Country guides Caribbean
Saint Kitts and Nevis is shaped rather like a tennis racquet and ball; 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. Despite this, 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 today more as a tropical paradise than anything else, with clear and inviting waters, sandy beaches and natural wonders. Together with a diverse range of activities, historical sites and the charm of their two capital harbour towns, the volcanic islands are a seductive blend of colour, sunshine and luxurious relaxation.