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This green and serene, “off the beaten path” island offers visitors the quiet comforts of a restful and relaxing vacation in nature. Although it’s a small island, there’s plenty to do outdoors. Visiting at least one of the plantations on the island is a must-do. But if you’re really adventurous, grab a tour guide and hike up the island’s dormant volcano, Nevis Peak. Additionally, Nevis is a snorkeling and scuba diving destination thanks to its colorful corals and brightly-hued fish. For serious divers, the waters that surround Nevis are full of uncharted dive sites. The people of Nevis are proud of their island and ready to share the unparalleled natural beauty of their home.
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Mapping Out Nevis
Nevis is 36 square miles, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern side and the Caribbean Sea on the western side. Nevis Peak sits in the center of the island with its highest elevation being 3,232 ft. The capital, Charlestown, is still a sleepy mid-Victorian Caribbean town, a far cry from the bustling capital centers of other Caribbean islands. Boasting of several beaches that stretch for miles relatively undisturbed, Nevis is a popular destination for those wanting to sit back and relax in the sun. Oualie Beach is the center for windsurfing, diving and snorkeling with trips to the nearby coral reefs and exotic dive sites. And the longest stretch of beach on the island is Pinney's Beach along the western side.
Happy Trails to You!
The island of Nevis has several hikes and trails you can take, some with tour guides and some you can take on your own.
At the Golden Rock Plantation Inn, there’s a trail that leads you through tropical foliage, picturesque grounds and forest plants and flowers. The hike isn’t too challenging so even an inexperienced hiker will enjoy the trail.
For those who are ready for a challenge, you can hike up Mt. Nevis. You’ll want a guide for this trek up the dormant volcano. And your tour guide can tell you about the variety of flora and fauna, as well as some history of the island along the way.
A Historic Stay
Nevis is home to five historic plantations that are now restored inns. Visiting one of the inns gives you an up close look at the history of the once booming sugar trade.
The plantations are nestled into the hills of Nevis, so you’ll be surrounded by lush tropical foliage, acres of land you can roam and unparalleled views of Nevis. When you stop by one of the plantations, you can have lunch, dinner or a drink while you enjoy the views.
Discover the Deep Blue Seas
Getting out and discovering Nevis from its bright blue waters will be a great way to spend time on your vacation. For one, the ocean that surrounds Nevis is filled with reefs, brightly colored fish and shipwrecks that snorkelers and divers will love exploring. Because the island isn't overly populated with tourists, the reefs are largely untouched.
But, there is more to do on this tiny island. If you want to spend some time fishing, the seas teem with mahi-mahi, blue marlin, yellow and black fin tuna and many more. You can also spend the day sailing, windsurfing or taking yacht tours around the island.
Off to the Market
One of the great things about vacationing in Nevis is how easy it is to really experience the entire island. Walking end to end in the town Charleston will take you about 15 minutes. Charleston is full of rich history. It's where Alexander Hamilton was born. You'll love walking around and checking out the architecture and detail of the buildings.
One of the highlights of Charlestown is the fresh market in the center of town. And, you can see the hub of activity on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Here you can find Caribbean-raised produce, homemade hot sauces and freshly grown spices. It’s fun talking, sharing and sampling the fresh ingredients with the locals.
Sister Island Adventure
If you're making the trip to Nevis, then spending time in St. Kitts is a must!The island is larger than Nevis, but equally as charming.
You can hike through the rain forest, enjoy the view from Brimstone Hill Fortress, shop in the capital city, Basseterre, or lounge at Frigate Bay. The island boasts many outdoor adventures that you might want to enjoy, too.
From zip lining to jeep tours to hikes into a volcano crater, you’ll love exploring St. Kitts for a day.
Nevis Quick Facts
English is the official language
East Caribbean Dollar and US Bills are accepted by most stores (no coins).
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Nevis.
Drink only bottled or boiled water.
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
Mid-December – mid-April