The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas. This dual-island country in the West Indies lies in the Leeward Islands chain of the Lesser Antilles and forms part of the British Commonwealth states. The official language here is English. The predominant religion is Christianity.

The local currency is Eastern Caribbean Dollar. The approximate exchange rate is EC$2.7 for US$1. The currency exchange is available at banks. ATMs are widely accessible. All major credit cards are accepted. The traveler’s cheques are also not hard to exchange. However, you better make them in US Dollars, to avoid additional charges and commissions.

As for electricity, the country uses types A, B, D and G sockets. You may need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

There is a wide range of cars, bikes, and mopeds to hire. However, you need to be over 25 to do that. It is also best to book the car well in advance. Cars drive on the left side of the road here. Also, although roads are in a rather good condition, the lights are not perfect at night, so you need to be careful.

What the Federation lacks in land mass, it makes up for with natural beauty and intrigue. The landscape is a blend of white sand beaches and lush mountains. Also, if you locate these islands on a map, you will notice they bear a striking resemblance to a baseball bat (Saint Kitts) and ball (Nevis).

The Narrows, a three-kilometer-wide channel, separates the two volcanic islands. Even though they are in proximity to one another the two islands differ in many ways. The larger Saint Kitts is home to the Basseterre and Brimstone Hill Fortress, and the Frigate Bay where you will find the party strip and resorts.

On the other hand, Nevis’ popular landmark is a single volcanic mountain, the base of which is surrounded by beaches and the capital city Charlestown. The country’s climate is tropical, with sea breezes, minimal temperature variation and a rainy season lasting from May to November.

August 1, 2016 12:00 am Published by 1 Comment

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