St.Kitts & Nevis

Living in St.Kitts & Nevis

Iyna Bort Caruso

The twin island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis is the smallest country in the Western Hemisphere. You wouldn’t know it, however, by the diversity of the landscape or breadth of attractions, which seem impossibly packed into roughly 100 square miles.

St. Kitts and Nevis are in the eastern Caribbean Sea, about 1,200 miles from Miami, Florida. Both islands feature an international airport. Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Airport on St. Kitts serves North America, Europe and other islands in the Caribbean, and accommodates private jet service.

The country is not only the smallest in the Americas but also the youngest. This former British colony gained its independence in 1983.

St. Kitt’s is the larger island, the main cruise ship port and location of the capital, Basseterre. About three-quarters of the nation’s 53,000 residents live on St. Kitts, mostly along the coastline. Mountains run through the island. Mount Liamuiga is the highest point, and climbing the rim of this dormant volcanic crater rewards hikers with stunning views. St Kitts is also known for its megayacht marina, casino, festivals and links-style golf course, the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club in Frigate Bay.

Nevis is the quainter of the two islands, located about two miles southeast of St. Kitts across the Narrows strait. The largest settlement is historic Charleston, graced by 18th and 19th century Georgian-style buildings. Nevis is the birthplace of two major historical figures, American founding father Alexander Hamilton and British admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. Both have museums on Nevis dedicated to them.

The luxury real estate market has been growing here. Homebuyers can choose from hillside estates, luxury beachfront villas and exclusive residential resorts. Some international buyers are not only attracted by tax incentives but by a long-running economic citizenship program in which investors can obtain full citizenship with the purchase of approved real estate. The program has helped to spur real estate growth.