Caribbean Se­cret

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If you’re look­ing for a cou­ple of places to es­cape the crush­ing tourist crowds, the is­lands of

St. itts and Ne­vis t the bill. Colum­bus dis­cov­ered these ob­scure is­lands on his sec­ond voy­age in 1493, but it seems that the masses have yet to dis­cover them, which is why they re­main one of the Caribbean’s best-kept se­crets. Ne­vis is the qui­eter of the sis­ter is­lands, but tran­quil beaches, un­crowded shops, restau­rants and his­toric sites await you at both des­ti­na­tions.

St. Kitts has sev­eral his­toric forts. The most pop­u­lar is Brim­stone Hill Fortress, nine miles west of the cap­i­tal and main port, Bas­seterre. Dat­ing from 1690, the fort is a com­plex of bas­tions, barracks and other struc­tures built on the top and up­per slopes of a steep, 800-foot hill.

Three miles from Bas­seterre you’ll nd the best swim­ming at Cona­ree Beach. For a deeper wa­ter ex­pe­ri­ence, Nags Head, at the south­ern tip of St. Kitts, o ers ex­cel­lent div­ing amid trop­i­cal sh, ea­gle rays and lobsters.

Vis­i­tors who re­ally want a work­out can at­tempt to scale Mount Li­a­muiga (3,792 feet), also known as “Mount Mis­ery.” A round trip up this dor­mant vol­cano takes about four hours.

Ne­vis, birth­place of Alexander Hamil­ton, rst Sec­re­tary of the Trea­sury of the United States, boasts a wide va­ri­ety of at­trac­tions. For ex­am­ple, you can ride a horse along Pin­ney’s Beach. On clear days, you can see Montser­rat, Re­donda and even Antigua. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude na­ture hikes, cy­cling and wind­surf­ing.

If you pre­fer lessstren­u­ous sight­see­ing, visit the Alexander Hamil­ton Mu­seum and the Ne­vis Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, or just snooze in a ham­mock at Oualie Beach.

St. Kitts has sev­eral his­toric forts.

The most pop­u­lar is Brim­stone Hill Fortress.

Taste of Bas­seterre

St. Kitts is known for its hearty meat dishes, like rich goat stew and roast pig.

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