The islands of St Kitts (officially named St Christopher) and Nevis are in the north part of the Leeward Islands.
Slightly off the beaten track, neither island is overrun with tourists; St Kitts is developing its southern peninsula where there are sandy beaches, but most of the island is untouched. Rugged volcanic peaks, forests and old fortresses produce spectacular views, and hiking is very rewarding.
Two miles away, the conical island of Nevis is smaller and very desirable. Plantation houses on both islands have been converted into some of the most romantic hotels in the Caribbean, and are very popular with honeymooners.
While one federation, the sister islands are quite different. St Kitts, the larger, is more cosmopolitan and lively, receiving international flights and the largest cruise ships, while Nevis is quieter and more sedate, receiving regional flights and smaller craft.
Wherever you go on these two small islands there are breathtaking, panoramic views of the sea, mountains, cultivated fields and small villages.