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Facts At a Glance

Country
Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis

Population
St.Kitts 36,000
Nevis 9,000

Land Area
ST KITTS: 65 square miles
Capital City: Basseterre
NEVIS: 36 square miles
Capital City: Charlestown

Topography
Volcanic in origin;
ST KITS: highest peak is Mount Liamiuga at 3,972 feet
NEVIS: highest elevation is
Mount Nevis at 3,232 feet.

Climate
Pleasant tropical termperatures ranging from 17 to 33 degrees C. Humidity is low. November to May are the driest months;
rain averages 55 inches in St Kitts, 48 inches in Nevis.

Language
English is the official language, but it is spoken with a distinct accent and West Indian idioms.

Time
Atlantic Standard Time. There is no daylight savings time, so the time never changes. (The island does follow “island time”, which means that we follow a relaxed lifestyle.)

Taxes and Tips
Hotels and restaurants collect a 9%
Government tax. They also usually add
a 10% service charge to bills.
Additional tipping is not necessary but is
greatly appreciated if service is good.

Currency
The currency is East Caribbean dollars, commonly called “E.C.” The exchange rate is very stable, around $2.7 EC per $1 U.S. Most local businesses will accept U.S. currency,
but will give back change in E.C. dollars.

ATM’s
Most banks on the island have ATM machines, which accept CIRRUS and PLUS cards. ATM cards are accepted at most bank machines and funds are given in EC dollars

Credit Cards
Most hotels, restaurants, and larger stores accept credit cards, but local businesses seldom do. Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Passports and Visas

Visitors are required to bring either a valid passport or a birth certficate.
Customs and Etiquette
People on St. Kitts & Nevis dress casually but smartly. Dinner dress is generally described as “casually elegant.” Short shorts, bikinis, bare feet and bare chests are not considered appropriate in town or in stores or restaurants. Topless and nude bathing are illegal, and visitors should adhere to local customs.

Emergencies
To call for emergency assistance, dial 911.
• Hospital: Joseph N. France General
Hospital (St Kitts) 465-2551
• Hospital: Alexandra Hospital (Nevis)
469-5473
• Police: (St.Kitts) 465-2241
(Nevis) 469-5391
• Fire: 465-2515, (Nevis) 469-3444

Utilities
Public water is potable and bottled water is widely available. It is best to conserve water when possible. Electrical service is usually 110V in hotels, 220V is common on the
island.

Driving
Driving is on the left hand side. Rental cars are available on the island from several rental agencies. A visitors dirver’s licesne cost $62.50 EC and is available from any police station or from the car rental agency.
Drive slowly and defensively—people often stop along the roads without warning to chat; also it is common to see animals, such as goat, sheep, cows, and donkeys on the roads.
Often young children walk to school on the roads.

Gasoline
The cost of gasoline is high – about $3.90 per gallon — but then there’s not that far to go, so it doesn’t cost much to run a car.

Taxis and Buses
Taxis are widely available on the island. They are usually vans and carry a yellow license plate with a “T”. For taxis, call 465-8487 or 465-4253; 465-7818 after hours.
Nevis: 469-1483. Buses are also mini-vans and have a green plate with an “H.” Buses run around the island all day.

Business Hours
• Banks: Open daily 8am - 2pm
Fridays until 4pm
• Post Office:
ST KITTS
Monday -Tuesday 8am – 4pm
Wednesday - Friday 8am - 3.30pm
NEVIS
Monday-Friday 8am – 3.30pm
• Shops:
Open Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm
Saturday 8am - 1pm

Departure Taxes
$22US payable in cash upon departure from St Kitts. From Nevis $20.50 US


 

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