This warm and welcoming two-island nation combines some lovely beaches with impressive mountains, activities on land and water, and a rich history. The local culture is mellow, friendly and infused with a pulsing soca beat, and revolves around 'limin'' (hanging out, drinking and talking).
But if the pair offer much that’s similar, they differ in the details. St Kitts is larger and more commercial, from bustling Basseterre and its huge Port Zante cruise terminal to the party strip and resorts of Frigate Bay. Across the Narrows, tranquil Nevis is a neater package, anchored by a single volcanic mountain buttressed by a handful of wonderful beaches and tiny colonial capital, Charlestown. Nature walks take you to the verdant upper reaches of the peak, while the island's history takes in British admiral Horatio Nelson, US founding father Alexander Hamilton and several well-preserved sugar plantations, now luxurious hotels.