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St. Kitts & Nevis | Frequently Asked Questions

General Info, Travel Info, & FAQs are provided to assist with your vacation.

What is the population?
The population of St Kitts & Nevis was estimated at 38,958 in July 2005.

How big is the country/island?
St Kitts is 69 sq miles and Nevis is 36 sq miles.

Can I drink the tap water?
The tap water is safe to drink.

What are the best things to buy here?
Duty-free items include crystal, china, porcelain, perfume, jewellery, watches, leather goods, tobacco and liquor.

For souvenirs with local flavour look for hand-embroidered and batik clothing, batik wall hangings, baskets, paintings and sculptures by local artists, stamps, goatskin items, red clay pottery items, hot pepper sauce, honey, jams, jellies, teas, local wines and local crafts made from dried coconut shells, sea shells and wood.

The City Market near the ferry dock in Charlestown sells local produce and food products Mon-Sat.

Are there nude beaches?
Nude and topless bathing are illegal in St Kitts & Nevis.

What are the main industries?
The main industries are agriculture (sugar processing, cotton, salt, copra), tourism, light manufacturing (clothing, footwear, beverages), fishing and offshore banking.

What native dishes should I try?
Local favourites include goat water (a soup of stewed mutton or goat), souse (a watery stew made with various parts of pig), conch (pronounced conk), chowder, roti (fried flattened cornmeal and whole meal flour rounds), johnny cakes (fried whole meal flour dumplings) and pelau/cook-up (a mixture of seasoned chicken, pigtail, spinach, carrots, pumpkin, onion, pepper, peas and rice). You'll also find guava cheese, fresh lobster and other seafood, and lots of fresh fruit, such as bananas, mango and passion fruit, and vegetables, including breadfruit, aubergine, sweet potatoes and okra. Chicken and rib cookouts are also popular.

Can I use my calling card from here?
Directory assistance:
International enquiries: 412
Local enquiries: 411

AT&T: Service is available from pay phones and/or select hotels for calls to the US only using AT&T Calling Cards, AT&T Corporate Cards, American Express, Diners Club, Discover/NOVUS, MasterCard and Visa. Dial 1-800-872-2881 + area code + local number and follow the voice prompts.

BT: Dial 1-800-744-1144, input your account number and PIN, then dial the number you require.

Canada Direct: Service is available on public pay phones only and can be used with calling cards from Bell, MTS, Aliant, SaskTel and Telus. Dial 1-800-744-2580 for direct access to a Canadian operator.

MCI MinutePass: no service available

Sprint: Dial 1-800-366-4663. An English-speaking Sprint phone operator will request your Sprint Foncard number.

For more information see the section in General Info: Telecommunications.

How should I dress to go out?
Dress is casual. Still, it is unacceptable to wear bathing suits, short shorts and short tank tops in public, and men should wear shirts in public. Light summer clothing is suitable although casually elegant dress is more appropriate for dinner. You may want to bring a light sweater/jacket for evenings.

Can I use my hair dryer and electric shaver?
The electricity in most hotels is 110-117 volts, which is similar to North America. Elsewhere 220-230 volts is in use.

How much should I tip?
Tip wait staff 10-15%. Most hotels and some restaurants automatically add a 10-12% service charge, so check first as it is not necessary to leave more unless you feel the service was above average. Tip porters and bellhops $1 per bag and housekeeping staff $3-$4 per night for good service. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.

Disclaimer: Information is provided as a service to visitors and is updated regularly. All information should be verified prior to travel.

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