St. Kitts and Nevis: 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know

St. Kitts and Nevis might not be top of mind when you think of the Caribbean, but the dual-island nation is an unspoiled, natural jewel tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

Like many islands in the Lesser Antilles, it is blessed with pristine beaches and verdant forests. There is so much to discover about this former epicenter of sugar cane production.

Read on for 10 things you probably didn’t know about St. Kitts and Nevis.

In terms of both area (104 square miles) and population (52,834), St. Kitts and Nevis is the smallest country in the Caribbean.

Smallest Caribbean Country

The islands are separated by a strait known as The Narrows, which measures 3 kilometers wide. An annual tradition sees participants compete in a race between the islands.

The Narrows

Between the months of May & August, the islands are swathed in a scarlet sheet thanks to the abundance of Royal Poincianas aka flamboyants.

National Flower: Royal Poinciana

Christopher Columbus is believed to have first arrived in St. Kitts in 1493 and the island settled by the Europeans in 1623. Nevis was colonized in 1628.

First English Colony in the Caribbean

The railway was used for sugarcane transportation from plantations to the factory in Basseterre. It was built 1912-1926 & is now used to take visitors on three-hour tours of the island.

Scenic Railway

This park was designed by British military engineers, but constructed and preserved by enslaved Africans. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

The island’s iconic green vervet monkeys are believed to now outnumber the residents, with over 60,000 strong.

The Monkeys

Like most Caribbean islands, St. Kitts and Nevis were formed from now dormant volcanoes. The tallest is Mount Liamuiga which stands at 3,792ft.

A Volcanic Island

The Citizenship by Investment Program, which allows becoming naturalized in another country through investing, was founded in St Kitts and Nevis in 1984.

Citizenship by Investment

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