Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Caribbean Sea
LAST UPDATED 31/08/2008
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Level of surfing

Competent

Quality of surf

Good

Call code

1869

Net code

kn

Area

261

Coastline

0 km

Climate

Tropical Maritime

Hazards

Very Isolated, Cyclones

Best Months

October - January

Population

42696

Currency

East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)

Time Zone

(UTC-4)

Special Requirements

Private Beaches

introduction

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CIAWorldFactbook2002: Map of Saint Kitts and Nevis, 8 August 2003

Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest nation in the Americas in terms of area and population. It is situated in the Leeward Islands and is a federal two-island nation in the West Indies. To the north-northwest lie the islands of Saint Eustatius, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, and Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten. To the east and northeast are Antigua and Barbuda, and to the southeast is the small uninhabited island of Redonda, and the island of Montserrat, which currently has an active volcano.

 

The capital city and headquarters of government for the federated state is on the larger island of Saint Kitts. The smaller state of Nevis lies about 3 km southeast of Saint Kitts, across a shallow channel called "The Narrows".

Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest nation on Earth to ever host a World Cup event.

surfing

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Nesnad: St Kitts and Nevis; 2005

The Caribbean, she is a harsh mistress. All of the islands in the Greater and Lesser Antilles share at least some aspect towards the North Atlantic and therefore are exposed to any passing fronts that generate of the East American Coast and transit the North Atlantic. These fronts often pass a good way to the north and swell decay can be a problem.

Regular windswell is a constant on the east coast of all of the island groups and hence there is almost always something to keep you occupied and off the rum for a few hours. too much wind can be a bad thing though and onshore days are very common, no matter how early in the morning you manage to peel yourself out of your cot and stumble down to the beach.

The third source of swell in the region are from passing hurricanes. Some of the strongest storm ever recorded on the planet file through here regularly. Technically the season spans June to November with early September being the peak. The ideal scenario is for the hurricane mass to pass clear of any inhabited areas and sit well offshore in the deep Carribean for a few days prior to disipating. The result is typically 3-5 days of western swell that lights up the hidden western points and reefs of the Caribbean. The persistant NE/E trade winds will gently fan these breaks all day long. It is then that some of the rarer points and breaks of St. Kitts come to life. Surf exploration doesent get any better than this.

where to stay

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Mmccalpin: Princess Cruise line docked at the cruise terminal at Basseterre, 7 November 2005

Being in Saint Kitts and Nevis, you would want to live in the capital city, Basseterre. It is the busiest city on the island and contains a cruise port and airport.

Some options to accommodate at when staying in Basseterre.
Ocean Terrace Inn is located in the Fortlands area of Basseterre, overlooking the main harbor (Port Zante) as well as the Deep Water Port across the bay in Bird Rock.

The St. Kitts Marriott Resort and The Royal Beach Casino - a 10-minute drive from the airport. The resort offers 573 guest rooms and luxurious suites. North Frigate Bay Beach, a championship golf course and the largest Vegas-style casino in the Caribbean are very close in location. The resort provides a spa, meeting facilities, the Pirates of St. Kitts Kids Club program, eight restaurants and two lounges.

Ottley's Plantation Inn is located on and old plantation estate about 7 miles from Basseterre, on the Atlantic side of the island . Offering rooms in the Great House and several cottages around the grounds - some of which come with their own plunge pools.

what to pack

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Rich Niewiroski Jr.: 62 mm ultra-violet, fluorescent, and polarizing lens filters. Camera used was a Canon 400D; April 9, 2007

Trainers, loose clothing - everything for the hot weather. Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen and sunglasses! Better take your medicines with you (esp. anti histamine tablets), as the brands can be unfamiliar and cost more.
Take a few light and casual things, nothing fashionable – you won’t need it there. Camera, adaptor, good books to read and music. Oh, yeah, booties, helmet and top will be useful on the reef break, as it can get quite shallow.

And take a good protection for your camera from the sand.

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