Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
P O Box 89
Saint Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis, West Indies
Tel: (869) 465 2537
Fax: (869) 465 9562
Nevis - 36 sq miles
Nevis - Charlestown
Nevis – 11,181
Nevis – Vance Amory Airport
The Nevis Island Legislature comprises the Nevis Island Assembly and the Nevis Island Administration headed by the Governor General. The Assembly consists of three nominated members and five elected members from each electoral district on the island.
The Government of St Kitts and Nevis operates a passenger ferry between Charlestown, Nevis and Basseterre, St Kitts. The present ferry has a capacity of 150 passengers and the journey takes 45 minutes.
|Bank of Nevis Ltd
P O Box 450
|BON Bank Ltd
|Republic Bank (EC) Limited
P O Box 433
|CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Barbados) Ltd
P O Box 42
|St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Ltd
P O Box 42
Carnival Day - January 2
Labour Day - first Monday in May
August Monday - first Monday in August
Culturama Day - first Tuesday after August Monday
National Hero’s Day – September 16
Independence Day - September 19
St Kitts and Nevis Sailing Regatta – May
St Kitts-Nevis Music Festival – June
Carnival - December 24 to January 2
TDC Golf Tournament – August
St Kitts Tourism Week – October
Caribbean Tourism Pageant - October
Nevis Tourism Week - February
Horse Racing Competitions
Culturama – July/August
Fishing Tournament – October/November
Tourism is now the most important economic activity in St Kitts and Nevis and it impacts significantly on several other sectors within the economy. It is the largest foreign exchange earner and accounts for approximately sixty per cent of foreign earnings from the export of services. Growth in this sector continues to be substantial.
Although sugar cane production continues to represent the dominant agricultural activity on St Kitts, considerable effort has been put into increasing the production of non-traditional crops such as white potatoes, cabbages and sweet peppers.
The manufacturing sector is mainly based on small-scale assembly plants producing mainly electronic parts and garments for the export market. Though small, it is a significant segment in the economy.
After two centuries of fighting, Britain gained possession of St Kitts and Nevis from France in the 18th Century. In the years that followed, the two islands were identified by sugar plantations and cotton fields. More than 200 years later, the most inspiring views feature retired sugar mills and remnants of the original great houses.
Brimstone Hill lies approximately nine miles west of Basseterre. The monument is among the largest and best preserved in the Caribbean. It is a complex of bastions, barracks and other structures adapted ingeniously to the top and upper slopes of an 800-ft hill. The fortress was widely known in the 18th Century as the Gibraltar of the West Indies. It is today a UNESCO World Hertiage Site and the centre of nature trails and various plant and animal species including the Green Vervet Monkey.
Nevis has many reminders of its past. Some examples are:
Hamilton House - Birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, the famous American Statesman.
Memorial Square - A small square where the monument in Honour of the dead of World War I, 1914 to 1918 stands.
Montpelier House - It was at this site under a silk cotton tree on 11 March 1787 that the famous Lord Nelson married Fanny Nisbett.
Hot Baths - There are five hot baths with temperatures as high as 108oF which have soothed aching bones and brought relief to sufferers of rheumatism and gout.