There's nothing showy about Nevis, St Kitts' sweet and unhurried sister island, where blissfully uncrowded beaches fringe a forested interior that rises to the majestic, often cloud-shrouded Mt Nevis (3182ft). Sprinkled with rustic charm and infused with a keen historical awareness and appreciation, Nevis is a very different place to its bigger, brasher neighbor, and while many visitors come here just for the day, those in the know try to stay longer.
The coastal lowlands support bougainvillea, hibiscus and other flowering bushes that attract numerous hummingbirds. It's this lush landscape that makes Nevis so popular with cyclists, hikers, birders and other nature and outdoor fans. History buffs, meanwhile, can snoop around the legacy of Horatio Nelson and Alexander Hamilton, while beach bums and foodies will have plenty of choice as to where to indulge themselves.