In season there are weekly charter flights from North America and Europe, but these change frequently.
Vance Amory Airport is at Newcastle, 7 miles from Charlestown (on the main road, bus to Charlestown US$1.65). The terminal is new and smart and there is a Visa ATM. Expect to have your baggage searched on your way in.
Evelyn’s Travel, on Main St, Charlestown, general sales agent for American Airlines and British Airways, Charlestown, T469-5302/5238; Winair, T4695583 on Nevis; Carib Aviation, T4699295 (Newcastle Airport, Nevis).
The crossing between St Kitts and Nevis takes 45-60 mins and costs US$10 one way plus US$0.35 tax (Caribe Queen, Sea Hustler, Caribe Breeze, Caribe Surf, Mark Twain, Geronimo). Several daily departures from 0700, depending on the boat. Confirm sailing times with Ministry of Communications, T4652521, Mon-Fri 0800-1600. Tickets can only be purchased from the quay just prior to departure, so turn up about 1 hr in advance. Island tours operate from St Kitts and there is also a water taxi service between the 2 islands: US$25 return, minimum 4 passengers, 20 mins, operated by Kenneth’s Dive Centre, T4652670 in advance, or Pro-Divers, US$20, 10 mins, T4653223. The Four Seasons Hotel has ferry boats running exclusively for guests’ flights, US$57 round trip. Oualie Beach also arranges transfers for guests from St Kitts Airport via Turtle Beach (day) or Port Zante (night) with a water taxi.
Minibuses start outside Foodworld Cash & Carry and go to all points, but are not very regular, US$0.75-1.65; an island tour is possible, if time consuming.
Hire companies include: Thrifty/ TDC Rentals, Bay Rd, Charlestown, T4695690, F4691329, also at Four Seasons, T4691111, firstname.lastname@example.org; Nisbett Rentals Ltd, 100 yds from Newcastle Airport, mini moke US$40 per day, collision damage waiver US$8 per day, recommended, particularly if you are flying in/out of Nevis, T4699211, open 0700-1900; Striker’s, Hermitage, T4692654, Nevis Car Rental, Newcastle, T4699837, Avis, Stoney Grove, T4691241, and others.
Taxis have a yellow T registration plate. Maximum taxi fares are set, for example: a taxi from the airport to Charlestown costs US$14, to Oualie Beach, US$9. A 50% extra charge is made between 2200 and 0600. Tours of Nevis cost US$20 per hr and a whole-island tour costs US$50. Recommended is TC Taxis, T4692911, T0783-6628301, tctaxi@carib surf.com, TC is fun, knowledgeable of the island and works with other good drivers.