St. Kitts and Nevis

The ‘two islands’ country of St Kitts and Nevis was once known as the ‘Gibraltar of the West Indies.’ The islands are the Caribbean’s oldest territories. 

The islands are very volcanic with lush tropical vegetation and famous for their white and black sand volcanic beaches. One side of the country has white sandy beaches and the other black sandy beaches – a natural wonder! The island of St. Kitts is the third most developed island in the Caribbean and the 72nd most developed in the world. 

Nevis, the smaller of the two islands is known for its pristine beaches, vividly green scenery, blue skies, clean air and a vacation playground for sun-seekers and diving enthusiasts. This sublime beauty, a mere three miles or a 10-minute ride from its sister isle, is very laid back and unspoiled and is sometimes called the hidden treasure of the Caribbean.  It is also known for having one of the highest literacy rates in the world, and yes? the World!

St. Kitts Scenic Railway

The island is among the Caribbean’s superb destination for eco-tourism. The islands possess a stunning range of unspoiled eco-systems from coral reefs to the lush density of exotic flora and fauna of the rainforests to the mile-long crater rim of the volcano that sits dormant on the island.  Among the tropical forests can be found a rare and colorful flock of birds and butterflies, as well as the iconic green vervet monkeys, which are as popular as the historic buildings, and white sand beaches on the island.

The principal agricultural products of St Kitts are sugar cane, and peanuts respectively. On Nevis sea island, cotton and coconuts are the major products. Other commodities such as sweet potatoes, onions, vegetables, and breadfruit are also grown on the island, but mainly for local consumption.  The fertile soil of the country supports the growth of a variety of fruits and vegetables. The island traditionally depended on the production of sugar cane, but that has been reduced considerably in the past years and the island now depends on tourism, export-oriented manufacturing, and offshore banking activity.

There are also electronic plants that produce pieces of equipment like switches, radios, and other industries like clothing and shoe manufacturing. A unique interest of the island is that it possesses the only remaining active railway in the West Indies, which is now used for tourists’ tours. 

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From language, art, music to cuisine the people of St. Kitts/Nevis have always found unique ways to express their culture and lifestyle. While experiencing the cultures of British and West African heritage, this generation has come to accept the importance of their cultures including, religion, festival celebrations, and music which have become a way of life in St Kitts and Nevis. The island boasts a population of over 50,000, of which about 90% are of African descent. The island has a thriving cultural scene of music and dance which is represented at their annual carnival celebrations.

There are so many reasons to visit the land of a thousand treasures from splashing in the pristine waters; to swaying to a soca beat; to having a bonfire on the beach sipping local rum; or just taking a scenic ride on a 100-year-old railway train, are just a few of the reasons the locals will welcome you to the beautiful island of St Kitts and Nevis.

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