The ferry from St Kitts docks right in pint-size Charlestown, Nevis’ cute capital, where banks and businesses coexist with tourist facilities and gingerbread Victorians. It’s a fun spot for a stroll and is rarely crowded. The closest beach, lovely Pinney's, is a 15-minute jaunt north.
The circular road traverses the lush southern part of Nevis between cloud-shrouded Mt Nevis and Saddle Hill, skirting crumbling sugar-mill stacks and plantation estates–turned-hotels. In the east, the population thins out and the sloping, green flatlands – once sugarcane plantations – run down to the turbulent Atlantic. It’s a desolate and dramatic landscape.
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.
Frigate Bay, some 3 miles southeast of Basseterre, is an isthmus dividing the calm Caribbean side and the surf-lashed Atlantic side, which is dominated by the hulking Marriott resort. The area teems with good restaurants but the key draw is 'the Strip', a row of funky beach bars along South Frigate Bay.