With a population of 11,000 and few developments, you'll see more island than islanders on this 36-square-mile island.

Budget travel tip Stay among the former sugar farms on Mount Nevis at Golden Rock Plantation Inn for $150 a night (869-469-3346,

Get moving! Lope on horseback through tiny villages and along unspoiled beaches with the Nevis Equestrian Centre ($55; 869-469-8118, If horsepower's not your speed, take a two- to three-hour fat-tire bike ride over old plantation trails with Windsurf 'n' Mountain Bike Nevis ($55; 869-469-9682,

Can't miss Sign up for the day-long, guided excursion to the top of Nevis Peak with Top to Bottom tours ($30; 869-469-9080, The route can get muddy as it winds up and through the cloud-shrouded rain forest but rewards you with exhilarating views at the top.

Pamper yourself Get bikini-prepped with a mango sea salt glow at the Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis ($110; 869-469-1111,

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