Thursday, 21 October 2010
The charm of Caribbean region would be absolutely incomplete without Saint Kitts and Nevis – the islands which were among the first to be settled by the Europeans. These islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, and they were fully colonized only in 1623. They were a subject of dispute and battles between the Spanish and the British up to 1713, when the islands have been finally surrendered to the English rule. Geographically they are a part of the Leeward Islands, together with a number of other large and small isles of the Caribbean. Unmatched natural beauty and wildlife preservations are the main assets of these two small pieces of land. There are a lot of other interesting activities, and to enjoy them in full without experiencing a problem of finding an accommodation browse our St. Kitts and Nevis vacation rentals section.
Just spend a little of your time to read some information about the islands and start arranging your journey. There is much to see and do.
The untouched ecosystems of the both islands are simply the best destinations for eco-tourism. The tropical rainforests along with coral reefs and winding coastlines will astound you completely. Mount Liamuiga, a dormant volcano on St. Kitts, offers a great hiking opportunity to the broad edge of its crater. During the ascension you are sure to see a variety of exceptionally rare birds and butterflies. Nevis brings you a journey up to the Nevis Peak through the rainforests nestling across its slopes. The eastern coast of the island is rich in assorted nature and archaeological sites. You will find more particular information on each of the islands in the following paragraphs.
St. Kitts is the larger island, and there are more places to see and enjoy. Generally it takes several days to explore its attractions, including a variety of beach bars and water activities. Pure relaxation is also an option, since the sands are abundant. Frigate Bay area is nearly the most popular and lively. The capital of the country, Basseterre, is also on St. Kitts. It is a great place to visit and furthermore a commercial center of the islands. Former sugarcane plantations and quiet dormant villages encircle the island. Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the northwest, is famous by an 18th-century fort at the top of the hill. An overall impression of a little lack of organization makes St. Kitts provide a more genuine feeling.
Nevis seems like a reduced copy of St. Kitts. The only road on the island is the one that goes around it, and it takes about two hours to perform the full route. But if you are going to see the sights along the way and stop for a snack in one of the plantation inns, you may spend all day marveling at wonderful nature and historical places, such as the ruins of old sugar plantations, a lime kiln, or Amerindian sites. Beach activities are also available, snorkeling, diving and water sports being main of them. Nevis Peak is situated in the center of the island, and its top is often covered in clouds, which makes it even more tempting to climb. The main town is Charleston, and it takes approximately 15 minutes to walk it through. But it is worth to stay awhile too, and that is what Nevis vacation rentals are for.
They say in Nevis: "You're only a stranger here once." Hospitality and charm of these islands is the thing that will make you feel like home, and even better.