St. Kitts and Nevis is a two-island federation located in the leeward islands of the Caribbean. Among some of the first islands to be settled in the Caribbean, St. Kitts and Nevis is a historical base like no other. St. Kitts and Nevis were home to the first English and French colonies in the Caribbean as was aptly named The Mother Colony of the West Indies. Prior to the European colonization, Native Americans populated the land for centuries.
St. Kitts has the most stunning attraction on its island. The Scenic Railway takes you around the island, over bridges and through lush greenery. Originally built to transport sugar can to and from plantations and factories, this provides the perfect way to see the island’s natural unspoiled beauty. This, the last railway in the West Indies, is a must see.
Enjoy sandy beaches, hike the rugged terrain, explore the expanding rainforest – there’s so much to do and see on St. Kitts and Nevis. Exceptional diving replete with preserved coral reefs and historical shipwrecks, plentiful fishing, and snorkeling to rival larger reefs can be found on this refreshingly natural island. Golfers agree that St. Kitts has incredible courses and the island is considered a must see for that alone.
Nevis also has many things to entice interested travelers. Hike to Nevis peak on the smaller island and enjoy the chatter of the monkeys in the trees as you make your way. Explore the ruins of sugar estates, snorkel and scuba dive to view the wonder of the undersea world. Enjoy cricket or golf, shop in Charlestown and view beautiful West Indian architecture. The home of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, has been turned into a museum. He was born and spent his childhood on Nevis.
Nevis is also known for its spas and luxurious pampering. Understanding that vacation is for relaxing, the spas on Nevis will make you feel like you are in the lap of luxury. Looking out at the turquoise water and beautiful flowers while feeling gentle hands on your back as you get an invigorating massage, it will be easy to believe.
Enjoy beaches on Nevis and a compelling nightlife. Be as active as you want to be. Days spent listening to the surf roll in and lap against the shore can be as cathartic as a night on the town.
St. Kitts and Nevis offer much to travelers, from physically active treks, to local shopping and nightlife. The food is top notch, the atmosphere is unique, and there is something different to see and do every day. Explore St. Kitts and Nevis and see what the world used to be – what it could be.
Size: St Kitts: 68 square miles & Nevis: 36 square miles
Population: St Kitts: 39,000 & Nevis: 11,500
Demonym: Kittitian or Nevisian
Government: Parliamentary Democracy under British Federal Constitutional Monarchy
Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$)
Main City: St Kitts: Basseterre & Nevis: Charlestown
Main Airport: St Kitts: Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Airport & Nevis: Vance W Amory International Airport
Telephone Country Code: 911
Local Beer: Carib
National Dish: Stewed saltfish with spicy plantains, coconut dumplings and seasoned breadfruit.
Entry Visa: All visitors to St. Kitts and Nevis need to have a valid passport to enter the island and an onward or return ticket. Visas are not needed for citizens of North America and most European Union countries. Visitors can stay for up to 6 months. If you want to stay longer on St. Kitts and Nevis, you will have to apply for an extension at the immigration office in Charlestown;
When To Go: The weather in St. Kitts and Nevis is warm year round. The temperature stays in the 80°F all year and is cooled by trade winds. The wet season is May through October, intersecting with hurricane season. The four-day St Kitts Music Festival in June brings together top-name performers from throughout the Caribbean. July and August are also popular for those attending Culturama the biggest event on Nevis. Carnival in St Kitts begins mid-December and is also a popular time of year to visit the island.
Marriage Requirements: Couples wishing to get married in St Kitts and Nevis will need to obtain a Marriage Licence Application form from the Legal Department, Government Headquarters. This will then need to be completed in the federation and signed in the presence of a Justice the Peace.
Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
• birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
• certificates of no impediment or single status report
Also if applicable:
• divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 18, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor
NOTE: If documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by a notarised translation.
Residency Requirement: None.
Fees: The fees associated with getting married in St. Kitts and Nevis include:
• Marriage Application: US$20
• Stamps (Marriage Licences): US$80
• Affidavit: US$20
• Justice of Peace & Marriage Office: US$100 – US$200
Witnesses: Two witnesses must be present at the ceremony.
Marriage Procedure: If the ceremony is to be performed by a Catholic Priest, it must take place in a Catholic Church, and a letter must come from the couple’s resident priest verifying that they are unmarried and have received necessary instructions. If an Anglican priest or other minister of religion is to perform the ceremony, a letter must come from the couple’s resident minister verifying that they are known and unmarried.