Discovered by Columbus in 1493, St. Kitts and Nevis were settled by the British and French in the early 17th Century.
Using St. Kitts (St. Christopher) as a “Mother Colony” base of operations, British and French explorers traveled the Caribbean, colonizing a wide assortment of islands.
Long associated with Britain, St. Kitts and Nevis gained their total independence in 1983, becoming a (very proud) individual country.
Both of these mountainous islands are volcanic in origin, and covered with lush rain forests, green valleys and miles and miles of pristine beaches.
St. Kitts is today a (growing in popularity) cruise ship destination, and the surrounding waters are a magnet for scuba divers and snorkelers.
Separated by a narrow channel from St. Kitts, Nevis is dominated by the remnants of a single volcano, and famed for its restored sugar plantations (now secluded inns), black sand beaches and local charms.
Both islands are known for their low-key, relaxed atmosphere, and for their welcoming hospitality.
Official Name Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts: (68 sq miles) Nevis: (36 sq miles)
- Population 38,500
- Capital City Basseterre (11,500)
- Languages English (official)
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- Official Currency East Caribbean Dollar
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- Religions Anglican, Protestant, Catholic
- Land Area 104 sq miles (269 sq km)
- Latitude/Longitude 17º 20N, 62º 45W
- Highest Point Mt. Misery (Liamuiga), 3,793 ft. (1,156m)