St. Kitts and Nevis are located in the Leeward Islands in the West Indies. These islands were the first in the Caribbean to be settled by the Europeans, with St. Kitts being the home first French and British colonies. The islands are two of the oldest colonized territories in the Caribbean. St. Kitts and Nevis are both volcanic islands, forming some 3 million years ago, though the last eruption was quite some time ago, the island is still volcanically active in areas such as Bath Springs and other underwater sites.
The Caribbean has always held music festivals and Carnival as part of its culture. Carnival on St. Kitts is held from December 13th through January 3rd. The last week of June is the annual St. Kitts Music Festival and a week long Culturama festival takes places on Nevis, from the end of July until the first week of August. Additional festivals include the Inner City Festival in February held in Molineaux; the Green Valley Festival on Whit Monday in the village of Cayon; Easterama in Sandy Village; Fest-Tab over the summer in Tabernacle; La Festival de Capisterre is held on Independence Day, September 19th, in both Nevis and St. Kitts. All of these festivals typically have parades,elaborate costumes, street entertainers, salsa, jazz and steelpan music as part of the celebration.
Visitors can also take a guided hike through the St. Kitts Rainforest. This tour is offered all year round except on December 25th, Christmas Day. Another popular tourist location is Basseterre, where visitors can experience the culture, history and sights of the village. Basseterre is also home to glorious beaches and is known for its entertaining nightlife.
While on St. Kitts island, another interesting thing to do is to visit a dormant volcano. Guests are taken by Land Rover on an hour long drive to the base of Mount Liamuiga. A tour guide then takes the group on a two-hour hike through the rainforest and up to the summit. After an afternoon spent sightseeing and exploring, the tour guide will set up a picnic lunch and after lunch is over, the group descends the mountain and is given souvenir photographs to commemorate the event.
Other guests will find sailing to Nevis on a giant 70 foot catamaran, very delightful. Visitors will enjoy a lovely day spent on the ocean, with stops in small cays which allows snorkeling. There is a fully stocked bar on the boat and midday the ship will stop at Pinney Beach on Nevis. After docking, guests will enjoy a BBQ lunch and get to explore for a few hours on the beach, before the ship makes its departure back to St. Kitts.
The Alexander Hamilton Museum is located in Charlestown and showcases the history of Nevis, as well as the life of Alexander Hamilton, the first US Secretary of the Treasury. The museum also incorporates exhibits that showcase conservation. While the history of Nevis is shown in exhibits entitled; Flags Over Nevis, Associated Statehood and Independence and Party in Power. The cultural part of Nevis is shown in Cooking and Homecraft, Leisure Time and Our Architectural Heritage. The museum is in a Caribbean/Georgian type building, which was the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton in 1755.
There are several affordable and comfortable hotels available in St. Kitts and Nevis. Among the most popular are the townhouse villas at the Four Seasons, the Five Star Guest House at Nevis, which is located at the base of Mount Nevis and in the village of Gingerland, or Philshas Guest House, sits out among beautiful mango trees and exotic gardens. JP's Guesthouse is located in the heart of Charlestown and just a short walk to the historical district and open air markets. With all the options available and all the sites to see, the islands of Nevis and St. Kitts are an ideal location to get lost in a tropical paradise.