St Kitts and Nevis - Frequently Asked Questions
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- When is the best time to go?
- Do you need a visa?
- How can I get there?
- What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
- What is there to see and do?
- What resorts would you recommend?
- Where are the best beaches?
- When is the music festival?
When is the best time to go?
The busiest period in St Kitts and Nevis is between mid-December and mid-April, with winter temperatures averaging in the high 20s, while the driest weather is between February and June. The majority of the island's rain falls between July and November, which is also hurricane season and coincides with the hot summer months when room rates are also cheaper and the hotels are considerably less busy.
Do you need a visa?
British citizens don't need to apply for a visa prior to travelling to St Kitts and Nevis. A six-month visa will automatically be granted on arrival. Likewise, EU citizens are automatically granted a three-month or one-month visa upon arrival without needing to previously apply for it. Passports need to be valid for at least six months after departure from St Kitts and a valid return ticket must be shown as proof of onward travel to the country of origin as well a proof of sufficient fund for the duration of the stay.
How can I get there?
There are no direct flights to St Kitts, although you can reach the destination in around ten hours on a British Airways route that stops in Antigua. American Airlines is another carrier that offers regular services to the Caribbean island departing from London Heathrow and making a stopover in Miami. The following airlines run connecting flights to St Kitts from the U.S. . American Airlines, Delta Airlines, US Airways and Winair.
What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, although US dollar bills are widely accepted in many stores - note that coins typically won't be taken, though. If you need change, this will be given in the local currency. There are ATMs available across the island, with Visa and MasterCard being both accepted.
What is there to see and do?
St Kitts and Nevis is one of the quieter Caribbean destinations and an excellent place to unwind in the sun. It's home to numerous beautiful beaches, some of which have calm waters making them perfect for snorkelling and others that boast good waves for surfing. A host of other water sports are available here too, including sailing, scuba diving, jet skiing and kite surfing. Away from the beaches there are some excellent golf courses, exciting hiking trails and adventurous zip-line courses through the rainforest. There are also some interesting historical sites to explore, including Brimstone Hill Fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The enclave was constructed by the British in the 17th and 18th centuries and offers a fascinating insight into the Caribbean's past. In addition, you'll also find some of the old sugar plantations, such as the Eden Brown Estate and Romney Manor, which are worth a visit. The St Kitts Scenic Railway is also worth checking out, as it's one of the
What resorts would you recommend?
There are many outstanding resorts in St Kitts and Nevis, with little large-scale developments having occurred here. You can find unrivalled luxury in hotels, as well as more affordable, but not less quality, options. It's best to speak to one of our knowledgeable travel advisors about the kind of holiday you'd like to have in St Kitts and Nevis and they will recommend resorts for you accordingly.
Where are the best beaches?
There are many beautiful beaches along the coast of the two islands, although some of the best are Sandy Bank Bay, with its white sand and sheltered sea, South Friars Bay, which is on the Caribbean Sea side of the isle, and Turtle Beach, a glorious strip of golden sand with an excellent restaurant - The Beach House.
When is the music festival?
The St Kitts Music Festival lasts for four days each year and presents a fantastic chance to see all kinds of performers from across the Caribbean, as well as international artists. The date of the festival changes each year - it was held at the end of June in 2013 - so check online for the precise dates if you'd like to attend, or contact one of our travel advisors.
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In a joint partnership with British Airways, St Kitts has branded ten London taxis with images of the St Kitts' Scenic Railway, and put them on the streets of London. The campaign will run for 12 months and will promote the Caribbean nation to Londoners going about their daily lives. Promotional initiatives will take place throughout the year including social media activities and competitions.
Following the success of this year's festival, St Kitts and Nevis in the eastern Caribbean has announced that it will host the second Nevis Blues Festival next 14-16th April 2016, showcasing the best blues talent from around the world in the idyllic setting of Nevis' Oualie Bay beach.
The St Kitts Tourism Authority has announced that the annual St. Kitts Music Festival will take place from 25th to 27th June, 2015. This year's event will feature live music from RandB, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, rock, calypso, gospel and contemporary music artists, and previous headliners have included John Legend, Lionel Richie, and Shaggy.