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In a word:
“Put your feet up”
Diving between races, barracudas, nurse sharks and sea turtles; Wandering around the coastal village of Old Road Town to see the old trains loaded with freshly cut sugar cane.
The islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis are two of the most peaceful places in the Caribbean, and one of the few countries in the region where agriculture is even more important in the economy than tourism.
Le isole hanno interni montuosi, campi di canna, stagni salati e baie profondamente frastagliate. La cultura è un mix di tradizioni europee, africane e caraibiche.
When in 1493 Christopher Columbus spotted the island, during his second journey to the New World , he named it " San Cristoforo ", plus later abbreviated as St Kitts .
To name the nearby island: Nevis , Columbus referred to the Spanish word " nieves " ( snow ) , perhaps because the clouds that cover its mountains reminded him of the snowy peaks of the European mountains.
St Kitts and Nevis are the oldest British colonies in the Caribbean region.
The federation of the two islands forms the smallest nation in the Western Hemisphere. While Kittians and Nevisians amicably coexist, they share essentially the same culture, and most Nevisians live on St Kitts, they are fierce rivals: their annual cricket match is an intense affair.
With a private van we set off to discover this small island. We follow one of the only two roads present, on one side the Caribbean Sea, on the other the majestic Atlantic Ocean.
We enter a path immersed in the living and impenetrable nature where, from time to time, we can see some small monkeys...
We visit what in the past had been a rum distillery but there are just some old ruins now in the shade of avogado trees or coconut palms.
Nicholas, our driver, tells us that in the southern area of the island they are starting to build resorts, hotels and golf clubs ... a bit like Aruba... let's hope they do not ruin this island too fast, it seems to maintain its tropical and non-globalized identity from mass tourism.
We go back to Basseterre, the capital, the city center is the "circus”, a round about with a green tower clock; this is the place where slaves were sold in the past.
Around you see so many Indians who run the various fake and counterfeit things shops, Rasta blacks who walk very relaxed, schoolboys with dark uniforms just out of school.
Sitting in a small bar not far from Independence Square , a small park with very old trees, drinking the famous local beer " Carib ", we await the sunset and the end of a another wonderful day at Caribbean .
Ready to sail to the wonderful ones British Virgin Islands!