SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
Capital | Basseterre
Population | 49,898 (July 2010 est.)
Area | 261 SQ KM
Official Language | English
Holidays | Independence Day, 19 September (1983 – from the UK)
Currency | East Caribbean dollars (XCD)
Time Zone | UTC -4
Best Time to Visit | Year-round
Connecting with the Culture | Visiting and staying in a cozy plantation inn. Walking along the coconut-lined Pinney’s beach in Nevis. Exploring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park with its historical significance and costal views. Diving amongst rays, barracuda, garden eels, nurse sharks, sea turtles, sea fans, giant barrel sponges and black corral. Wandering around the seaside village of Old Road Town to see vintage sugar cane trains hauling loads of freshly cut cane from the fields to the mills.
Read | Sir Fred Phillip’s memoirs Caribbean Life and Culture: A Citizen Reflects for a personal account.
Listen | to West Indian and African influenced music
Eat | fresh fish and seafood
Drink | Cane Spirit Rothchild (CSR), a clear sugar cane spirit, by itself or with Ting, a grapefruit soft drink.
In a Word | Put your feet up
Characteristics | sugar, snorkeling, plantation estates, beaches, cricket.
Surprises | The federation of these two islands forms the smallest nation in the Western Hemisphere. While Kittians and Nevisians amicably coexist - and most Nevisians live on St Kitts – they are fierce rivals. Their annual cricket match is an intense affair.
NEWS ABOUT SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS:
St. Kitts & Nevis PM Completes Investment Trip to India
(HN, 3/28/12) - St Kitts & Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas concluded his official visit to India with a trip to the Taj Mahal this weekend. Douglas, who called the visit a “hectic, but successful” trip, said it was an education in the “resourcefulness of a people in a country with vast resources & potential which, less than 20 years ago, was at the point of bankruptcy.” The Prime Minister & the delegation were invited on a 4 hour “pilgrimage” from New Delhi to the landmark, which is located in Agra, India’s former capital. (Read more at Caribbean Journal)