Saint Kitts and Nevis, or officially the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, is a federal two-island tropical country located in the West Indies, one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago. Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in terms of area and population. The country is among the first islands in the Caribbean where the Europeans settled. Saint Kitts and Nevis was titled “Mother Colony of the West Indies” because it became the home of the first French and English colonies in the Caribbean. Its capital city and headquarters is Basseterre in Saint Kitts, the larger island of the two. Nevis lies approximately 2 miles (3km) southeast of Saint Kitts.
Because Saint Kitts and Nevis are tropical islands, expect to see remarkable natural sceneries, not to mention, you’ll find rare species of tropical birds and monkeys, the latter which have been introduced by pirates. Best of all, the entire country provides a majestic view of the Caribbean. There are plenty of places that you can visit in the country, of course. Brimstone Hill Fortress in Saint Kitts is a well-preserved example of 17th- and 18th-century military architecture and was in fact, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax, swim, and have fun at the golden sandy beach of South Frigate Bay or at the beautiful palm-lined, powdery beach of Nisbet Bay. Upper Round Road provides excellent opportunities for hiking and trekking. Saddle up at Nevis Equestrian Center and explore its sandy scenery on the back of a horse. You can also go on a guided tour via Annie Fontaine Walking Tours, where you’ll learn much about the state in just two hours. Dive in some of the best and most beautiful diving sites in the world, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. There’s not only a vast range of reefs and marine life to see, but also caves and shipwrecks. Some of the top diving sites in the country are Friars Bay Reef and Monkey Shoals for beginners, Sandy Point (a National Marine Park), Wreck of River Taw, M.V. Talata Wreck, Wreck of the Corinthian, Turtle Bar, Frigate Bay Reef, Nags Head, and Aquarium.
How to get around within Saint Kitts and Nevis
There is a railroad tour offered that goes through parts of the narrow gauge railroad which was previously used for the sugar mill. Organised train tours are offered for travellers that arrive via cruise ships visiting the island. There are also micro buses that run around, which are cheaper than taxis. If you are getting in a taxi, make sure that you negotiate the fare with the driver first. You can also hire the taxi for the day, if you prefer. Both buses and taxis run the same areas.
How to get there
There are two ways to get into the islands: by plane or ship. If you are planning to get in via air, there are two airports in the country, one on each island. There’s Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in Basseterre in Saint Kitts and Vance W. Amory International Airport in Charlestown, Nevis. Some of the airlines that operate at these airports are American Airlines and British Airways, as well as charter flights from Skyservice. By boat, there is a cruise ship terminal and a marina for yachts located in Basseterre.
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