St. Kitts & Nevis

nevis map

Here is some information about my new home – Charlestown, Nevis (St. Kitts & Nevis) – from Wikipedia.

Nevis is a small island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies. It is located near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 350 kilometers east-southeast of Puerto Rico and 80 kilometers west of Antigua. The capital is Charlestown.

Nevis and the island of Saint Kitts to the northwest form the Federation of Saint Kitts andSaint_Kitts-Nevis.geohive Nevis. The two islands are separated by a shallow two-mile (3.22 km) channel known as “The Narrows”. Nevis is conical in shape with a volcanic peak known as Nevis Peak at its center. The island is fringed on its western and northern coastlines by sandy beaches that are composed of a mixture of white coral sand with brown and black sand, which was eroded and washed down from the volcanic rocks that make up the island. The gently-sloping coastal plain (0.6 miles/1 km wide) has natural freshwater springs as well as non-potable volcanic hot springs, especially along the western coast.

Nevis is of particular historical significance to Americans because it was the birthplace and early childhood home of Alexander Hamilton. For the British, Nevis is the place where Horatio Nelson was stationed as a young sea captain, and is where he met and married a Nevisian, Frances Nisbet, the young widow of a plantation-owner.

The majority of the approximately 12,000 citizens of Nevis are of primarily African

Ferry dock and Nevis Peak

Ferry dock and Nevis Peak

descent. English is the official language, and the literacy rate, 98 percent, is one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere.

An ambitious infrastructure development program has been introduced during the last 10 years, including a transformation of the Charlestown port, construction of a new deep-water harbor, resurfacing and widening the Island Main Road, a new airport terminal and control tower, and a major airport expansion, which required the relocation of an entire village in order to make room for the runway extension.

The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), which is shared by eight other territories in the region (US1$ = 2.7 EV$).

The major source of revenue for Nevis today is tourism. During the 2003–2004 season,

Charlestown harbor

Charlestown harbor

approximately 40,000 tourists visited Nevis. A five star hotel (The Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies), four exclusive restored plantation inns, and several smaller hotels, are currently in operation. Larger developments along the west coast have recently been approved and are in the process of being developed.

There are visible wave-breaking reefs along the northern and eastern shorelines. To the south and west, the reefs are located in deeper water and are suitable for scuba diving. The most developed beach on Nevis is the 6.5 kilometer long Pinney’s Beach, on the western or Caribbean coast. There are sheltered swimming beaches in Oualie Bay and Cades Bay. The eastern coast of the island faces into the Atlantic Ocean, and can have strong surf in parts of the shore, which are unprotected by fringing coral reefs.

The climate is tropical with little variation, tempered all year round (but particularly from

Charlestown street

Charlestown street

December through February) by the steady north-easterly winds called the trade winds. There is a slightly hotter and somewhat rainier season from May to November.

Nevis lies within the track area of tropical storms and occasional hurricanes. These storms can develop between August and October. This time of year has the heaviest rainfalls.

Charlestown mapharbor and volcanostreet

2 Responses to St. Kitts & Nevis

  1. 2bagsandapack says:

    Hey Kathi – I don’t have a lot positive to say about St. Kitts-Nevis, but I was not there for a stay in one of the resorts. The islands are beautiful for a vacation but living on Nevis was like divorcing myself from a social life. Also very expensive to live there.

  2. Hi there, new to your blog. Looks interesting. Heading to Kitts/Nevis next week for a week. Trying to navigate around your site. Is there an area that gives more detail on your stays in each place. Day to day living, expenses. Just curious. I will continue to search around. Love to hear from you. We are retiring in the next year. Caribbean is on my mind but Spain is first! Going to take a scouting trip the end of the year to Spain. Thanks again. Kathi & Dennis kathi.gaffney@gmail.com

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