Facts at a Glance

About St. Kitts & Nevis

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

Topography

Volcanic in origin;

ST KITTS: highest peak is Mount Liamiuga at 3,972 feet

NEVIS: highest elevation is

Mount Nevis at 3,232 feet.


Climate, Language, Time

Climate

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.


Language

English is the official language, but it is spoken with a distinct accent and West Indian idioms

Time

Atlantic Standard Time throughout the year. 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

Language Description

English.


Money

Currency

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.

Exchange Rate

$1.00 USD = 2.70 XCD

Banks are open Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm; Friday 8am-4pm. Each bank provides 24 hour ATM services


Cultural Customs

Tipping Overview

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


Emergencies

To call for emergency assistance, dial 911.

• Hospital: Joseph N. France General

Hospital (St Kitts) 465-2551

• Hospital: Alexandra Hospital (Nevis)

469-5473

• Police: (St.Kitts) 465-2241

(Nevis) 469-5391

• Fire: 465-2515, (Nevis) 469-3444


How To Get Here

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


General Information

Driving

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.

Gasoline

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.

Business Hours

• Banks: Open daily 8am - 2pm

Fridays until 4pm

• Post Office:

ST KITTS

Monday -Tuesday 8am – 4pm

Wednesday - Friday 8am - 3.30pm

NEVIS

Monday-Friday 8am – 3.30pm

• Shops:

Open Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm

Saturday 8am - 1pm


Utilities

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

island.

Taxis and Buses

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.


ATM's and Credit Cards

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.