There is a remarkable island in a Caribbean archipelago, east of the Virgin Islands. It is remarkable for its tropical sunshine, gleaming sands, and exquisite scenery. It is also extremely remarkable for its literacy, 98 percent, and for its presence of not one, but three schools of medicine. These are the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Windsor University School of Medicine, and the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. You will be able to observe all of these phenomena on welcome tours St Kitts. The island was discovered by an expedition under the leadership of Christopher Columbus on behalf of the country of Spain.
Medical degrees aside, there is much to distinguish the Sugar City from other idyllic Caribbean islands. There are approximately 45,000 permanent residents who call themselves Kittians. The majority of Kittians are of African ethnicity. The island has its own UNESCO World Heritage site, and that is Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which happens to be eastern Caribbean’s most substantial fortress.
While most, if not all, tropical islands are volcanic in origin, the Kittians boast no fewer than three distinct groups of volcanic peaks. These are the Mount Misery Range, the Verchilds Range, and the Olivees Range. The tallest peak is Mount Misery.
Since the government closed down the sugar industry in 2005, tourism has been the major driver of the Kittian economy. There are, however, fewer resorts and a lower density of tourist population than you would find on other islands. Other industries that help bolster the economy are agriculture (with the exception of sugar), transportation, manufacturing, and construction.
In 1996, a music festival was held to attract tourists. It was called the Shak Shak Festival and featured Arrow, Nu Vybes, and Nigel Lewis. Held annually during the month of June, the event has been renamed the St Kitts Music Festival.
A major employer is the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. Large enough to receive and handle commercial wide-bodied jumbo jets, it takes in flights from London (flight duration 11 hours), New York (flight time 6 hours), and Miami (duration 6 hours). Here, there are jobs for baggage handlers, customer services reps, and forklift drivers, among others.
Closer to the ground, there is a ferry service between the island and its neighbor, Nevis. A narrow-gauge railway encircles the island and caters to tourists more than it does the island residents. Built in 1912 to carry sugar cane from the farms to the factory, it now runs tours on specially converted open-air, double-decker carriages.
St Kitts is good at producing football players and sprint runners. Among the famously agile names to emerge from the island have been Desai Williams, Virgil Hodge, Kim Collins, and Tiandra Ponteen. International football/soccer player Keith Gumbs, plays in the Liga Indonesia. Atiba Harris plays soccer for the Vancouver Whitecaps. The island produces non-athletes, too. Among the more notable are John Armatrading, singer/songwriter, bodybuilder-cum-murderer Bertil Fox, and actor/writer/comedian Felix Dexter.
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