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Natural beauty abounds in this two-island nation, and the five best things to do in St. Kitts and Nevis take advantage of the finest that Mother Nature has to offer:
1. Sweeping views, unique history and vibrant flora and fauna come together for a memorable experience at the Clay Villa Plantation House and Gardens, a property that dates back to 1763. Tour the home and gardens with upbeat guides Philip and Bridget, and you’ll be captivated by St. Kitts’ only free working estate (which never employed the use of slavery).
2. The juxtaposition of the imposing Brimstone Hill Fortress against St. Kitts’ tranquil landscape is curiously beautiful. This formidable fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a testament both to the intelligence of the British military engineers who designed it and to the strength of the African slaves who were used to build it. Spectacular ocean views make this self-guided tour all the more worth it.
3. The waters surrounding St. Kitts and Nevis are home to a plethora of interesting dive sites, from reefs, walls and caves teeming with life to wrecks like the River Taw, where easy swim-throughs and views directly into the hull of this 144-foot-long island freighter make for a magical experience. Don’t pass up a dive at The Vents, where hot water vent holes attract all kinds of curious species.
4. The very essence of Nevis’ beauty and tranquility is on display at the Nevis Botanical Gardens, set against the backdrop of the stunning Nevis Peak. Take a stroll through this five-acre garden and you’ll encounter beautiful collections of tropical flowers, fruit trees and cascading water elements. It’s peace and serenity at its finest.
5. There’s an air of mystery surrounding the dramatically beautiful Nevis Peak, a spire of lush greenery that rises more than 3,000 feet toward the sky, often disappearing into the clouds. Guides can be hired for an informative tour, but the hike can be done solo and is not quite as strenuous as you might imagine. Sections of rope assist hikers along the easy-to-follow trail, and the canopy overhead keeps you cool throughout the hike. If you get lucky and happen to hike on a rare day when the peak is not shrouded in clouds, the view from the mountain is nothing short of spectacular.