IMPORTING ANIMALS There are strict regulations for importing pets. In general, the animal must have a microchip and you must apply to the chief veterinary officer for a permit. Along with your application you must include a health certificate, including rabies neutralizing antibody tests, issued by a licensed veterinarian in the country of origin.
For complete regulations contact the Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Services, Department of Agriculture in St Kitts at tel 869/465-2110, or Veterinary Services, Department of Agriculture in Nevis at tel 869/469-5521.
GETTING THERE BY AIR On St Kitts flights arrive at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw (RLB) International Airport (airport code SKB; tel 465-8013), which is located about three miles northeast of Basseterre. On Nevis flights arrive at the Vance W Amory International Airport (airport code NEV; tel 469-9343), also known as Newcastle Airport, which is about eight miles outside of Charlestown. Most flights require a connection in Antigua, St Maarten and San Juan in Puerto Rico, or St Kitts (five-minute flight) if your final destination is Nevis. (If you're connecting in St Kitts on your way to Nevis, you can take a ferry instead of flying. See Getting around: By ferry below.)
Airlines that fly into St Kitts & Nevis include American Airlines/American Eagle (tel 465-2273), BWIA West Indies Airways/Caribbean Airlines (tel 800/538-2942), Carib Aviation (tel 469-9185), Caribbean Star (tel 800/744-7827 or 466-2562), Caribbean Sun (tel 866/864-6272 or 466-2690), Excel Airways charters, LIAT (tel 465-1330), Sky Service charters, United Airlines (tel 800/United-1), US Airways (tel 800/622-1015) and Winair (tel 465-8010, St Kitts; 469-9583, Nevis).
Note: The phone numbers listed above are local access numbers unless otherwise stated.
BY CRUISE Cruise ships dock at St Kitts' Port Zante in Basseterre harbour. Birdrock Port, located on the eastern side of the Basseterre harbour, handles overflow from Port Zante. Smaller cruise ships also dock in Charlestown, Nevis.
Cruise lines that call on St Kitts & Nevis include Celebrity Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Lindblad Expeditions, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourne, Silversea Cruises, Star Clippers, Windstar Cruises and Windjammer Barefoot Cruises.
GETTING AROUND BY CAR There are plenty of car rental agencies on the islands. Bicycles, motorcycles and scooters can also be rented. Roads are generally in good condition, but not well lit at night, and some are poorly marked. Watch out for one-way streets, poorly marked speed bumps, and animals and people along the side of the road, especially at night. Also watch out for cars that have temporarily stopped on the road or off to the side of the road to chat or pick up and drop off passengers. Horn honking is often used as a form of greeting. Driving is on the left.
To rent a car you will need to obtain a local driver's permit, which you can purchase for about EC$65/US$24 at the St Kitts Traffic Department on Cayon St in Basseterre or at any police station on Nevis (Charlestown, Newcastle, Cotton Ground or Gingerland). Ensure you bring your valid driver's license from home.
CAR RENTALS (country code 869) Charlestown, Nevis: Reliable Motors, 469-0626; Teach Tours & Auto Rentals, 469-1140 or 662-9022; Thrifty/TDC Car Rentals, 469-5690
Newcastle, Nevis: 1st Choice Enterprises, 469-1131; M&M Rental, 469-9798 or 663-2013; Nevis Car Rental, 469-9837
Elsewhere on Nevis: Mervin's Car Rental (Brown Hill Village) 469-2362; Noel's Courtesy Car Rental (Farm Estate), 469-5199 or 469-1972; Stanley's Edric Services (Church Ground), 469-2597; Strikers Car Rental (Hermitage), 469-2654 or 469-2654
Basseterre, St Kitts: Avis Rent-A-Car, 465-6507; Cool Profile Rent A Car, 465-4448 or 465-2648; Delisle Walwyn Auto Rentals, 465-8449 or 465-2631; G&L Car Rentals, 466-8040 or 466-8040 (airport); Hanley's Car Rental, 465-0545; Hertz, 465-7822; Holiday Car Rentals, 466-4893; Huggins Auto Rentals, 465-8080; I A S Auto Rental, 762-4416 or 762-4417; Thrifty/T D C Car Rentals, 465-2991; Tropical Car Rental, 465-4167 or 465-4039; Williams Auto Rentals, 465-3977
BICYCLE, MOTORCYCLE AND SCOOTER RENTALS (country code 869) Nevis: Meadville Bike Rental (Craddock Rd), 469-5235; Mountain Bike Rentals (Oualie Beach), 469-9682
Basseterre, St Kitts: Island Scooter Rentals, 465-8545; Islandwide Scooter Rentals, 466-7841; St Kitts Motorcycle Rental, 465-5533
BY TAXI Taxis meet all flights at both airports.
There are no taxi meters. Rates are fixed for one to four passengers and five or more passengers, and are available from airport dispatchers, the ferry dock, The Circus in Basseterre, hotel front desks and the St Kitts Tourism Authority. Verify with the driver whether the fare being quoted is in US or EC dollars. There is a 50% surcharge from 10pm to 6am. Island taxi tours are available in addition to standard taxi service.
TAXI SERVICE Charleston, Nevis: Charlestown Taxi Stand, 469-1483 or 469-5631; City Taxi Stand, 469-5621; Teach Tours & Auto Rentals, 469-1140
Basseterre, St Kitts: Circus Taxi Stand, 466-6999 (Center) or 465-3006 (The Circus); National Taxi Stand (airport), 465-1719; St Kitts Taxi Association, 465-8487 (airport), 465-4253 (Basseterre) or 465-7818 (after hours); Tyson's Taxi Service, 466-6982
Elsewhere on St Kitts: Frigate Bay Taxi Stand, 465-4317
BY FERRY Four ferry companies provide daily service between Basseterre, St Kitts and Charlestown, Nevis. The 45-minute trip is offered numerous times daily from 6:30am.
M&M Transportation (tel 466-6734) operates the Carib Breeze/Carib Surf ferries. Fares are EC$21 (first class) and EC$16 (regular) for adults, and EC$5-$10 for kids, depending on age.
Wesk Agency (tel 469-0403) operates two ferries: the Sea Hustler and Mark Twain. Fares are EC$15/US$6 for adults and EC$8/US$3 for children. Kids under five years ride free.
St Kitts & Nevis Fast Ferries (tel 662-8930) operates the Geronimo Express. Fares for adults are EC$10/US$4 and for children, EC$5/US$2. Those under five years ride free.
F&F Transportation operates the MV Carib Queen. Adult fares are EC$10 and children, EC$5.
The Nevis Tourism Authority maintains a ferry schedule. Fares and schedules are subject to change.
Water taxis are also available.
BY BUS Privately owned minibuses operate on both islands. There are no fixed schedules and service is irregular, especially in the evenings. Fares range from $1 to $4 depending on where you are going. Flag them down along the side of the road or go to one of the bus terminals.
BY AIR Carib Aviation (tel 469-9185) and Winair (tel 465-8010, St Kitts; 469-9583, Nevis) provide air service between the two islands.
Disclaimer: Information is provided as a service to visitors and is updated regularly. All
information should be verified prior to travel.