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The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye – Welcome to Saint Kitts #Caribbean | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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This month’s edition of my Travel Column at Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Invitation Magazine, I’m taking us out to the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Kitts. Read about pertinent facts about the island and about an opportunity open to move there complete with citizenship!

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye – Welcome to Saint Kitts #Caribbean

 

St. Kitts map

 

Saint Kitts is the more popular name the island goes by, shortened from its formal name Saint Christopher Island with Basseterre being its capital. Located in the West Indies, bordered to the left by the Caribbean Sea, and to the right, the Atlantic Ocean, St. Kitts is located approximately 1300 miles southeast of Miami. This island is considered another of the gems of the Caribbean.

 

Saint Kitts and its close neighboring island – Nevis are considered one country – The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The two mountainous islands are of volcanic origin, causing many beaches in St. Kitts to consist of black volcanic sand.

 

St. Kitts overlooking Nevis
Standing on St. Kitts, overlooking Nevis

 

Unlike St. Martin where two countries exist together on one island, Saint Kitts and Nevis are narrowly separated by shallow waters, by a mere two-mile channel aptly named ‘The Narrows’. The natives refer to themselves as Kittitians.

 

The island is home to over 53,000 people as of 2016, mostly of African descent. The language spoken is primarily English as well as St. Kitts Creole.

 

A Bit of History

 

Saint Kitts is formerly a member of the British West Indies when it first became the home of the British and French colonies in the mid 1620’s along with its sister island Nevis. It wasn’t until September 19th of 1983 that it became an independent country. Along with several Caribbean islands back in the 17th and 18th centuries, islands were conquered and taken over and changed hands and ownership a few times between military take-overs and treaties. French and British colonists fought over St. Kitts in the early 1620’s. Ultimately, in 1783 it became affiliated with the Kingdom of Great Britain , which became the United Kingdom and in 1967 became an associated state of Britain.

 

Slavery – The island originally produced tobacco back in the 1600’s then switched to sugar and importing of African slaves to look after the fields. The importing of slaves became outlawed and abolished on August 1, 1834. The slaves already there were apprenticed to look after the sugar cane fields to protect the planters from losing their labor force. August 1st is now celebrated as Emancipation Day. The Great Depression helped to collapse sugar prices precipitating the birth of the organized labor movement in St Kitts and Nevis. After 365 years, the government shut down the production of sugar cane again in 2005 due to huge losses in the industry and the lowered price cuts of sugar called by the European Union. St. Kitts/Nevis really has a fascinating history of hostile takeovers which you can read more about HERE

 

Currency – The currency used on the island is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar with one U.S. dollar roughly equaling 2.70 in EC dollars. But as in most countries and islands, the U.S. dollar is widely accepted.

 

Climate – Typical Caribbean tropical weather year – round with June through November notorious for rainy and hurricane season.

 

St. Kitts Paradise
A slice of paradise

 

Tourism – Like most islands, St. Kitts heavily relies on tourism to grow its economy. On 21 September 1998, the islands were severely crippled by Hurricane Georges  resulting in nearly $500 million of damage to property. Georges was the worst hurricane to hit the region in the 20th century. In 2009 the number of visitors to the island almost doubled since 1978. I have seen a lot of this growth of the island with my own eyes. This island is also a duty-free island where tobacco and liquor are exceedingly cheap to purchase. And of course, jewelry is also duty-free but nowhere near as plentiful in selection as in St. Martin!  Please continue reading . . .

 

 

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16 Comments

  • Stevie Turner

    Didn’t visit this island on our cruise unfortunately. We went to a concert last week to see Joan Armatrading, who originally came from St. Kitts but came to the UK when she was seven. Their loss was our gain.

  • Kate Johnston

    Fabulous. I went to St. Kitts for New Year’s with my mom and my sister AGES ago. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort, and we had a blast. It’s a lovely island and not as touristy (at least, when I went) as some of the other more popular islands. Love your article!

    • dgkaye

      HI Kate. Yay, good to hear you’ve been to St. Kitts too. You are right, it’s not as populated as some other islands, and not sure how long ago you were there but it’s grown immensely in the last 8 – 10 years. Maybe it’s time for you to pay another visit? 🙂

  • Marian Beaman

    Debby, I assume you have visited this island because you know so much about it. I doubt I’d want to become a citizen there. The currency exchange rate is intriguing. Thanks for the info here! 🙂

  • Olga Núñez Miret

    A great article, Debby. It’s a fantastic idea for a series of features especially for many of us who’ve never been on a cruise. (Well, I went on a short cruise down the Nile a long time ago, but it is a completely different set-up). Thanks for all the knowledge and thanks to Sally, patron-saint of all writers and artists. ♥

    • dgkaye

      Thanks so much Olga for your kind compliment. And I love that name you crowned Sally here. Perfect term – patron-saint of all writers and artists. <3

  • Diana Peach

    As I sit here with cold toes, I’ll just imagine I’m in St. Kitts. I haven’t been there, though I traveled to the Carribean when I lived on the East Coast. The photos are gorgeous and the opportunity to move there …. Oh, I wish! Ha ha. Fascinating place.

  • Hilary

    Hi Debby – the Caribbean is somewhere I need to get to (if I can sometime) … sounds wonderful – great little review you’ve given us – the black sands sound so interesting to see … cheers Hilary

  • Liesbet

    Certainly an interesting destination! Great info to share here, Debby. I’ll hop over to Sally to read the rest of your article.

    On a different topic, I wanted to let you know that I’m not getting the subscription notices in my inbox anymore after I leave a comment and mark “notify me of follow-up comments by email”. Usually, I had to click another button in my email to sign up for the comments, but now I’m not getting those notifications anymore. Maybe the confirming is not necessary anymore? I’ll see whether I get notified of your reply in my inbox…

    • dgkaye

      Thanks for reading Liesbet. Glad you found St. Kitts interesting. And, hmm, I will have to look into the notifications. I know WP is acting up for many these days. Do you ever check your notifications by clicking on the little bell on the top right hand corner of your blog, or while you’re on any blog for that matter?

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