St. Kitts & Nevis: Travel Tips

Quiet and unspoiled, these tiny islands have an annual temperature of 79 degrees and low humidity. Constant tradewinds make them a favorite destination for windsurfers. Nature lovers, beach-goers, golfers, scuba divers, deep-sea anglers, climbers, and casino fans can also find plenty to do here. December through mid-April is the most popular time to visit the Caribbean, as travelers flee the chilly northern weather for sunny skies, white-sand beaches, and warm temperatures. To get the best rates, visit in the late spring or summer months—or get even better rates by traveling in the fall (September–October).

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Getting To St. Kitts & Nevis

If you are traveling from the west coast, plan on leaving as early as 7 a.m., or take a red-eye flight to Miami, Atlanta, or New York and connect from there. Coming from New York, you can expect to travel approximately five hours, from Atlanta or Miami it can be approximately three hours and as long as eight hours from Seattle. In any case, plan on leaving early or on a red-eye flight from the West Coast.

Flight times

  • 1 hour from Puerto Rico
  • 1 hour from St. Martin
  • 20 minutes from Antigua

Staying In St. Kitts & Nevis

The easiest way to get from St. Kitts to Nevis is via island-hopper plane, which glides over the crystalline Narrows. Low-flying passengers may see the white beaches on St. Kitts’ southeastern peninsula; Mount Liamuiga, a dormant volcano swathed in tropical foliage; and even the marketplace in Basseterre, the capital. Nevis is known for its scenic Road to Nowhere, an aptly named byway where getting away from it all is a priority.

Must-see sights

  • The green flash at sunset at the Sunset Shack in Nevis
  • Historic Basseterre on St. Kitts and Charlestown on Nevis

Things to do

  • Spend a day on Pinney’s beach in Nevis
  • Snorkel White House Bay in St. Kitts
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Traveling In St. Kitts & Nevis

Classic can arrange convenient and comfortable transfers at the time of booking. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel via taxi or shared transfer. In some locations, a private car transfer can be arranged to avoid the stops. Classic can also arrange friendly and fast car-rental service on many of the Caribbean Islands; with an availability of the most popular car rentals, from convertibles to minivans to four-wheel-drive jeeps. Be prepared to drive on the left side of the road on many islands.

While traveling in St. Kitts & Nevis we recommend:

  • Private transfers at time of booking - Most private transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • A valid passport is generally required for entry into the Caribbean and return to the United States.
  • Some countries may also require you to present a return airline ticket.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.

Currency

  • U.S. currency is accepted nearly everywhere you go in the Caribbean.
  • Currency can be exchanged at banks and island hotels (although for slightly more than the standard exchange rate).
  • Most major American and European credit cards are accepted throughout the islands.
  • ATMs are widely available throughout the Caribbean.

Time Difference

  • The islands that make up the Caribbean span several time zones.
  • Most Caribbean islands lie in the Atlantic Standard Time zone, but a few are in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Many of the islands do not observe daylight savings time.

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