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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Background

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Carib Indians occupied the islands for hundreds of years before the British began settlement in 1623. The islands became an associated state of the UK with full internal autonomy in 1967. The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971. Saint Kitts and Nevis achieved independence in 1983. In 1998, a vote in Nevis on a referendum to separate from Saint Kitts fell short of the two-thirds majority needed. Nevis continues in its efforts to separate from Saint Kitts.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis are a pair of tropical islands in the Caribbean, about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and NevisFour Seasons Resort - Nevis 

Pinneys Beach
Charlestown
Saint Kitts and Nevis

Price (US$): $645 - $2075 / night

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Location. Four Seasons Resort Nevis is located on the beach in Charlestown, close to Four Seasons Golf Course, Pinney's Beach, and Museum of Nevis History. Fort Charles is also a point of interest near this luxury resort. Resort Features. Dining options at Four Seasons Resort Nevis include 4 restaurants. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are a fitness facility and a children's club. The property's full service health… more »

Saint Kitts and NevisRawlins Plantation Inn 

Mount Pleasant
PO Box 340
Dieppe Bay Town
Saint Kitts and Nevis

Price (US$): $382 - $548 / night

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Location. Located in Dieppe Bay Town, Rawlins Plantation Inn is by the ocean and close to Dieppe Bay Beach and Mount Liamuiga. Additional area points of interest include Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park and Romney Manor. Hotel Features. Rawlins Plantation Inn's restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and an indoor tennis court. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Wedding services… more »

Saint Kitts and NevisMontpelier Plantation & Beach 

Montpelier Estate
Charlestown
Saint Kitts and Nevis

Price (US$): $545 - $605 / night

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Location. Montpelier Plantation & Beach is located near the beach in Charlestown and close to Nevis Botanical Garden, Museum of Nevis History, and Fort Charles. Additional area points of interest include Four Seasons Golf Course and Pinney's Beach. Resort Features. Montpelier Plantation & Beach features a beach bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort serves a complimentary English breakfast each morning in the breakfast area.… more »

Saint Kitts and NevisSt. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino 

858 Frigate Bay Road
Frigate Bay
Saint Kitts and Nevis

Price (US$): $361 - $362 / night

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Location. St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino is located on the beach in Frigate Bay, close to St Kitts Royal Golf Club, Frigate Bay Beach, and Timothy Hill. Other points of interest near this all inclusive resort include South Friar's Beach and Basseterre Co Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. Resort Features. This resort offers both all inclusive and room only rates. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all inclusive rates. Charges may be… more »

Saint Kitts and NevisNelson Spring Beach Villas Spa 

Main Island Road
Penneys Beach
Charlestown
Saint Kitts and Nevis

Price (US$): $455 - $745 / night

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Location. Nelson Spring Beach Villas Spa is located near the beach in Charlestown and close to Four Seasons Golf Course, Pinney's Beach, and Museum of Nevis History. Additional area points of interest include Fort Charles and Banana Bay. Property Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has massage/treatment rooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is complimentary.… more »

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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Full name
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Capital
Basseterre
Location

Caribbean, islands in the Caribbean Sea, about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago

Geographic coordinates

17 20 N, 62 45 W

Area comparative

1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

135 km

Climate

tropical, tempered by constant sea breezes; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)

Terrain

volcanic with mountainous interiors

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Mount Liamuiga 1,156 m

Natural resources

arable land

Population

49,898 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

predominantly black; some British, Portuguese, and Lebanese

Religions

Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic

Languages

English (official)

Government type

parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm

Independence

19 September 1983 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 19 September (1983)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Cuthbert Montraville SEBASTIAN (since 1 January 1996)

Head of government

Prime Minister Dr. Denzil DOUGLAS (since 6 July 1995); Deputy Prime Minister Sam CONDOR (since 6 July 1995)

Internet country code

.kn

Internet users

17,000 (2009)

Airports

2 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Basseterre, Charlestown

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