Nestled in the heart of the sun-soaked Lesser Antilles islands in the Caribbean Sea and located just two miles from its sister island of St. Kitts, Nevis is a charming island renowned for its stunning landscape and serene way of life. Sculpted on volcanic hills and enjoying a myriad therapeutic hot springs, it has only a handful of hotels and guest houses to its name spread over just 35 square miles, allowing it to retain its incredibly unique soul. Mile after mile of untouched beaches, lush rainforests and mango trees ripe with delicious fruit await visitors to the island (for foodies, the annual Nevis Mango and Food Festival is a delight). Nevis also has a fascinating colonial history, and the old capital of Charlestown and crumbling sugar plantations hide secrets of its chequered past and offer a truly authentic escape to one of the gems of the Caribbean. Nevis is also becoming known as the Island of Sport, playing host to the annual Nevis to St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim, the Nevis Running Festival, the Nevis Triathlon, the Quallie Beach Fishing tournament, and even horse-racing events.
Airports / Gateways / Flying times
Airports: There are daily connections to both Nevis and St. Kitts via Antigua and Puerto Rico. British Airways flies direct to St Kitts from London Gatwick twice weekly, every Wednesday and Saturday. There are also private air terminal facilities with YU lounge available in St. Kitts.
There is a daily ferry service between St. Kitts and Nevis and the option of speedy water taxis.
Temperatures reach highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C in Summer, and 29°C and 22°C respectively in winter. Average humidity sits at 71.5% and annual rainfall at 55 inches.
the beach bars and grills that line some of the most peaceful beaches in the Caribbean combine a relaxed atmosphere and amazing views with succulent food, including fresh fish, Caribbean cuisine and international food originating from further afield. The classic West Indian goat water stew, Johnny cakes, swordfish and soursop juice are all served up at Rodney’s Cuisine, while at Bananas, hidden among the lush tropical gardens of the historic Hamilton Estate, you can enjoy creative Caribbean dishes and a selection of old rums while reclined on comfortable day beds.
The language of Nevis is English.
The laid-back atmosphere of the island is reflected in its relaxed nightlife. Dine at the water’s edge in local restaurants like the Gin Trap before enjoying a sundowner or two as the sun begins to set. The hotels then provide further entertainment with live music, dancing and a beach BBQ or two, or you can simply head out and find a local beach bar for a drink and a friendly gossip with the locals.
One of the most famous visitors to the island of Nevis was Admiral Nelson, who married Nevisian Frances Herbert Nisbet at Montpelier Plantation, now restored as a boutique hotel. Delve into the past of this beautiful island at the Horatio Nelson Museum, and at the Fig Tree Church where the couple met. Nevis is also home to the Caribbean’s first ever hotel built back in 1778, the Bath Hotel, and, marvelling at the natural therapeutic waters that flow from five hot springs at the base of the hotel, it is easy to cast your mind back and imagine wealthy travellers of a time gone by revelling in the same treasures. Not far from Charlestown and set against the backdrop of Mount Nevis are the Botanical Gardens of Nevis, a five acre oasis of tropical plants. Nevis’ public beaches are glorious and open to all, and between Pinney’s Beach by the capital and Herbert’s beach, known for its reefs and great snorkelling, you’re sure to find your own little patch of secluded shoreline.