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Hiking on Nevis and St. Kitts's insider take:

Unlike the pancake-flat islands of the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos, Nevis and St. Kitts have real hills and mountains, and hiking away those piña colada calories on an early-morning trek feels oh-so-good. (Be back before the midday sun.) You might want a guide so you don't end up in your own episode of Lost. On St. Kitts, follow Earl "the Duke of Earl" Vanlow up to the milewide crater rim of Mount Liamuiga, the 3,792-foot volcano that formed the island (869-465-1899). On Nevis, Lynnell Liburd, an eco expert based in the village of Hardtimes, will guide you to Nevis Peak, a 3,232-foot volcano. Along the way, Lynnell passes along tidbits of ethnobotany—who knew stinging nettles could relieve cramps?—and points out the Green Vervet monkeys (869-469-2758). There are also more gentle (and do-it-yourself) nature hikes around Nevis's Golden Rock Estate and the Gingerland district.

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