St. Kitts & Nevis are located in the northern part of the Leeward Islands in the
eastern Caribbean, 19 degrees north of the equator, separated by a channel two miles
St. Kitts is 23 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest, encompassing
an area of 68 square miles. 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.
Yearly average temperature is 79 degrees; annual rainfall averages 55 inches; humidity is
low, and constant northeast trade winds keep the islands cool.
St. Kitts and Nevis, like no other islands in the Caribbean, seem to embody a kind of lush
tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. The atmosphere here is
palpably luxuriant, an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea air and fantastically abundant
vegetation. At the center of St. Kitts stands the spectacular, cloud-fringed peak of Mount
Liamuiga (pronounced Lee-a-mweega), a dormant volcano covered by dense tropical forest. And on Nevis, too,
the ground rises upward into a cloud forest filled with elusive green vervet monkeys and
brilliant tropical flowers. For ecotourists, or simply anyone who enjoys stunning natural
beauty, St. Kitts and Nevis cannot fail to exceed expectations.
yet nature is only a small part of the wonder of these small, relatively undiscovered
destinations. Long ago, St. Kitts and Nevis were the pearls of the British Caribbean, rich
and enormously important islands that were celebrated throughout Europe. Nevis, the
"Queen of the Caribbees," possessed unimaginable wealth from its
super-productive sugar industry, while on St. Kitts the impregnable fortress of Brimstone
Hill stood as the Gibraltar of the West Indies. In this venerable history is plenty of
romance as well, for it was on Nevis that the dashing young Horatio Nelson met, courted,
and wedded Fanny Nisbet, all the while attending to the whirling social life of the
island's prosperous plantation estates.