Guide to St Kitts and Nevis

By Sunshine Flint

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.

This tiny dual-island nation — St Kitts is 65 square miles and Nevis is just 36 — is the very definition of good things coming in small packages. Surrounded by some of the Caribbean’s clearest waters, St Kitts and Nevis is a dream tropical destination, from the golden- and black-sand beaches to the volcanic peaks covered in lush rainforest to the laid-back atmosphere. The cloud-swathed dormant volcano Mt Liamuiga, the tallest peak on the island, dominates tadpole-shaped St Kitts’ western end. The lively capital of Basseterre, located where the middle of the island starts to narrow, was founded by the French and taken over by the British in the 18th century, and the green-capped eastern end of St Kitts points to Nevis, which sits just two miles across the strait known as The Narrows. The islands’ vibrant marine and coral life, from angelfish to sea turtles, is a boon to snorkelers and divers, so a day on the water is a must. On quiet, easygoing Nevis, visitors flock to the golden-sand beaches, snorkeling and diving sites, and luxury resorts such as the Four Seasons Nevis. This small isle was once the colonial capital of the Leeward Islands and the home of Alexander Hamilton, everyone’s favorite founding father without a father, and the Hamilton Broadway show has spurred an uptick in visitors to his birthplace in the past few years.

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