St Kitts and Nevis
Top tip: You’ll never see a traffic light
The islands have a hot and tropical climate tempered by trade winds throughout most of the year. The driest period is from January to April and there is increased rainfall in summer and towards the end of the year.
St Kitts is the larger of the two islands. It is dominated by the now dormant volcano covered by dense tropical forests near the summit. Further down the fertile, cultivated valleys lead to sandy beaches. St Kitts lies in the track of violent tropical hurricanes which are most likely to develop between August and October.
Some 3km to the south and only minutes away by air or ferry across The Narrows channel is the smaller island of Nevis, which is almost circular in shape. Known as Queen of the Caribbean, Nevis has lush green volcanic scenery. The central peak of the island, Nevis Peak, is 985m high and its tip is usually capped with white clouds.
Facts and Figures
|Language||English is the official language.|
|Religion||Christian, chiefly Anglican, with some minority groups including Rastafarianism.|
|Time||GMT – 4|
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