ABOUT St. Kitts is steeped in history and boasts historic sites to be shared with our visitors: prehistoric Carib Indian grounds – plantation houses turned into hotels and guest houses, remnants of working sugar estates featuring sugar mills bases and chimney stacks – A fortress designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site – underwater caves and ancient wrecks – black and tan-coloured sandy beaches – a glorious botanical garden - majestic mountains to climb, thick verdant rainforests to explore – and guides to guide you to them. New and creative and innovative activities are being introduced. Look for a thoroughbred racetrack that will also feature greyhound racing at the north end of the island. A place to swim with dolphins will be appearing at South Friars Bay. Another championship golf course is due north of Sandy Point. There are over two hundred and fifty recorded historic sites on St. Kitts. The adventurous explorer may choose to rent a car, grab a St. Kitts map and weave in and out of marked and unmarked entrances to old Estate grounds. Others will take a taxi and our wonderful ambassadors will give you colourful stories of our glorious past: The days when Sugar was ‘King’. Many old estates houses and grounds are today plantation inn hotels, research facilities, artist studios, galleries, or private residences.
CLIMATE The driest period is from January to April and there is increased rainfall in summer and towards the end of the year. Rain showers can occur throughout the year. The average annual rainfall is about 50in to 80in with a wetter season from May to October. Like the other Leeward Islands, St Kitts lies in the track of violent tropical hurricanes which are most likely to develop between August and October.
BEWARE The vast majority of visits are trouble-free. Incidents of violent crime including murder do occur. Gun crime is increasing, although these tend to occur within the local community, there have been a number of incidents in the Half Moon Court area, including a double murder and violent attack. You should maintain vigilance at all times even when staying with family or friends. Avoid walking alone in isolated areas, including beaches, after dark. Do not carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. Valuables and travel documents should be left, where possible, in safety deposit boxes and hotel safes. In order to be able to drive a car in St Kitts and Nevis you must purchase a local driving licence, usually from the car hire company, at a cost of EC$ 100. You must show your current driving licence to obtain this. Motorists drive on the left in St Kitts and Nevis. Main roads are generally well maintained but many follow winding routes so careful driving is necessary. Roads are not well lit at night. You must be alert for stray livestock and speed bumps in some areas that are not well marked. Hiring of scooters is popular amongst visitors but safety equipment is not included in the hire price; despite the additional cost this is highly recommended for your own protection. You should be cautious when driving a scooter, as other road users do not always give them due consideration.