St Kitts is one of the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, a mere 5 minute flight, or 45 minute ferry ride from its sister island of Nevis. While they are two separate islands, The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is actually one country. To further orient you, St Kitts is situated approximately 30 miles west of Antigua, or 200 miles southeast of Puerto Rico.
What currency does St Kitts use?
St Kitts uses either US Dollars or Eastern Caribbean (E.C.) Dollars. The exchange rates have been stable and consistently average around the following:
CDN $1.00 = $1.77 EC US $1.00 = $2.70 EC (2.52 EC as of 4/7/10)
Where do we go shopping for food?
There are two large US style supermarkets (Horsfords-IGA and Rams) located less than a 10 minute drive from the villa. You'll be able to buy a good selection of groceries, including a pharmacy, deli, wines and liquor, Horsfords is open until noon on Sunday. On Saturday morning there's a traditional West Indian style market in Basseterre, where local ladies sell their fruits and vegetables.
Do we need a car?
Although the island is small (it only takes 2 hours to drive around the whole island), it's recommended that you rent a car - if you feel you can drive on the left. A car can be rented from about $40 US a day. For your rental car needs, we recommend TDC Thrifty Car Rentals. They can pick you up at the villa and drive you into downtown Basseterre to select a car, and arrange for your temporary St. Kitts drivers license. There are several other rental companies on the island including Avis.
Is there cleaning available?
Yes. You can request additional housekeeping services, priced reasonably. There is also a gardener who looks after the garden biweekly.
How do we find the house when we arrive at the St Kitts airport?
Before your arrival, we will coordinate with the taxi driver, Matthew, who will meet you and take you to the villa. Matthew is also an excellent choice for island taxi tours or for those who don't want to rent a car. You will probably wish to arrange your airport departure with Matthew.
What is the electrical power at the house?
The house has standard North American electrical outlets with 110 volts.
Where's the closest beach and golfing?
The villa overlooks Half Moon Bay and is situated about 2 blocks from the closest beach. It's a nice quiet beach with coral reefs for good snorkeling. You can walk around the point and be in Frigate bay. The beach there, stretches about a half mile to the Southeast Peninsula, where there are at least a dozen more good beaches over 6 or 7 mile length. The newly redesigned Royal St. Kitts Golf Course is situated right on Frigate Bay and Half Moon Bay.
Can I use my cellphone on St. Kitts?
We've had very good luck with both AT&T and T-Mobil cellphones. But check your plan to see what your roaming and/or international calling charges might be.
Should we bring household items?
You will need your own toiletries. Hairdryer, dish soap, soap bars, all linen, beach and bath towels, tp, paper towels are provided.
What is the "Circus"?
The Circus, named after London's Piccadilly Circus, is located in the center of St. Kitts' capital, Basseterre. Here you can find a variety of shops, banks and restaurants and the famous Berkeley Memorial Clock which stands in the middle of the square (really a roundabout). The Circus often hosts a variety of events throughout the year.