Breathe in the scent of paradise as you arrive at the two-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. These two jewels of the Caribbean present breathtaking beauty and comfort with lush tropical forests, cloud-topped mountains, and dazzling beaches. Still relatively undiscovered by mass tourism, St. Kitts and Nevis offer all the fun and relaxation without the crowds. As the sister islands lie only 45 minutes away from each other by ferry, lodge on either one and enjoy the sights, shopping, nature, and beaches of both.
Known as the "Secret of the Caribbean", Nevis makes both an ideal place to spend lazy days in the sun and an adventure-filled landscape with sight-seeing and sports. The Botanical Gardens of Nevis attracts nature-lovers with 7.8 acres of natural lagoons, streams, waterfalls, an impressive collection of birds such as egrets, herons, rose gardens, orchids, cacti, and much more. A popular destination for history fans, the Alexander Hamilton Birthplace lies on the waterfront, marking the former home of a most influential American figure. The Georgian-style house serves as a reconstruction of Hamilton's 17th century home, and now acts as the Museum of Nevis History. The energetic vacationer will find a challenge hiking to the top of the (now dormant, of course) volcano, Mt. Nevis, which measures up to over 3,000 feet.
For those who love sand and water, Newcastle Beach, Oualie Beach, and Pinney's Beach all make great places to swim, snorkel, or relax. Calm waters attract snorklers to explore and fantastic, blazing sunsets create the perfect romantic stroll. A ring of coral reefs offshore create fantastic diving spots. The jewel of beaches, Pinney's presents four miles of yellow sand lined with palm trees. Enjoy a cold drink at the casual beach bars and mingle with the friendly natives.
Just a ferry ride away, St. Kitts welcomes you with treasure trove of colorful flora and fauna, unspoiled beaches, and gentle currents perfect for sailing. Full of historic ruins and friendly locale, this island creates a perfect tropical getaway. Lounge in the powdery white sand of Friar's Bay, which experts praise as St. Kitts finest. Many boat chartering companies exist on St. Kitts, mostly on Frigate Bay. The calmness of the ocean in this area makes sailing and fishing easy and pleasurable. Excellent dive sites abound in the surrounding waters. See the Sandy Point Reef, a designated National Marine Park with 90-foot canyons and anchors encrusted with coral formations.
Visit Basseterre, the capital of the nation for some great duty-free shopping and historic sight-seeing. Visit Brimstone Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a part of a national park dedicated by Queen Elizabeth in 1985. Or, go on a nature trail in the surrounding areas and take in the splendor of St. Kitts' rainforests. Stroll by fragrant orchids and lush trees and maybe even catch sight of the famous green vervet monkeys. A must see, Mt. Liamuiga reigns as the highest volcanic peak on the island at 1,156 miles. Formerly known as Mt. Misery, this volcano became dormant centuries ago. Brave five hour trek to the cloud-blanketed summit, and if you feel especially daring, climb the slippery slope into the very mouth of the peak and see the crater.
Surround yourself with sun, sand, and natural beauty while you enjoy a secluded getaway at St. Kitts and Nevis. Everything, from the cozy inns, to the lush forests, to the highest cloud-covered peak, combined with the sun and the tangy Caribbean environment, will stimulate your mood and appetite to make a perfect tropical vacation.