Facts about St Kitts and Nevis

14 Fun Facts about St Kitts and Nevis

Looking to boost your knowledge of the big wide world? Why not start with these fun facts about St Kitts and Nevis!

1. Where are the islands based?

Located in the Leeward Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis is a federal two-island country in the West Indies.

2. The territory is pretty tiny!

With a small population of 53,192 in 2020 and a total area of 100.8 square miles (261 kilometers square), St. Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state throughout all of the Americas.

3. They go by a different name, too.

The two islands are also known as ‘Saint Christopher’.

Facts of St Kitts and Nevis

Flag of St Kitts and Nevis

4. They were found by Columbus.

In 1493 Christopher Columbus first happened upon the islands – in 1623, they were the first territories in the British West Indies to get settled in by European visitors.

5. British monarchy applies here!

King Charles III is the head of the state.

6. Get changing up the money!

The currency here is the East Caribbean dollar.

7. Vacation time!

With its lovely sunny, tropical climate, glorious sea and golden beaches, St. Kitts and Nevis is a popular holiday spot, despite being prone to hurricanes. Who cares about possible hurricanes when there’s sun to bask in?!

8. Fancy a bit of a wander?

As well as lovely beaches, the islands have forested volcanic mountain slopes with lots of streams.

9. What’s the central city here?

The capital of Kitts and Nevis is Basseterre – pronounced ‘bass-tear’.


10. A life well lived.

The life expectancy here is 68 years for men and 71 years for women.

11. Lots to share!

St. Kitts and Nevis exports sugar, beer, lobster, margarine, tobacco and electronics – if only they’d export the sunny weather…

12. Agriculture is a big deal out here.

The agricultural industry here centers on dairy, beef, mutton, pork, poultry, rum distilling (yum!) and the preservation and processing of fruit and vegetables – fishing is also a big industry, thanks to investment in larger boats and modern equipment.

Salt Fish and Dumplings

Salt fish and dumplings

13. They thrive on vacationers!

The economy in St Kitts and Nevis is largely based upon sugar cultivation and tourism.

14. Pick up the phone!

Kitts and Nevis’ international dialing code is +1869.

Interesting facts about St Kitts and Nevis

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FAQs About St Kitts and Nevis

When is the best time of the year to visit St Kitts and Nevis?

The best time of year to visit St Kitts and Nevis is between February and May. These are the driest months in the area, and so make for the best beach days!

How many tourists visit St Kitts and Nevis every year?

In 2020, St Kitts and Nevis welcomed over 300,000 tourists. Hopefully those numbers will increase soon with the handling of the pandemic!

What is there to do in St Kitts and Nevis?

St Kitts and Nevis is the perfect holiday destination thanks to its weather, people, and plentiful activities! Whilst there you could try snorkeling, sailing, hiking in the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, and visiting St Kitts’ famous scenic Railway!

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