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St Kitts and Nevis Travel Guide
Saint Kitts and Nevis is shaped rather like a tennis racquet and ball, as the former is larger and separated from its southern counterpart by a two mile (3km) channel called the Narrows. It's the smallest sovereign state in the Americas by both area and population, though it still packs a touristic punch.
The sleepy and lush islands appear forgotten in time, conveying nothing of their former prosperity and turbulent history. European powers once fought for control of the territory as it became the most illustrious sugar colony in the Caribbean, its rich waters an irresistible stalking ground for pirates who lay in wait for the merchant ships.
Saint Kitts and Nevis have become the tourist pearls of the Caribbean, valued as tropical paradises with clear and inviting waters, sandy beaches and natural wonders. A diverse range of activities, historical sites and the charm of their two capital harbour towns make the volcanic islands are a seductive blend of colour, sunshine and luxurious relaxation. Visitors will find the best, most-chic hotels near the south peninsula on St Kitts. St Nevis, by contrast, is more laidback and has many colonial-style guesthouses.