and larger stores accept credit cards, but local businesses seldom do. Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.