The two-island nation of St Kitts and Nevis offer an insight into the Caribbean lifestyle like none other. Beaches, parties, music and an eclectic heritage are as much a part of the two islands as the other islands on the Caribbean archipelago. A small, sovereign state in the Americas in terms of area and population, its capital city Basseterre is located on the larger island of Saint Kitts while the smaller island of Nevis is separated by the shallow channel known as ‘The Narrows’. Sea, sun and surf constitutes a key element in lifestyle of this country along with pristine swathes of rain forest.
Saint Kitts and Nevis Islands have a similar history as the other Caribbean islands. The islands were inhabited by the Native American people known as the Kalinago, who arrived in the islands approximately three centuries ahead of the Europeans. The Spaniards discovered the islands under Columbus in 1493. Eventually, the British finally won the war of control for Saint Kitts and Nevis against France in the 1713. The country achieved complete independence in 1983. A referendum to separate Nevis from the union fell short of the two-third majority in 1998.
The islands are volcanic in origin and are covered with tropical rainforest. The highest peak in the country is the Mount Liamuiga on St. Kitts which stand tall at about 1,156 metres. The majority of the population live near the sea where the land is much flatter and there are numerous fresh water rivers and springs which provide drinking water to the local population.
Saint Kitts and Nevis has a typical tropical climate with constant sea breeze. The rainy season (May to November) is also characterised by tropical storms. The demographics of this country include majority of the people of African descent while the rest are of Afro-European descent. A sizable number of South Asian communities are also present in Saint Kitts and Nevis. English and Creole are the widely spoken languages. Tourism, banking, agriculture and export-oriented small industries are major driving factor of the economy of this Caribbean island nation.
The country is developing at a rapid rate and the local culture is mellow, friendly and infused with Soca beats. The bustling capital of Basseterre is vibrant with plenty of partying and resorts oriented tourism. While the nearby island of Nevis is small with a volcanic mountain filled with rainforest and pristine beaches. The island capital of Charlestown is a typical Caribbean town with lots of fun.
The two-island nation of St Kitts and Nevis offer an insight into the Caribbean lifestyle like none other. Beaches, parties, music and an eclectic heritage are as much a part of the two islands as ...