going to St. Kitts and Nevis on Saturday and have no idea whether I can plug US appliances into the electrical outlets. I called the hotel (Marriott St. Kitts Beach Club - the timeshares) and they said the outlets are 110 Volt. I think US is 120 Volt? What is the difference? I am worried because St. Kitts and Nevis are a UK commonwealth, and I know from traveling in the UK that their outlets are totally different than in the US. Do I need an adaptor? If so, what kind? Thank you!
I stayed at the Marriott (not the Beach Club villas but in the main building) in Dec 2013, and I had no issues with my standard power cords from home (phone, tablet, etc...). I did not use any adapters and had no issues whatsoever. Just did a quick search on google and I can tell there is a great deal of conflicting information. I am telling you that you can use the same plugs and devices you do in the U.S. on St Kitts with no converter or issues.
The US is 110-120. It's typically called 110, but it can be anywhere in that range and still be fine. From searching online it appears that St. Kitts and Nevis does "generally" have the UK standard 220-240v. But, the Marriott could certainly have decided to install US style 110v outlets and I'd say they could give the authoritative answer.
In fact, out of curiosity, I did a Google search for "St Kitts Marriott electrical outlets" and while the #1 (and official) result didn't address it, results 2 & 4 both say the resort has 110v US style outlets. The #3 result is some blog that only said "You don't need adapters or transformers" but since I don't know where the blog is based that's not very helpful.
So, I'd trust the hotel and not worry about bringing any adapters (unless you plan on plugging something in outside of the resort.)
Thank you so much! I did a Google search and was totally confused about what plug-ins they use! The hotel did say I should not need adaptors for US appliances, so sounds like that was the right advice. But the line was full of static, and I had a hard time hearing what they said for sure! We will see what St. Kitts has in store for us. Based on the reviews I've read, the Marriott and that island are either the best place on earth or quite horrible - haha! I imagine the truth is somewhere in between, but I think it will be hard to beat Hawaii which is where we went last year
I definitely enjoyed my trip. I relaxed around the pool most of the time. The beach and ocean are nice and the permanent umbrella/covers are quite convenient. The restaurants are decent enough. The pizza shack is a nice little switch up to expensive dinners out. Taxi's can be a little pricey but I find most of them are total $***boxes and should probably be in a junkyard but if you are renting a car that is no worry. Overall the trip was great and the Marriott was a comfortable and safe place to stay.
As a general tip for traveling. MOST digital devices (phones, laptops, iPads, etc...) are dual voltage. If you look at the tiny print, those devices will show "Input: 110-240v". In that case you can use one of those universal travel adapters.
But, if it says "110-120v" or "220-240v" you want to be careful. While one of those adapters will make you physically able to plug in the device, it can easily get damaged. In that case you need a transformer, which is heavy and not really travel friendly so I wouldn't even bother.
Also, especially beware The Philippines. They typically use US ungrounded style outlets (2 flat blades), but have 220v electricity. So, it looks like it will work, but will fry 110v devices in a heartbeat. Just ask my father-in-law got to enjoy his Christmas present about 30 seconds before he plugged it in and it sent out a puff of smoke.
Here's a pic of the villa. We had a 2BR without ocean view (the cheapest/least amount of points option). We actually could see the ocean from the villa, though, so no complaints. It was huge with 2 large bedrooms, 2 large baths, a great kitchen, and plenty of living space. There were 2 balconies as well. The resort was in great shape, despite some reviews I'd read to the contrary. The grounds are shared between the Marriott hotel and the MVC, and there is a casino which is kind of fun. The villas had brand new furniture and appeared to have been remodeled recently. The villas actually look just like the ones at Crystal Shores in Marco Island, FL, now. I'm not sure if that is good since it removes some of the local charm element. Although the MVC is so "Americanized" you really need to leave the resort to get a feel for the island, anyway. Service was excellent, and the staff at the resort and the locals were all very friendly. We had no problems at all. We ate at all the restaurants and had great food and service. Prices weren't any worse than a comparable MVC in Florida. We really enjoyed it. Weather was 85 and sunny every day. Beach was excellent. Island not overly developed. Small grocery mart within walking distance, along with several restaurants of the property. Could walk to Caribbean side to see black sand beach and "the strip" which had beach bars. Also it's a quick walk up Timothy Hill to see the peninsula view with both Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, plus Nevis. Really only a 10 min. walk from the resort, if even that. Took a bus tour which was excellent. Not much shopping in town, but a few decent shops and vendors on the resort property. Flew on Delta from ATL and no problems there, either. Felt safe on the island. Overall a fun trip, and we would recommend this MVC!
Love the pictures particularly the deserted beach!! So Delta serves St. Kitts from ATL, good to know even if it is ATL one airport I really don't like to fly in to or out of, but guess a connection might not be all that bad.
Thanks much for the info, you put St. Kitts on the list now.
PS - Although the hotel/villas were completely full while we were there, we never had problems finding pool chairs, beach chairs, getting a seat at a restaurant, etc. The beach is humungous and has plenty of space, and the pool area and restaurants were spacious. This was a relief to me as we spent Christmas break at Marco Island Marriott (not the timeshares) and had major problems finding beach chairs!