Scenic views seen as we approach Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis.
The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is an island nation in the Caribbean comprised of the islands of St Kitts and Nevis. It is part of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles of the Eastern Caribbean. St Kitts is also known as St Christopher. Nevis was originally named “Nuestra Señora de las Nieves” in Spanish which translates to “Our Lady of the Snows”. This refers to the white clouds that seem to permanently hover over Nevis Peak (the highest point on Nevis island). The Spanish name was eventually shortened to Nevis.
St Kitts and Nevis is known for its volcanic terrain, shimmering blue waters, lush greenery, and beautiful beaches. It also displays picturesque views of both the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Mount Liamuiga and Nevis Peak are the highest peaks on the islands of St Kitts and Nevis respectively.
St Kitts and Nevis was inhabited by the Caribs before becoming colonized by the British and the French. The independent state is now a member of the Commonwealth with the English crown being represented by the Governor General.
St Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Commonwealth, Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Organization of American States (OAS), United Nations (UN), and World Trade Organization (WTO).
Charlestown, Nevis was the birthplace of US Founding Father and first Secretary of US Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Read more on Alexander Hamilton here:
The capital of St Kitts and Nevis is Basseterre, located on the larger island of St Kitts. Basseterre is a French word which translates to low land in English.
Points of interest in St Kitts include the National Museum of St Kitts (old Treasury Building), Port Zante, Government Headquarters, Independence Square, The War Memorial, Government House, Berkeley Memorial, The Circus (inspired by Piccadilly Circus in London), Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), and the Brimstone Hill Fortress. Phenomenal views of St Kitts and Nevis can be seen from the Timothy Hill Overlook.
The headquarters of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is located in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis. The ECCB is the central bank of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) which share the Eastern Caribbean Dollar.