Culture & Heritage

St Kitts and Nevis, a peaceful idyll in the middle of the Caribbean archipelago, is officially known as The Federation of St Christopher and Nevis. With cloud-shrouded peaks and a rolling green landscape surrounded by tranquil turquoise waters, it also boasts a unique and festive culture. Ruled by Britain for 200 years before its independence in 1983, St Kitts’ cultural tapestry is woven from threads of European, African and Carib influence. Kittian music, art and dance traditions are on display throughout the year but most spectacularly during the Christmas Carnival season.

Tourism

The breathtaking natural beauty of its white sandy beaches, sunny skies and sparkling waters makes St Kitts a truly magical place. Its verdant hills, warmth and easy living combined with pristine dive sites, wildlife, abundance of nature activities and luxury resorts will please even the most demanding connoisseur. St Kitts’ petite companion, Nevis, is one of the most unspoilt islands in the Caribbean. Its uncrowded beaches and leisurely pace of life encourages you to stop and fill your soul with its beauty and wonder.

Getting Here & Around

St Kitts is accessible through the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport with scheduled nonstop flights to and from North America, Europe and other Caribbean countries. It also provides facilities for private jets.

Nevis is connected by air to Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, the US and British Virgin Islands and Antigua as well as by ferry to St Kitts.

Basic Info

KNOWN AS
Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis

LANGUAGE
English

MOTTO
Country Above Self

NATIONAL ANTHEM
O Land of Beauty

CAPITAL
Basseterre

INDEPENDENCE
1983

HEAD OF STATE
Queen Elizabeth II, of the United Kingdom and of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Represented by Tapley Seaton, Governor General.

GDP
USD 1.458 BILLION
Per capital USD 25,913

LOCATION
17 North, 62 West; Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles

TIME ZONE
Atlantic Standard Time throughout the year. 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT)

TOTAL AREA
104 square miles

GOVERNMENT TYPE
Parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy

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.

LEGAL SYSTEM
The legal system is based on English Common Law served by a high court of justice, a Court of Appeal and her Majesty’s Privy Council in London. St. Kitts has agreed to be included in the Caribbean Court of Appeals Circuit.

MAIN INDUSTRIES
Agriculture, tourism, light manufacturing.

MAIN AIRPORT
Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB)

CLIMATE
Hot and tropical climate tempered by trade winds throughout most of the year. The driest period is from January to April and there is increased rainfall in summer and towards the end of the year. The average annual rainfall is about 125cm (50in) to 200cm (80in) with a wetter season from May to October.

DRIVES ON THE
Left

CALLING CODE
1-869