About St. Kitts & Nevis

The Federation of Saint Kitts, correctly known as St. Christopher, and Nevis are located at 17ᵒ20′N, 62ᵒ49′W. Saint Kitts covers 65mi²/168km² and Nevis 35mi²/93km², the latter dominated by a single dormant volcano (Nevis Peak). The highest point in Saint Kitts is also a dormant volcano - Mount Liamuiga (formerly Mt. Misery) rising to 3,792ft/1,156m. The two islands are separated by a narrow 2mi/3km shallow channel; but during the last ice age, both islands, and the nearby Sint Eustacius, were all one piece of land!

Saint Kitts was originally known as St. Christopher Island, thanks to Columbus sailing by in 1493, but in pre-European times, it was called Liamuiga – meaning ‘fertile ground’. Nevis was known as Oualie (Land of Beautiful Waters) by the Caribs and Dulcina (Sweet Island) by the early British settlers. The name, Nevis, is derived from the Spanish, Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (Our Lady of the Snows).

Fun things to do in Saint Kitts – try the unique narrow gauge St. Kitts Scenic Railway, a 30 mile 3 ½ hour circle tour of the island, swim with the dolphins, dive, sky dive, zipline, watch Batik being made, hike through (dormant!) volcanic craters, visit historical sites, and much more! Nevis is your destination if you fancy a dip in hot mineral springs.

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Transport

Hire a car, jeep, bicycle or scooter to travel around the island

Events

Annual events

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Events in January

1-Jan-17 to 1-Jan-17
National Carnival Parade (St. Kitts)

(Public Holiday)National Carnival Parade Pageantry, music, dance, food
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2-Jan-17 to 2-Jan-17
National Carnival Last Lap Parade (St. Kitts)

(Public Holiday)National Carnival Parade Pageantry, music, dance, food
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6-Jan-17 to 6-Jan-17
Victory Jam Prime Minster's Gala (St. Kitts)

Events in Feburary

4-Feb-17 to 9-Feb-17
Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am Golf Tournament (St. Kitts)

Teams of professional and amateur golfers tee off at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club and Robert Trent Jones II at the Four Seasons Resort
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Events in March

1-Mar-17 to 31-Mar-17
Black San’ Bang-A-Lang (St. Kitts)

Rural community festival in the town of Sandy Point, featuring a Swimsuit pageant, International Artists’ concert, J’ouvert Street Jamming and the Grand Street Parade of Troupes
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26-Mar-17 to 26-Mar-17
15th Annual Cross Channel Swim (St. Kitts)

Bente Weber Memorial Nevis to St. Kitts swim
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Events in April

17-Apr-17 to 17-Apr-17
Aquatic Sports at the Bay Front, Basseterre. (St. Kitts)

TBA to TBA
Spice Fest at Spice Mill Restaurant (St. Kitts)

An annual three night event featuring Celebrity Chefs, Food, Art and More. @ Cockshell Beach
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Events in May

18-May-17 to 5-Jun-17
Cayon Green Valley Community Festival (St. Kitts)

Rural community festival in the Town of Cayon featuring a Queen Pageant, Calypso Show, International Artists’ Night Concert and a Grand Street Parade of Troupes.
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Events in June

3-Jun-17 to 5-Jun-17
The Johnny Walker St. Kitts Open (St. Kitts)

A two-day 36-hole, Stroke Play Tournament played on the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club championship course with both men’s and women’s competitions
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5-Jun-17 to 5-Jun-17
Whit Monday  (St. Kitts)

(Public Holiday)

22-Jun-17 to 24-Jun-17
21th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival (St. Kitts)

A key date in the St. Kitts Calendar which brings genres of music and generations of fans together in a summer event that is distinctive in the Caribbean. Rising local talents are showcased alongside international stars for three consecutive nights of exhilarating performances.
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Events in July

TBA to TBA
Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 Cricket Tournament (St. Kitts)

Popular fixture where St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots play at home in the annual Twenty20 Cricket tournament with matches at Warner Park Stadium.
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19-Jul-17 to 30-Jul-17
3rd annual St. Kitts and Nevis Restaurant Week (St. Kitts)

A Celebration of St. Kitts & Nevis local cuisine during a week which offers visitors and nationals an opportunity to experience special menus at discounted prices across a range of restaurants.
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21-Jul-17 to 2-Aug-17
Nevis Culturama Festival (St. Kitts)

Annual summer festival featuring a Miss Culture Queen Pageant, Culturama Senior Calypso Show and International Artist Night.

Events in August

1-Aug-17 to 1-Aug-17
Emancipation Day (St. Kitts)

(Public Holiday)

18-Aug-17 to 18-Aug-17
Saddle Fiesta Community Festival (St. Kitts)

Community Festival in the town of Saddlers featuring local calypso shows and parades.

16-Aug-17 to 16-Aug-17
National Heroes Day (Public Holiday) (St. Kitts)

(Public Holiday)

19-Aug-17 to 19-Aug-17
Independence Day (Public Holiday) (St. Kitts)

(Public Holiday)

Events in August

TBA to TBA
East Basseterre Community Festival (St. Kitts)

Local community festival featuring a Queen Pageant and Calypso Show, J’ouvert Street.

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Events in October

18-Oct-17 to 24-Oct-17
Eighth Annual Latin Festival or Latin Fiesta (St. Kitts)

An explosion of cultural enlightenment through Latin music, food, arts and festivities.
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Events in November

TBA to TBA
Start of activities for the St. Kitts & Nevis National Carnival. (St. Kitts)

Events in December

TBA to TBA
St. Kitts Nevis National Carnival (Sugar Mas) (St. Kitts)

31-Dec-17 to 31-Dec-17
Children’s Carnival Street Parade (St. Kitts)

History and Culture

Around 100BC the island was inhabited by the agricultural Saladoid people. Around 800AD they were replaced by the Igneri’s, members of the Arawak group. The fierce Caribs (or Kalinago) arrived around 1300 forcing everyone off the island and naming it Liamuiga.

The new arrivals

Christopher Columbus did not stop off at the island he named after his patron saint, but the English landed in 1624 with an intent to stay. Not to be outdone, the French arrived a year later and between them both, killed off all the Caribs at Bloody Point in 1626. The English took over Nevis some two years later. As per usual for these islands, a tussle ensued for dominance over the next 100 years. Sugar was king and both Saint Kitts and Nevis produced impressive good quality cane and rum due to slave labour. The Treaty of Paris, signed in 1783, finally ceded both islands to Britain. Slavery was abolished in 1807.

Even for its small size, Nevis is resplendent with history. Amongst many notable names is the young Admiral Horatio Nelson, who fell in love with and married Frances Nisbett; and a founding father of the United States, Alexander Hamilton was born and spent his childhood on the island. His home now houses the Museum of Nevis history.

A New Era

On September 19, 1983 Saint Kitts and Nevis was granted independence from Britain. The twin island Federation remains a member of The Commonwealth.