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Island Adventures In St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis are separated by a two-mile stretch of water. The islands appear relatively unspoiled, as the buildings are no higher than the tallest palm tree. St. Kitts has volcanic origins, resulting in a 68-mile stretch of imposing mountains and lush rainforests. Nevis’ center is dominated by one grand mountain encircled by beautiful, sandy beaches.

The capital of St. Kitts, Basseterre, sits on the southern coast. Most of the city can be seen in less than an hour. Be sure to reserve some time for the famous St. George’s Anglican Church.

The once-active volcano, Mount Liamuiga, reaches 3,792 feet and can be seen from the area west of Basseterre known as Bloody Point. This is also the sight of a Carib Indian massacre in the 1620s.

Another interesting sight is known as the Black Rocks, which were formed from waves hitting the volcanic lava for hundreds of years.

Almost 38 acres, Brimstone Hill Fortress is the second largest fort in the Caribbean. Bits and pieces of the framework outline officer’s quarters and barracks, and the massive walls measure up to 12 feet thick.

A St. Kitts and Nevis journey would not be complete without a visit to one of the many art galleries on the island. From paintings to pottery, these locally owned galleries truly express their island culture through the arts.

The southeastern part of St. Kitts was recently discovered as a wildlife haven. You are sure to see Green vervet monkeys, since they outnumber the residents on the island. Also, it is home to mongoose, egrets, frigates and booby birds.

The more popular beaches, Banana Bay and South Friar’s Bay, are found on the southern coast and are famous for their soft, white sands. North Frigate Beach and Conaree Beach are suggested for horseback riders to enjoy. Snorkelers usually retreat to White House Bay.

Although it is not well known, twelve shipwrecks off the two islands create an unexpected diver’s paradise in the waters of both St. Kitts and Nevis.

You can arrive by ferry to Nevis in 45 minutes. The capital, Charlestown, was the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton and his former house is now a museum. The 17th-century Jewish cemetery is another claim to fame. Yet another museum on the island contains the world’s largest collection of Admiral Horatio Nelson memorabilia.

The first-ever Caribbean resort can be found on Nevis. Called the Bath Hotel and Bath Springs, it was built in 1778 by John Higgins for European nobles. The baths remain consistent at 108 degrees and are open for your bathing pleasures.

The beaches of Nevis vary in their color with black, tan, white and pink sands. Pinney’s, Oualie, Newcastle and Windward Beach are the most popular. Pinney’s Beach lasts four miles and offers palms for shade, while Windward Beach is preferred by surfers.

Romney Manor is a great place for exploration. Originally owned by Sam Jefferson, great-great-grandfather of Thomas Jefferson, the home is rich in history and tradition. The manor is named after its second owner, Lord Romney Britain, who in 1834 emancipated his slaves against orders from Parliament. This made the Romney Manor the first home on the island to free slaves. Visitors also visit the beautiful 350 year old saman tree which rests on the grounds of the manor.