Section : Traffic Information
Safety of Public Transportation: Good
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Fair
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Poor
Traffic in St. Kitts and Nevis moves on the left-hand side of the road. The maximum speed limit in the island is 40 MPH, dropping to 15 MPH in villages. Main roads and most secondary roads are in reasonably good condition, but they may be poorly marked.
Drivers should yield to traffic coming from the right at roundabouts. Drivers should maintain a moderate speed and be sure to keep well to the left on corners. It is courteous to blow the car horn on blind corners. Drivers must yield to oncoming traffic when passing a parked vehicle or other obstruction. Drivers should be particularly cautious in mid to late afternoon, when children are walking home from school.
Rented vehicles are available from several agencies in both St. Kitts and Nevis. Several of these agencies offer free pick up and delivery with unlimited mileage. Travelers are required to obtain a visitor's drivers license which may be obtained from the Traffic Department or the Fire Station on the strength of a valid home or international license.
Public transportation consists of mini-buses and taxis. Established fares are available from airport dispatchers and local hotels. Nevertheless, travelers should agree on a fare at the beginning of the trip in order to avoid problems. Rates are charged for up to four persons; there is an extra charge for additional passengers. A 50 percent surcharge is commonly applied between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Complaints regarding taxi or minibus services may be lodged with The Department of Tourism or with your hotel.
More detailed information on roads and traffic safety can be obtained from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Environment, Bay Road, Pelican Mall, P.O. Box 132, Basse Terre, St. Kitts, telephone (869)647-8970.