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A tiny dual-island nation that is big on character and charm
A dual-island country as well as one of the world’s smallest nations, these beautiful islands offer an exotic and thoroughly charming Caribbean experience. Both islands are dotted with charming plantation inns and historic sites; a testament to their place as a former bastion of colonial elegance and gracious living. St Kitts – the larger of the two – is home to a dormant volcano, a UNESCO-listed fortress and a scenic narrow gauge railway. Guests staying on Nevis fly into St Kitts’ airport before transferring by boat to its sleepy sister island. Nevis is more laid back and boasts unspoilt beaches and beautiful botanical gardens. Both islands offer a host of activities such as hiking, kayaking, horse riding and bird watching.
- Perhaps not as well-known as other Caribbean islands, St Kitts and Nevis are perfect for those lured by the Caribbean but wanting to stay away from the crowds
- Known as the ‘mother colony of the West Indies’ this tiny nation is not short on history and heritage sights having been among the first Caribbean islands settled by Europeans
- St Kitts, officially called St Christopher and the larger of the two islands, was the oldest and wealthiest of the British colonies
- Known as the ‘Jewel of the Caribbees’ Nevis has a laid back ambience with genuine charm, friendly locals and magnificent scenery
- For a little adventure, head into the St Kitts rainforest for incredible valley views
Best time to visit St Kitts & Nevis
The Caribbean has become a popular year-round destination with temperatures ranging between the high 20s and low 30s. The dry season is from December to June, while the wet season is from July to November when showers are likely and the humidity levels are high. What’s known as ‘hurricane season’ runs from June to November.
St Kitts & Nevis holiday highlights
St Kitts is one of the quieter Caribbean islands and retains the charm and quaintness that some of the larger islands had just 40 years ago. Its laid-back atmosphere, volcanic mountain hills, ruinous forts and tropical rainforest area make it a haven for relaxation and exploration. Volcanic peaks are fringed by secluded bays and deserted beaches are backed by swaying palms and plantation house resorts.
Nevis lies just 2 miles across the water from St Kitts, and makes the larger island seem like a bustling city in comparison. Dominated by the picturesque Nevis Peak, which is often masked by cloud, the island is also known locally as the ‘Queen of the Caribees’. It has a laid-back ambience with genuine charm, friendly locals and magnificent scenery that is dominated by the towering volcano, Nevis Peak.
Old sugar plantations have an ambience of faded colonial grandeur, while ruined fortresses lie as testament to how highly contested and sought after these tropical islands once were.