The two islands comprising the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis lie 3 km apart across a channel called The Narrows and are of volcanic origin. The country’s highest peak is Mount Liamuiga, an extinct volcano rising 1,156 m (3,792 ft) above sea level.
Christopher Columbus discovered this piece of paradise, then inhabited by Carib Indians, in 1493. The Spaniards did not colonise the islands, unlike the English and the French who vied for supremacy till 1783, when the dominion was ceded to the British crown. Exactly 200 years later, the islands gained independence as the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, a sovereign state within the Commonwealth.
The islands are a free trade zone, but that’s just one of their many charms – think sandy beaches, coral reefs, rainforests and coconut groves, salt lakes, Victorian architecture, warm and welcoming locals. In other words, St. Kitts and Nevis is the perfect holiday destination all year round, apart from the hurricane season which lasts from August to October.
DATA AND FACTS:
The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is an Eastern Caribbean state comprising the islands of St. Kitts (also known as St. Christopher) and Nevis.
Area: 261 km²
Climate: tropical, average air temperature 26° C, average water temperature 27° C
Population: around 50,000
Official language: English
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Local Time: Thursday 27th of July 2017 - 02:42:04 PM
Country code: 1 869