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Rose & Jim's Taxi & Tour Service - About St Kitts
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have collated information that you may find useful for your journey to St Kitts. This information is split into three distinct sections:

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Key Island Info - Useful info that you may like to know before visiting
St Kitts History & facts - A quick overview of the history of St Kitts

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Key Island Info

Official Name: Federation of St Christopher & Nevis
Capital: St Kitts - Basseterre; Nevis - Charlestown
Geographic coordinates: 17 20 N, 62 45 W
Area: St Kitts - 68 sq miles; Nevis - 36 sq miles
Climate: Tropical, tempered by constant sea breezes; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)
Population: est. 39, 000 on St Kitts; 11, 000 on Nevis
Literacy rate: 97.8% (2003 est.)
Ethnicity/race: Predominantly black; some British, Portuguese, and Lebanese
Language: English
National holiday: Independence Day, 19 September (1983)
Economy: Tourism, agriculture, fishing, infomatics, light industry & financial services
Monetary unit: East Caribbean dollar ($EC) - US dollar accepted: $1US = $2.7EC approx.
Public transport: Local Buses, Taxis, car & motor bike hire, Inter island ferries & inter island flights
Electricity: Mainly 220 Volts AC, but some hotels and guest houses also have 110 Volts AC
Plugs: American round 2 pin, and British square 3 pin (location specific)
Country code: 869

St Kitts History & Facts

St Kitts (also known as St Christopher) was settled by the British in the year 1623 and became an associated state with full internal autonomy in 1967. The federation originally consisted of St Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla, however in 1971 the island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede. St Kitts and Nevis became independent form Britain on 19th September 1983.

The coastline of St Kitts can loosely be classed as the shape of a guitar, and the island is separated from the sister island Nevis by a 3km-wide channel called “The Narrows”. The long thin section and head of the island is called the South east peninsular, here lies the Great Salt Pond, and in this area the best beaches on the island can be found.

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 majority of the island live within the flatter section of the island directly adjacent to the coast, the steeper interior consists of agricultural lands at lower levels eventually giving way to lush tropical forests.

The agricultural lands at the base of tropical rain forests until recently were predominantly sugar cane fields, however due to changes in market conditions and the dramatic reduction in Sugar prices, it was felt that this industry is no longer viable. The main industries in St Kitts today are tourism, financial services, light industry, agriculture and various service industries.

St Kitts is a beautiful peaceful island, as with many other Caribbean islands it is quite laid back, however St Kitts has quite a unique character that is not found on other islands. Special consideration is given to the environment, with strict building laws which generally prohibit the construction of building that are taller than surrounding palm trees. Eco tourism is gaining popularity on the island as greater emphasis is being place on protecting our beautiful land. Some of the more popular activities include hiking through the lush rain forests, visiting some of our brilliant tropical gardens, or simply trying to spot one of our elusive green vervet monkeys

Other activities that can be undertaken on the island are golfing, fishing, diving or snorkeling and sightseeing to mention but a few.

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