The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is located about 200 miles southeast of Puerto Rico at 17°15’N, 62°40’W. Both islands cover nearly 104 total square miles, with St. Kitts being twice as large as Nevis. A two-mile channel separates the islands. A rugged mountain range dominates St. Kitts’ interior, with Mt. Liamuiga reaching 3,792 feet. The range splits and forms a fertile valley which reaches to the sea port and capital of Basseterre. Waterfalls, rain forests and many streams may be found along the steep slopes and ridges. Black, volcanic sand beaches dot the north shore, while white sand beaches line the southern coast. The sister island of St. Kitts is rockier and less fertile, yet is visually stunning, with golden sand beaches considered to be among the most beautiful in the world. Nevis Peak towers to 3,500 feet in the center of Nevis.
The capital city of Basseterre in St. Kitts maintains its charm and appearance of days past with its classic Caribbean architecture. Sister island, Nevis, is less-developed, but is highly-prized by those seeking a more pristine environment. The island has, of course, witnessed considerable notoriety due to the prestigious Four Seasons Resort and many astute buyers have established residence here. Several new deluxe developments are now in the planning or development stages.
The southern shore of St. Kitts is usually calm, with the warmer waters of the Caribbean Sea lapping the beaches. The northern shores tend to be windier. The island is dotted with the remnants of fortifications, a reminder of the history of the region. Brimstone Hill, along the north shore, features one of the most impressive of these defenses, covering acres of land with fantastic views to nearby islands of Saba, Statia, Nevis, and Montserrat.
St. Kitts/Nevis had been relatively undeveloped until just several years ago. Currently, the islands are quite in vogue and gaining dramatically in attention. Global interests have scurried to investigate this little federation. The government has proven to be very cooperative to varied investment and development interests.
During recent years the Federation has been favored by those seeking the liberal fiduciary benefits of residency and citizenship. Nevis, especially, has developed into a prominent Offshore banking center. Many have been attracted here by the benefits of complete banking secrecy laws, lack of taxes, limited regulations and, of course, an almost perfect tropical lifestyle.