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Getting There:  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
Jet service is usually to San Juan Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, Virgin Islands or Antigua, with transfers to lighter aircraft for the final flight to St. Kitts.


St. Kitts: The Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport is located about two miles from Basseterre.

Airlines: To Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw: American Eagle, BWIA, Crusin Air, LIAT, Winair

Flight Times: Miami-3.5 hours-, New York-4.5 hours; San Juan-1 hour.

Air Cargo:
Ainerijet Service Tel: (869) 465-8861.
American Airlines Tel. (869) 465-8490.
BWIA Tel: (869) 465-8444.
Evelyn's Travel Tel: (869) 469-9333. (To Nevis)


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,

From Europe:

British Airways 
Air France 


Newcastle Airport on Nevis is approximately 1/2 mile from Charlestown. It can handle only smaller, twin-engine propeller aircraft.
To Newcastle: Air St. Kitts/Nevis, Carib Aviation, Coastal Air, LINI' and WINAIR. International access to Nevis' Newcastle Airport can be made through St. Kitts, Antigua and St. Maarten.


Air St. Kitts/Nevis - (869) 469-9241 
Carib Aviation - (869) 465-3055 
LIAT - (869) 465-2286 
Nevis Express - (869) 469-9756 
Windward Islands Airways

Approximate flight times:

New York - 4 hours 
Miami - 3 hours 
London - 8 hours 
Antigua - 20 minutes 
Puerto Rico - 1 hour 
St. Maarten - 20 minutes

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. 

Car Rentals:

St. Kitts:
Caines Rent-A-Car Tel: 456-2366 
Choice Car Rental Tel: 465-4422 
Delisle Walwyn Car Rental Tel: 465-8449 
Holiday Car Rental Tel: 465-6507 
Higgins Car Rental Tel: 465-8080 
Island Car Rental Tel: 465-3000 
Kitts Car Rental Tel: 465-1665 
St. Kitts Taxi Association Tel: 465-4253 or 465-8487 
Sunshine Car Rental Tel: 465-2193 
TDC Rentals Ltd. Tel: 465-2991

D&R Rent-A-Car Tel: 469-1922 
Gajor's Car Rental Tel: 469-5367/1439 
Nisbett's Car Rental Tel: 469-9211 
Noel's Car Rental Tel: 469-5199 
Parry's Car Rentals Tel: 469-5917 
Skeete's Car Rental Tel: 469-9458 
Stanley's Car Rental Tel: 469-1597 
Striker's Car Rental Tel: 469-2654 
TDC Rentals Ltd. Tel: 469-5690


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.
Sample fares:

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).
The M.V. Sea Hustler goes back and forth twice a day, 7 days per week and also 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.

International 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.

St. Kitts & Nevis has a US$17.00 airport departure tax, an additional US$1.50 Environmental Levy and a room tax of 7% and service charge of 10%.

Television: Most hotels have 22 cable channels, including CNN, ESPN, the Disney Channel, premium movie channels and local stations.

Electricity: 230 volts, 60 cycles. Most hotels have 110 volts, and converters are available.

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.
Please refrain from short shorts, bikinis and bare chests in these places. Informal, but conservative, clothing is the standard.

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.
For example, don't leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach.

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.

St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry & Commerce:
P.O. Box 332, Basseterre.
Tel: (869) 465-2980; Fax: (869) 465-4490;

St. Kitts-Nevis Manufacturers' Association:
P.O. Box 392, Basseterre. Tel: (869) 465-6626

  Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Environment:
Pelican Mall, P.O. Box 132, Basseterre.
Tel: (869)4654040;
Fax: (869)465-8794.

St. Kitts-Nevis Hotel Association:
P.O. Box 438, Basseterre, Tel: (869) 465-5304; Fax: (869) 465-7746.

St. Kitts Urban Development Corp. Ltd.:
P.O. Box 838, Basseterre.
Tel: (869) 466-5021; Fax: (869)'466-5020.

Nevis useful contact numbers

Industrial Development Unit:
The Cotton House, Mar Street, Charlestown. Tel: (869) 469-5521; Fax: (869) 469-5485

St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism Office Canada:
365 Bay St., Suite 806, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 2ZI

Eastern Caribbean Investment Promotion Service (ECIPS) USA:
3216 New Mexico Avenue,
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016@
Tel: (202) 363-0229; Fax: (202) 363-4328.

Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis USA: Minister Counsellor, 414 East 75th Street, New York, N.Y.
1002L Tel: (212) 535-1234-1 Fax: (212) 734-651 I.

Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis USA:
Building, 3216 New Mexico Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20016. Tel: (202) 686-2636;
Fax: (202) 686-5740.

U.S. Department of Commerce:
Andean/Caribbean Division, Room 3035,
Washington, DC 2023Q Tel: (202) 482-1658;
Fax: (202) 482-0464

High Commission for the Eastern Caribbean States:
112 Kent Street, Suite 1610,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada KIP 5P1
Tel: (613) 236-8952; Fax: (613) 436-3402

OECS High Commission England:
10 Kensington Court, London, W85DL, England. TeI4 (441 71) 937 5514.

Central Bank: Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)- PC,. Box 89, Basseterre; Tel: (869) 465-2537; Fax: (869) 465-1051.


Bank of Nova Scotia
Barclays Bank
Development Bank of St. Kitts-Nevis Royal Bank of Canada
St. Kitts-Nevis Anguilla National Bank Ltd.

Bank of Nevis
Bank of Nova Scotia
Barclays Bank
Development Bank of St. Kitts-Nevis Caribbean Banking Corporation
St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank

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

Washington, DC
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 Canada: 
St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism Office
365 Bay Street, Suite 806 
Toronto, Ontario M5H2V1 
TEL: 416-368-6707 
Fax: 416-368-3934 
Manager: Carolyn James

In the U.K.:  
St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism Office
10 Kensington Court 
London W8 5DL 
TEL: 0171-376-0881 
Fax: 0171-937-6742 
Manager: Ester Smith

In Germany: 
St. Kitts & Nevis Tourism Office
Walter-Kolb Straße 9-11 
60594 Frankfiurt, Germany
Tel: 069 96216413 
Fax: 069 610637
Tourism Rep: Walter Kolb

  In St. Kitts and Nevis:  
Department of Tourism 
Pelican Mall, Bay Road
P.O. Box 132 
Basseterre, St. Kitts, W.I.  
TEL: 869-465-2620/4040 
FAX: 869-465-8794 
Email: mintc&

Minister of Tourism:
Hon. G.A. Dwyer Astaphan
Permanent Secretary/Director:
Mrs. Hillary Wattley

Nevis Tourism Bureau 
Main Street 
Charlestown. Nevis, W.I.  
TEL: 869-469-1042 
FAX: 869-469-1066 
Director of Tourism
Ms. Elmeader Brookes

St. Kitts and Nevis Hotel 
and Tourism Association 

P.O. Box 438
Basseterre, St. Kitts, W.I.  
TEL: 869-465-5304
FAX: 869-465-7746
Executive Director: Mr. Val Henry

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