These islands are pleasant year round. The main tourist season is December to May, when it’s cooler and dryer (temperatures are generally in the early-mid 80s F). It’s slightly rainier, cloudier and hotter from July to November (the latter half is also the hurricane season) but on the whole humidity is low and the sun shines almost every day. The up side is that the prices are lower and there are no crowds.
New Years Day: January 1
Easter: April (4 days)
Labor Day: May, first Monday
Whit Monday: May, last Monday
Emancipation Day: August, first Monday
National Hero's Day: September 17
Independence Day: September 19
Christmas Day: December 25
Boxing Day: December 26
J'ouvert: December 27
Carnival: Christmas to New year
St Kitts Annual music festival: June/July - 4 nights of calypso/soca, reggae and jazz
Culturama in Nevis: July/Aug - big 5-day celebration including music, street dancing, parades, etc
Carnival: begins Christmas Eve and continues into the New Year - Calypso Monarch competitions, Queen show, street party, masque parades, fireworks.
Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.
Approximate flying times
From London: 8 hours
from New York: 4 hours
From Miami: 3 hours
FROM THE UK
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly to Antigua. From there LIAT provides connecting flights to (25 minutes) to Nevis or St Kitts.
For tickets you could try CaribJet (who can also book local flights); Golden Caribbean (who can't).
Air France: Direct from Paris to St Maarten or Guadeloupe.
Connections to Nevis and St Kitts are with LIAT, Winair or by ferry.
KLM: Amsterdam to St Maarten direct. To Nevis via Winair.
Condor: Frankfurt to Antigua direct. LIAT flies from Antigua to Nevis or St Kitts (25 mins).
FROM THE USA
International flights can be taken to San Juan, Antigua or St Maarten with the main airlines including Continental or American. Delta operate a limited number of direct flights from Atlanta to St Kitts.
American flies from Miami to St Kitts. Local carriers LIAT and Winair then connect with St Kitts and Nevis.
FROM ST KITTS TO NEVIS
The two islands are separated by a 2 mile channel. If you arrive in St Kitts, you can take a short taxi journey from the airport to the ferry port and take the 45 minute scenic ferry ride to Nevis ( around EC$ 20). The ferry goes twice daily. Check times with the Ministry of Communications. Alternatively there are 5 minute flights between the two with LIAT.
American, LIAT and WinAir offer flights to neighbouring islands, including daily connections to Antigua, St Martin and San Juan. LIAT has the best networks, and a web booking service.
Arrivals at St Kitts are at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, and in Nevis at Vance W. Amory International Airport. Taxis are available outside both airports. It's a short drive to the hotels. Taxi time from the airport to the ferry port is approximately 15 minutes.
The islands are so small that a car is not essential - you can always hire a local taxi for a tour of the islands.
Taxis are readily available outside both airports and at the ferry port.
A temporary drivers license valid for 1 year is available via the hotels and police departments for about EC$30. The driving is on the left and car rentals start from around $40 a day. For rentals on St Kitts and Nevis see our car rental recommendations.
Passports are required from all visitors, as well as onward and/or return tickets. US and Canadian visitors need only produce proof of citizenship.
No immunisations are required. Water is safe to drink but bottled water is available if preferred. Food hygiene standards are generally good.