ST KITTS & NEVIS

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • Sister islands blessed with lush vegetation, tropical flowers, dormant volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and colonial architecture.
  • An abundance of romantic retreats; many 18th-century plantations have been converted into small hotels.
  • Not just for beach bums: adrenaline junkies can windsurf the two miles between the islands, bike the old sugar roads, and explore the islands on horseback.
  • See the St. Kitts Music Festival in June; Alexander Hamilton's birthplace on Nevis.
  • Good buys: bowls from Newcastle Pottery, Nevis; Caribelle batik and John Warden clothes from St. Kitts; hot sauce and honey; commemorative issues from the Nevis Philatelic Bureau.

WHEN TO GO

High season is December to March; seek bargains any other time—summer heat is tempered by steady northeasterly winds; May to November rains are not severe, and hurricanes come with warnings.

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