About St Kitts
The islands of St Kitts and Nevis are two islands under the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis Under the federation agreement St Kitts and Nevis share the government. St. Kitts has about twice the population of Nevis and is estimated at 29000 residents.
St Kitts does have a growing ex pat community, whose growth is based on a successful citizenship and residency plan offered by the twin island federation. Very modern residential holiday real estate developments are drawing investors, families and prospective residents to the ST Kitts and Nevis.
St. Kitts is found in the northern part of the Lesser Antilles, with the island called St. Eustacius to the north and Montserrat to the south. St. Kitts was discovered by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the West Indies in 1493. Settlement of the island by Europeans began around the 1600s. The English were the first to settle followed by the French. The French and Spanish fought for control of St Kitts for many years, and in 1783 under the treaty of Versailles, St. Kitts become a British territory. Almost 100 years later, in 1983, the island gained its independence.
The capital town in St. Kitts is called Basseterre, and it’s the main commercial and business area on the island. The well preserved European and Creole architecture found around the islands is actually one of the key tourist attractions on the island. Some well documented historical landmarks in the town of Basseterre include the Clock Tower, Independence Square, The Circus, St Georges Anglican Church and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The main and official language spoken in the twin island federations of St Kitts and Nevis is English. When travelling about St. Kitts the island, visitors can participate in numerous activities offered by a diverse topography. Rain forest dot the island’s center and the coast is lined with pristine white sand beaches. Tourist and local activities in St Kitts include: diving and snorkeling, hiking, golfing, rain forest tours, plantation tours, distillery tours, and so much more.
The people of St Kitts (and Nevis) are generally good natured, warm, sociable and hospitable. They are also extremely patriotic, taking great pride in their heritage, the culture and the islands history.
St. Kitts has an international airport so getting there from Europe and North America is generally easy. The Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (named after the first Premier) is located quite near the capital of Basseterre. There are international (direct) flights from the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom and the neighboring Caribbean islands.
The official currency of St. Kitts is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC). The exchange rate is EC$ 2.70 to US$1. Currencies such as the Canadian Dollar, British Sterling Pound, and European Euro are all accepted at local banks.