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The sister islands of St. Kitts and Nevis are ideal destinations for travelers with rest and relaxation in mind. While vacationing in these West Indies paradises, you're surrounded by stretches of pristine, quiet beaches and introduced to a leisurely appreciation of life at a slower pace. Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States, was born and raised here. The islands’ colonial heritage (it changed hands many times between the French and the English) is on full display with Victorian-style architecture and pastel-hued buildings. You'll feel right at home amid the islands’ charming small towns, white-sand beaches, and ample amenities, including golf courses, spas, restaurants, shopping, and tennis.
Board the St. Kitts Scenic Railway to embark on a three-hour tour of the isle. The train follows a 30-mile circular route (18 miles aboard the narrow-gauge train and 12 miles aboard sightseeing buses). The railway was originally built to transport sugar cane.
Explore the Golden Rock Nature Trails, a series of paths which course through the grounds of an 18th-century sugar plantation. Up for a challenge? Take the Butler’s Source route to see the Prison Farm (also known as Russell's Rest).
Located in Basseterre on the island of St. Kitts, Cockleshell is one of the islands’ most popular beaches, thanks to its powdery white sand and funky beachfront restaurants.
Positioned against the backdrop of Mount Nevis, the Botanical Gardens of Nevis features five acres of tropical foliage, flowers, ponds, and fountains.
Vervet monkeys inhabit Nevis. These social creatures have silver bodies and black faces. Four Seasons offers a Sunset Monkey Tour Excursion to take you to the monkeys' natural forest habitat by way of a guided tour.
This national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on St. Kitts, is one of the most well-preserved fortifications in the Americas. The fort dates back to the late 1600s.
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No cabin fever here. If you're in the mood to explore, the ferry ride between Nevis and St. Kitts is a short 45-minute commute. Six ferries operate between all the islands and water taxis make getting around a breeze.
Sunshine's Beach Bar & Grill on Nevis is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and dancing. Try the Killer Bee, the famous rum drink that put this bar on the map. Former guests include the likes of Beyoncé and John Travolta.
The official language of St. Kitts and Nevis is English but you will also hear Creole, a dialect of the Leeward Caribbean populations, spoken by around 40,000 people. Words are rarely pluralized and adjectives such as "very" and "extremely" are rarely used.
In public places like the airport and downtown, wearing shoes and a shirt is a must. It is a sign of disrespect on the island to be shirtless and shoeless in the more populated areas. An easy rule: if you're not at the beach, wear shoes and a shirt.
There are no bad times to visit St. Kitts and Nevis. A tropical climate, complete with sunny skies and gentle trade winds, will greet you most any time of the year. Some say that May through November is the rainiest time, but rainfall is mostly consistent throughout the year, meaning the islands see less of the extremes that some other Caribbean islands experience.