Basseterre, St. Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts is home to some of the best examples of West Indian architecture, all of which is set amid a dramatically beautiful landscape. The best shore excursion is a well-organized island tour, featuring a visit to the 17th-century British fortress at Brimstone Hill and the sites of the capital. The beaches here are magnificent, including Friar's Bay, which opens to the Atlantic and the Caribbean.�� Nevis, together with St. Kitts, comprises one of the smallest countries in the world. The islands were discovered by Columbus in 1493. Because he thought the mountains were covered with snow (they were actually covered by clouds), he named the smaller island Nevis after the Spanish word for "snow." Alexander Hamilton was born on the island, and his house is now a museum.