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.
Going to St. Kitts & Nevis and wondering where to stay, what to do, where to eat and how to get around? We’ve got you covered with our list of hotels, restaurants, activities, car hire, shopping & more. Browse through for more details.
Choose from hotels, real estate, villas & cottages
Hotels & Resorts
Try watersports, golf, scuba diving, tours & more
Air, Land & Sea
Lime at the bars, dine in the restaurants, take in the entertainment
Casinos, Bars & Lounges
- Bananas Bistro & Boutique
- Boozies at The Beach
- Domino's Pizza
- Dos Gringos TexMex Beach Cantina
- Fisherman's Wharf
- Ital Creations at Fari Organic Farm
- KFC (St.Kitts)
- Marshall's Restaurant
- Oasis in the Gardens Thai Restaurant
- Ottley's Plantation Inn - The Royal Palm
- Shipwreck Beach Bar & Grill
- Spice Mill Restaurant
- Sunset Cafe Restaurant
- The Kitchen Restaurant & Mill Bar
- the Verandah Restaurant
- tiranga authentic indian restaurant
Get information on the island, medical facilities & other services
Shop for souvenirs, local crafts, art, jewellery, clothes & more
Events in January
National Carnival Parade (St. Kitts)
Pageantry, music, dance, food
Open Day at Hamilton House (Nevis)
Alexander Hamilton Birthday & Tea Party
31st Annual Coastal Clean-up (Nevis)
Events in Feburary
Defense of Brimstone Hill Fortress (St. Kitts)
Re-enactment of an18th Century battle
Events in March
14th Annual Cross Channel Swim (St. Kitts)
Bente Weber Memorial Nevis to St. Kitts swim
14th Annual Cross Channel Swim (Nevis)
Bente Weber Memorial swim - Nevis to St. Kitts
Events in April
St. Kitts Golf Open (St. Kitts)
Top amateur players from the region
Nevis Blues Festival (Nevis)
2nd staging of this event
Events in June
20th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival (St. Kitts)
Leading artistes entertain the crowds
Annual Turtle Release (Nevis)
Turtle walks, turtle tagging and turtle camp
Events in October
Seventh Annual Latin Fiesta (St. Kitts)
Music, film, dance and art
Events in November
Oualie Fest (Nevis)
Various shows and events
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.