One of the greatest dangers for first-time visitors to St Kitts is being struck dumb by the sheer beauty of the place. It is the quintessential Caribbean paradise with white sandy beaches and clear blue water, all 168 square kilometres of it, it's tiny!
(St Kitts is a popular destination for cruises.)
Some visitors complain of poor service on these Caribbean Isles. Much of this is due to the Caribbean concept of "Island time". If you expect that any request you make will take at least 3 times longer than you thought, then you will have no issues with supposedly "poor service".
A popular method of traversing the island is to hire a scooter, but the price will not include a helmet. Pay the extra and get the helmet - the roads are in poor condition and the other road users are not renowned for their driving abilities.
Beach vendors can be a nuisance - be prepared to say no strongly if you do not want a massage or hair braiding.
A gang war in 2008 meant that St Kitts became, statistically, the murder capital of the world when 23 people were killed out of its tiny population of just 46,000.
Police cracked down on the gangs and hanged one of the offenders in 2009.
Since then the murder rate has dropped - but an elderly British couple were murdered in the Half Moon Courtyard area in 2010.
Petty street crime and burglary continue to occur. Visitors should take common-sense precautions. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and use hotel safety deposit facilities to safeguard valuables and travel documents. Do not leave valuables unattended on the beach or in cars. Walking alone at night is strongly discouraged.
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