START IN STYLE: ST KITTS AND NEVIS
If St Kitts is the languid bigger brother, then Nevis is the chilled-out sibling of these twin islands. A tropical green jewel fringed by sands unspoilt even by flip flop prints, it’s just 36-miles around. With a reputation for friendliness, it’s a tiny isle packed with charm.
Its monochrome coast makes a striking first impression as volcanic black sand bays contrast with bright white beaches – and cerulean seas. This is the place to kayak and go yachting, cast off on a deep-sea fishing expedition, or scuba dive with Hawksbill Turtles. You’ll quickly see why the early Caribs dubbed Nevis ‘Land of the Beautiful Waters’.
Inland, the Botanical Gardens are a must visit. Butterflies pirouette around fountains, the scent of herbs fills the air and the sound of cascading waterfalls is the only things that punctuates the calm. Those looking for a serious challenge can hike Nevis Peak – or stick to strolling amongst mango trees. And there’s a chance to step into the history books with visits to sugar estates, as well as the spots where Horatio Nelson was married and Alexander Hamilton (founding father of the USA) was born.