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St. Kitts & Nevis
St Kitts, settled by Sir Thomas Warner in 1623, was the site of the first British colony in the West Indies. The following year the French also settled part of St Kitts, a situation Warner tolerated in part to gain an upper hand against the native Caribs living on the island. After they massacred the Caribs in a series of battles, the British and French turned on each other and St Kitts changed hands between the two several times before the 1783 Treaty of Paris brought the island firmly under British control. Sugar plantations thrived on St Kitts during this era.
This lush tropical paradise could easily be in the South Pacific rather than the Caribbean. With lush forests and a dormant volcano, St Kitts and it's sister island Nevis are often called 'the secret The Caribbean.' St Kitts and Nevis were  British colonies for hundreds of years, and the legacy lingers with afternoon tea and Cricket.
They got their independence from Britain in September 1983.  St. Kitts is the larger of the two islands, it is the more "developed" of the two.  Its capital city is called Basseterre. In comparison with other caribbean islands,  St. Kitts and Nevis  do not get the heavy tourist crowds other islands such as St Thomas and St Maarteen get.  A few cruiseships  maybe a couple days a week. While there are several resort hotels by the coastline,  there are also small mountain inns in the countryside which are quite nice. (and not necessarily budget, though, it would be good to inquire, anyway)

St Kitts is as hopping as Nevis is sleepy, but relaxation and a rum punch are requisites on both islands. The dual island nation may officially separate soon, but visitors can still enjoy a menu of plantation-cum-boutique hotels, palm tree-lined beaches and adventurous hikes.

Weather Overview
St Kitts is warm year-round, rarely getting below 27°C (72°F) at night, rarely above 30°C (86°F) by day. Between February and May, the slightly drier conditions and decadently hot highs will trump your tropical dreams. Other months can get quite wet. Annual rainfall averages 140cm (55in) and is fairly consistent throughout the year. The driest months are February to June and the hurricane (and rainy) season is July to November.

To prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water unless it has been boiled, filtered, or chemically disinfected (e.g. with iodine tablets); only eat fresh fruits and vegetables if cooked or peeled; be wary of dairy products that might contain unpasteurised milk, and be highly selective when eating food from street vendors. 

If you develop diarrhoea, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, preferably an oral re-hydration solution containing lots of salt and sugar. A few loose stools don't require treatment but, if you start experiencing more than four or five stools a day, you should start taking an antibiotic (usually a quinolone drug) and an antidiarrhoeal agent (such as loperamide). If diarrhoea is bloody, or persists for more than 72 hours, or is accompanied by fever, shaking chills or severe abdominal pain you should seek medical attention.

Visas are not required of most visitors, including citizens of the US, Canada, Western Europe and Commonwealth countries, for stays of up to six months. All visitors need passports and US and Canadian citizens will be required to travel with a passport as of January 1, 2007 or January 1, 2008, depending on mode of entry. Before that date, they are allowed to travel with an official birth certificate with a raised seal and a photo ID, such as a drivers license. Visitors are required to be in possession of a roundtrip or onward ticket.

St Kitts has  its towering mountain (inactive) volcano called Mt Liamuiga , (mount Misery)  which is a good easy 2-3 hr hike to the summit.  The vegetation is very lush and tropical. There are  large sugar cane fields in the area (in the lowlands), and a sugar mill in the east side of the island. 
St Kitts has a large fort called Brimstone Hill built by the British.  Brimstone Hill is known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies, and has seen much bloodshed.  The hill is said to be unclimbable, yet control of the fortress changed hands several times between the French and English between 1627
and 1713. If memory serves correct.  In the end the French were defeated after something like an 18 month battle.  When over thrown, the French were allowed to leave the fortress flags flying and drums beating.  Brimstone Fortress was left to decay for many years until it's historic significance was realized, and it was turned into a National Park.  Recently restored, It is now pretty well maintained, and in a clear day you get a panoramic view of some of the surrounding islands, such as St Eustachious  and Saba.
Nightlife is mostly centred around hotels & clubs, although the capital, Basseterre, has a few bars of its own. There is also a casino in the Royal St. Kitts Marriott Resort.
The true secret to experiencing kittisian nightlife is to learn what the locals do.  Friday nights the Inons Bar out at Frigate Bay becomes a wild party sometimes until the sun starts to rise.  Otherwise heading into small communities and stopping into a rumshop will definitely give you some unique experiences.
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