St. Kitts is reached by scheduled airline flights
from San Juan, St. Martin, or Antigua. From December to April, direct charter
flights are available from Boston, Chicago and Detroit
Our Caledonian flight to St. Kitts was the first time Carol and I had ever flown with a lady pilot
Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport
on St. Kitts, located approximately 2 miles from Basseterre, is capable of
handling wide-bodied jets.
From the US:
American Airlines Eagle, Continental Express,
on Nevis is approximately 1/2 mile from Charlestown. It can handle only smaller,
twin-engine propeller aircraft.
Air St. Kitts/Nevis - (869) 469-9241
Approximate flight times:
New York - 4 hours
Travelling around St Kitts and Nevis
Visitors require a temporary driver's license, valid for one year, which can be obtained from the Police Traffic Department for a fee of EC$50. All traffic keeps to the left (as in England), and international highway signs are used.
Fares are fixed, and can be negotiated
beforehand. Rates increase 50% between 10:00pm and 6:00am and there is an
additional 20% for arranged trips between 6:00pm and 6:00am.
Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport to Basseterre - $US 7.00
Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport to Frigate Bay - $US 11.00
Newcastle Airport to Charlestown - $US 14.00
Travelling between St Kitts and Nevis
Ferry Service Between Basseterre, St. Kitts and
Charlestown, Nevis: The Caribe Queen leaves twice a day Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. The trip takes 45 minutes and costs
EC$20.00 (or US$8.00).
Ports: There is a deep water port at Basseterre (St. Kitts). Charlestown (Nevis) has a 368 ft. by 26.25 ft, pier with a draft of 15 feet at the head.
As part of the town expansion project under way in St. Kitts, a deep water cruise ship facility has been constructed in the heart of Basseterre, capable of accommodating the largest megaships.
Work is under way on the development of a port facility at Long Point (Nevis), to handle cargo and provide berthing for mini cruise ships.
General Tourist information on St Kitts and Nevis
|Tipping/Gratuities: Same as in
the US--10% to 15%, depending on the service. Some restaurants and hotels will
automatically add a 10% gratuity. If you are in doubt, do not feel
uncomfortable asking. Usually, porters and bellhops receive 50 cents per bag,
taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.
You can pay by US dollars or EC dollars, but the fare is likely to be cheaper if you pay local currency.
Currency/Money: The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, which is fixed to the US dollar. Recent exchange rate was US$1.00 = EC$2.70. US currency, travellers cheques and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.
Banks: Bank of Nova Scotia, Barclays Bank PLC, Royal Bank of Canada, St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Ltd., Bank of Nevis Ltd., Nevis Co-Operative Banking Co. Ltd. Banking hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The St. Kitts & Nevis National Bank is also open from 8:30 am - 11:00 am on Saturdays.
Telephones: Calling the U.S. is easy from St. Kitts & Nevis. Most hotels offer USA Direct calling service, or they can connect you with a U.S. operator.
Dialling Instructions: To call St. Kitts and
Nevis, dial the access code (I from the US), plus the area code (869),
plus the city codes (Basseterre 465/466; Charlestown 469), then the
4-digit local number.
Drinking Water: Safe spring water comes from numerous volcanic springs.
Dress code: Beach
attire is appropriate for the beach but not the town, shops or restaurants.
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern Daylight Time.
Medical Facilities: St. Kitts & Nevis has doctors on call at hotels and a 24-hour Casualty Department. Recompression chambers are available by air ambulance at nearby Saba and in St. Thomas. Pharmaceutical services are widely available.
Passports and Immigration: U.S. and Canadian citizens need proof of citizenship: a passport, birth certificate or voters' registration card. U.S. residents need their green card. All others require a valid passport. A return or continuing ticket is also required.
Shopping Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. On Thursdays, most shops close for the afternoon.
Personal Safety: St. Kitts &
Nevis are relatively crime free, but exercise normal precautions.
St Kitts useful contact numbers
Ministry of Trade a-ad Industry:
Church Street, P.O. Box 186, Basseterre.
Tel: (869) 4652521/4106; Fax: (869) 465-1778.
Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry & Commerce:
Kitts-Nevis Manufacturers' Association:
of Tourism, Culture and the Environment:
Pelican Mall, P.O. Box 132, Basseterre.
Kitts-Nevis Hotel Association:
Urban Development Corp. Ltd.:
Nevis useful contact numbers
The Cotton House, Mar Street, Charlestown. Tel: (869) 469-5521; Fax: (869) 469-5485
and Nevis Tourism Office Canada:
Caribbean Investment Promotion Service (ECIPS) USA:
St. Kitts and Nevis USA: Minister
414 East 75th Street, New York, N.Y.
St. Kitts and Nevis USA:
Department of Commerce:
Commission for the Eastern Caribbean States:
112 Kent Street, Suite 1610,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada KIP 5P1
Tel: (613) 236-8952; Fax: (613) 436-3402
Central Bank: Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)- PC,. Box 89, Basseterre; Tel: (869) 465-2537; Fax: (869) 465-1051.
St Kitts and Nevis Tourism Offices
|In the US:
New York City
St. Kitts & Nevis Department of Tourism
414 East 75th Street, Suite 5
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 535-1234 / (800) 582-6208
Fax: (212) 734-6511
Manager: Robert Kelly
St. Kitts-Nevis Tourism Office
8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 905
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3602
Tel: (301) 587-1555 / (877) 533-1555
Fax: (301) 587-0647
Tourism Officer: Abdullah Skerritt.
In the U.K.:
In St. Kitts and Nevis:
Department of Tourism
Pelican Mall, Bay Road
P.O. Box 132
Basseterre, St. Kitts, W.I.
Minister of Tourism:
Nevis Tourism Bureau
St. Kitts and Nevis Hotel