Facts about St. Kitts and 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, 4,000 miles from London and about 45 minutes by plane from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The island is 69 square miles with a population of 31,880. Basseterre is the capital.

Nevis is a 36-square-mile island, and lies near the top of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 200 miles south of Puerto Rico, and just west of Antigua. This island jewel is approximately 7 miles long and 5 miles wide, with natural vegetation that is unparalleled Its 10,000 residents are friendly and helpful, ready to make new friends and welcome back regular visitors.

Time:

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

Banks:

Credit Union
Bank of Nova Scotia
First Caribbean International Bank
Royal Bank of Canada
St. Kitts Nevis-Anguilla National Bank
Development Bank of St. Kitts & Nevis

Banks are open Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm; Friday 8am-4pm

Language:

English.

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.

Phones:

The area code for St. Kitts is 1-869.

Internet Service:

Internet services are available at all of the hotels, as well as from an Internet Cafe in the capital. Broadband connections (DSL & Cable) are also available, as are Web developing and hosting technology.

Radio and Television:

St. Kitts-Nevis is served by ten (10) radio stations, namely:
ZIZ - 96.0 FM
BIG WAVE- 96.7 FM
GOODWILL RADIO - 104.5 FM
WINN FM - 98.9 FM
CHOICE FM - 105 FM
SUGAR CITY ROCK - 90.1 FM
RADIO ONE - 94.1 FM
KYSS FM 102.3
VON Radio 895 AM
Choice FM 105.3
The Cable system provides at least 53 Cable TV Channels, including the local broadcasters ZIZ, CNN, ESPN and BBC.

Electricity:

The domestic market is served by a 230 volt single phase supply. However, a 117 volt supply is available in most hotels, villas and apartments.

Water:

The water is of good quality and suitable for drinking. It is collected from direct precipitation, mountain springs and wells, and is chemically treated for purification. Locally bottled water is also available.

Health:

There are no particular health concerns associated with St. Kitts. Therefore, special vaccines are usually not required. Modern ambulatory services are available and there are specialists in most fields of medicine.

Pets:

St. Kitts is quite a pet-friendly island. As such, we have put in place a set of protocols to facilitate those who would like to travel with their pets, specifically cats and dogs. These regulations serve to protect the interests of you, the pet's owner, the destination and, indeed, the pets themselves. We look forward to seeing you and your pet exploring St. Kitts.

What to Wear:

Light summer clothing may be worn all year. Dress is informal, even at elegant hotels and plantation inns, though you may want to dress up a bit for a nice dinner. Nudity is not permitted at any beach. Swim wear or scant clothing should never be worn in towns or villages.

Religion:

There are a number of different churches on St.Kitts and Nevis. The predominant religion is the Christian faith. However, there are small Rastafarian, Orthodox and other communities.

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.