SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS TRAVEL GUIDE
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It's known for cloud-shrouded mountains and beaches. Many of its former sugar plantations are now inns or atmospheric ruins. The larger of the 2 islands, Saint Kitts, is dominated by the dormant Mount Liamuiga volcano, home to a crater lake, green vervet monkeys and rainforest crisscrossed with hiking trails.
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SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Basseterre
- Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
- Area: 261 km²
- Population: 52 441 (2018)
- Language: English
- Religion: Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
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SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 8 May, Victory Day
- 14 July, National Day
- 15 August, Assumption
- 9 October, Abolition Day
- 1 November, All Saints Day
- 11 November, Armistice Day
Also, Easter Monday, Ascension Day and Whit Monday.
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Located in the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis experiences warm and humid conditions throughout the year. As with most Caribbean islands, the climate of St. Kitts and Nevis is heavily influenced by the marine environment. The average temperature is 26-28°C in summer months and 24-25°C in the cooler months of December to February. Seasonal and diurnal variations in temperature are small and only at higher elevations do temperatures drop below 17°C. The islands of St. Kitts and Nevis have a wet season between July and December, during which the islands receive up to 150-250 mm of rainfall per month, and a drier season between January and April. Mean annual precipitation on Nevis is about 1170 mm, while the average rainfall in St. Kitts is strongly related to altitude. The central mountain range in St. Kitts receives an annual average of 2,500-4,000 mm in rainfall, while coastal areas receive a more modest annual average of 1,016 mm. Furthermore, in St. Kitts, along the South-East Peninsula (SEP), mean annual precipitation ranges from 990mm on peaks to 864 mm at Cockleshell Bay. The hurricane season extends from June to November when low pressure systems and tropical disturbances pass through the area. The occurrence of hurricanes is strongly linked to the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), with more frequent hurricane activity associated with La Niña events, and less frequent events occurring in El Niño years. Heavy rainfall associated with storms and hurricanes contributes significantly to wet season rainfall totals.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
The best months for outdoor activities in Saint Kitts and Nevis, are December to May when it's driest and least humid. From June to November the rain usually falls in brief, very heavy showers with the peak hurricane season from August to November.
BEACH OPTIONS IN SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
Saint Kitts and Nevis enjoys a hot, tropical climate suitable for beach going all year round. The driest and least humid months are typically from December to May, so these are best for enjoying the beaches. From June to November the rain usually falls in brief, very heavy showers with the peak hurricane season from August to November.
SURFING IN SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
The best months for surfing in Saint Kitts and Nevis is from November to April. The most popular surf spots are North Friars Bay and St. Kitts Marriott Reef.
KITESURF IN SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
There is pretty good wind for windsurfing in Saint Kitts and Nevis from December to April. Turtle Beach is also an ideal spot for learning to Kitesurf.
HEALTH RISKS IN SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
Be aware of possible health risks in
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.