St Kitts and Nevis

The islands of St Kitts (officially named St Christopher) and Nevis are in the north part of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Slightly off the beaten track, neither island is overrun with tourists; St Kitts is developing its southern peninsula where there are sandy beaches, but most of the island is untouched. Rugged volcanic peaks, forests and old fortresses produce spectacular views, and hiking is very rewarding. Two miles away, the conical island of Nevis is smaller, quieter and very desirable. Plantation houses on both islands have been converted into some of the most romantic hotels in the Caribbean, very popular with honeymooners. While one federation, the sister islands are quite different. St Kitts, the larger, is more cosmopolitan and livelier, while Nevis is quieter and more sedate. Wherever you go on these two small islands there are breathtaking, panoramic views of the sea, mountains, cultivated fields and small villages.

Getting there

There are direct flights from London Gatwick, Miami, Charlotte and Philadelphia in the USA and winter services from Toronto to St Kitts, but otherwise you have to fly to a neighbouring island such as Puerto Rico and change planes. Cruise ships call at St Kitts, but links by boat with other islands are few and informal.

Getting around

Buses
on both islands are cheap and speedy. Drivers are generally very obliging and, if asked, may even divert their route to accommodate you. They run from very early in the morning until 2300 on St Kitts, but on Nevis there is a reduced service after 1600 and very few after 1800. Buses are identified by their green H registration plate, flag them down with a wave.
Cars
, jeeps and mini mokes can be hired from a variety of agencies on both islands. Driving is on the left. The main road on St Kitts is, for the most part, very good and motorists, especially bus drivers, can drive very fast. On Nevis the paved road round the island is good except in the northeast, but storm ditches frequently cross it, so drive slowly and carefully. Parking in both Basseterre and Charlestown is difficult.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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