Introducing St Kitts & Nevis
Near-perfect packages – that’s how you might think of St Kitts and Nevis. The two-island nation combines beaches with beauteous mountains, activities to engage your body and rich history to engage your mind. The legacies of the sugar industry survive in pleasant plantation inns and the local culture is mellow, friendly and infused with a pulsing soca beat.
But if the pair offer much that’s similar, they differ in the details. St Kitts is the larger and feels that way, from bustling Basseterre and mighty Brimstone Hill Fortress to the party strip and resorts of Frigate Bay.
Nevis is a neater package, anchored by a single volcanic mountain buttressed by a handful of beaches and a tiny capital, Charlestown. Nature walks take you into the verdant upper reaches of the peak. History here centers on the big names of Horatio Nelson and Alexander Hamilton.
St Kitts & Nevis is a relaxed twin-island nation that wraps palm-shaded beaches, jungle-draped dormant volcanoes and plenty of vestiges from a turbulent past into one tidy package.
Need to know
St Kitts' bustling capital, Basseterre (pronounced ‘bass-tear’), has a compact downtown next to the cruise-ship terminal. At its center stands the Circus, a roundabout anchored by a Victorian-style green clock tower. Nearby, locals ‘lime’ on grassy Independence Square, a former slave market framed by Georgian-era brick houses and a dignified cathedral.