Lake Gunn, South Island © Jocelyn Kinghorn
Saint Kitts and Nevis is shaped rather like a tennis racquet and ball. The former is larger and separated by 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, they still pack 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 a natural splendour to stun even the most avid city-slicker. 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.