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St. Kitts & Nevis

Nevis in the clouds - St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis are a twin-island nation that are part of the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. Nevis (known as "Queen of the Caribees") and St. Kitts are known for their lush, natural vegetation that is more characteristic of islands in the South Pacific. These mountainous islands have an intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters and white sandy beaches that combine to make St. Kitts & Nevis one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. For honeymooners looking for more than just sun, sand and water, St. Kitts has a UNESCO World Heritage site in Brimstone Hill Fortress. Adventure enthusiasts will want to climb the majestic peak of Nevis's volcano. St. Kitts and Nevis offer a nice variety experiences while still offering a degree of solitude making them a superb choice for a Caribbean honeymoon.

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Highlights
St. Kitts:
  • Basseterre - one of the best of the Caribbean's small capitals
  • Old Road Bay - first permanent European settlement in the Leeward Islands
  • Wingfield Estate and Petroglyph's-old estate with a cluster of large boulders marked heavily with pre-Columbian petroglyphic symbols and human figures
  • Brimstone Hill - otherwise known as The Gibraltar of the West Indies, this remarkable fortress is one of the most dramatic spots in the entire Caribbean
  • St. Kitts remains un-crowded and unspoiled, famous around the world for excellent preservation of the eco-systems. Nature lovers will want to take advantage of the various tours through lava formations, tropical forest areas and seaside lagoons. Boating tours and scuba diving expeditions are also favorite activities. Plantation homes have been transformed into grand, intimate inns. Quaint shopping areas and beautiful Colonial architecture draw visitors to the tiny towns. If a quiet vacation in a luxurious and alluring corner of paradise is what you seek, you will find it in St. Kitts.
Nevis:
  • The Alexander Hamilton House - birthplace of the great American statesman Alexander Hamilton
  • The Jewish Cemetery - a reminder of the island's past when Sephardic Jews brought to the island the secret of how to crystallize sugar, a technique that had been discovered and protected by the Portuguese and the Spanish
Geography/Environment
St. Kitts is 23 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest point, encompassing an area of 68 square miles. The island's point of highest elevation is Mt. Liamuiga, at 3,792 feet. Nevis, the smaller island, lies to the south and is approximately 7 miles in diameter, covering a total of 36 square miles. The two islands are separated by a channel two miles wide.
Activities

Activities include hiking through the islands' rain forests via foot or on the back of a horse, golfing on internationally ranked golf courses, fishing, bird watching, boating and diving or snorkeling through underwater reefs and unexplored wrecks. There are also a number of historic points of interest, including restored fortresses, haunted plantations, and ancient petroglyphs.

St. Kitts boats a wide variety of beaches which range in character from the sparkling black sands of the northeastern side of the island, through to the grey sands and the golden sands which give way to a whiter hue as one travel towards the end of the southeast peninsula.

Nevis is a nature lovers dream come true from the abundant bird wildlife and monkeys on land to exotic creatures of the sea, including giant sea turtles. This land is sure to wet the palate of any animal lover.

Climate and Weather
Average temperature of 79ºF degrees with low humidity and constant trade winds. Average rainfall is 55 inches per year.
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Destination Wedding Information
Administrative Fee: U.S. $20 if resident for 15 days or more; $80 if resident for 2 working days.
  • Waiting period: 2 working days
  • Canadian and American citizens: birth certificate with photo ID or citizenship card
  • Proof of divorce or death certificate
  • If Minister is to perform ceremony, letter from home priest stating couple is unmarried
  • Documents not in English must be translated and notarized
  • If under 18 years of age, notarized letter indicating parental consent required