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Holidays to St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis holidays deliver double the pleasure in a near-perfect package. Mountains soar above glimmering beaches, while sugar plantations (previously worked by slaves) have been transformed into lovely bed and breakfasts or museums of history.

However, as much as visitors of holidays to St. Kitts & Nevis will discover that the two are similar in lush tropical settings, they differ from one another in other ways. St. Kitts is the larger of the two islands and is more densely populated. At the centre of St. Kitts, the stunning vista of Mount Liamuiga soars through the fluffy clouds while the hustle and bustle of the capital city Basseterre carries on far below.

One of St. Kitts landmarks is the formidable Brimstone Fortress, where French forces drove off the British in 1782. Decay and time took its toll on the fortress until it was designated a national park and restored to its original state in 1965. Tours include the officers’ quarters, ammunition stores, the Citadel of Fort George, the Prince of Wales Bastion and the hospital.

The second largest city of Sandy Point is where Sir Thomas Warner landed with the first settlement of European immigrants. His involvement with tobacco crops led to a thriving industry and 17th century tobacco warehouses constructed by the Dutch West India Company still stand today. Even more poignant are the remnants of a pre-Columbian Carib community. Petroglyphic symbols and human figures are inscribed on a group of huge boulders.

Nevis, by contrast, has only one volcanic mountain and its only road circles the entire island. The languid charms of the city of Charleston are tinged with the history of Horatio Nelson and Alexander Hamilton.

Charleston is a city of 1,500 people and it is here that visitors on holidays to St. Kitts and Nevis will find the tranquillity of traditional Caribbean life.

Nevis is the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, perhaps most remembered in American history because of his death during a duel with Aaron Burr. However, the great statesman is honoured on Nevis and even though an earthquake destroyed the house he was born in 1840, the dwelling has been carefully restored and houses Hamilton memorabilia and the history of the Nevis Island.

Nevis is also home to the Horatio Nelson Museum and it contains the largest collection of Nelson papers and memorabilia in the West. The dashing young man was the darling of plantation parties and he courted and married the lovely Fanny Nesbit, a Nevis native.

Nevis has honoured its soldiers who served in World War I & II in its Memorial Square and the Jewish Cemetery is the resting place of Sephardic Jews who brought the technique of crystallizing sugar to the island.

Anyone on holidays to St. Kitts and Nevis will be delighted with the outdoor activities that abound in a tropical setting. Both islands offer non-motorised water sports as well as picnics at sugar plantations and nature walks.

Visitors enjoying holidays on St. Kitts and Nevis can travel between the two islands by taking the ferry.

 
 
 
 
 

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