These Underrated Caribbean Islands Are The Perfect Addition To Your Travel Bucket List

Off the coast of Puerto Rico, this tropical island pair boasts the best of both worlds for travelers with a vibrant nightlife scene balanced by its peaceful, untouched landscape. The coastal oasis of sister islands St. Kitts and Nevis boasts white sand beaches and evergreen rainforests backed by emerald hillsides. Unbeknownst to many tourists, these Caribbean jewels were two of the first islands to be colonized by the British Commonwealth. Besides its reputation as a tropical haven, St. Kitts and Nevis have a rich history rooted in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

While the islands' landscapes alone are a testament to their beauty, there's something to be said about the unhurried lifestyles the Kittitians cling to that permeates their culture. Sheltered from the hectic lifestyle of the mainland, Kittitians embrace their native proverb, "liming." This cultural expression emphasizes the importance of socialization and embracing the joy of the present. If you're searching for a remote destination with a lively social scene, look no further than St. Kitts. For a relaxing oceanside getaway, consider the peaceful, laid-back shores of Nevis.

Discover adventure and vibrant nightlife on the coastline of St. Kitts

St. Kitts is the pinnacle of adventure for outdoor enthusiasts and revelers seeking vibrant nightlife. Frigate Bay, commonly known as "The Strip," is the center of moonlight entertainment and the hub of activity during daylight hours. Parallel to the island's shoreline and lined with swaying coconut palms, the strip boasts a dynamic medley of local eateries. Travelers can easily hop between the trendy beach bars, with popular clubs including Vibes Beach Bar and Mr. X's Shiggidy Shack. Live music, tropical cocktails, and beachside dining make this bayside attraction a local hot spot on St. Kitts.

Make your way to the southern tip of the island to explore one of St. Kitts' favorite gems: Cockleshell Beach. Framed by a backdrop of lush, rolling hillsides, hip beach bars, and tiki cabanas, Cockleshell is the epitome of a picturesque Caribbean destination. The small harbor is also a popular port for cruise excursions to dock at the island's shores. Situated on the west side of St. Kitts is Brimstone Hill Fortress. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this 18th-century fortress symbolizes the island's turbulent colonial history. Designed by the Europeans but assembled by African slaves, it's a testament to the long-standing power battle between the Caribbeans and the British fleet.

Indulge in the peaceful, white sand shores of Nevis

Don't let its smaller size fool you. While luxurious resorts may populate its coastline, the island of Nevis is brimming with adventure, from its coral reefs to its tenebrous jungles. Just 15 minutes offshore lies the popular dive site, Booby High Shoals. The reefs descend 40 feet to the ocean floor where a host of fluorescent marine life populate the shelf. Species commonly sighted include lobster, Southern Stingrays, and Hawksbill Turtles.

Wander into Charlestown, the capital of Nevis and center of life on the island. With a population of only 2,000 people, travelers will enjoy the quintessential small-town vibes. Farther inland, ATV tours and winding hiking trails through Nevis' tangled vegetation remain popular tourist attractions. Check into the Four Seasons Resort for a luxury retreat anchored on the shores of Pinney's Beach. Just a short stroll down the promenade are the white sandy shores of Oualie Beach. The sheltered cove's calm surf and clear waters create optimal conditions for snorkeling or relaxing in the gentle tide.