11 April 2018
Explore the amazing island of Nevis, part of the St. Kitts and Nevis dual-island nation. This unspoilt destination is waiting to be discovered and is one of the most exclusive islands in the Caribbean, spanning 36 square km and with just 420 hotel rooms throughout the entire island. The pace of Nevis allows you to stop and appreciate all the natural beauty surrounding you, here are some of the top activities that this tranquil gem has to offer.
Charlestown is Nevis’ quaint capital. It is a small, friendly affair dotted with colonial-era Georgian buildings and 19th century churches, all adding to its picturesque charm. It’s worth a stroll up and down the main street with its banks, businesses, tourist office, bars and restaurants.
One of the best things about Nevis is that it’s big enough to have plenty to offer visitors but small enough that all four corners can be explored. One of the best ways to do so is by going on the Heritage Trail, the ringed trail which connects some of the island’s top attractions. See the tropical plant kingdom at the Botanical Gardens, roam the ruins of old British fortress Fort Charles, or head to the Alexander Hamilton Museum, which details and celebrates the life of this United States founding father who was born on the island.
If you want to enjoy a day on the water, you can charter a private yacht and sail the clear, blue, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. There are also various sailing and yachting companies that will take you to the best snorkelling spots and beautiful, white sandy beaches. Choose whether you want to sit back and relax or have a go at sailing the boat. Not all boat trips from Nevis aren’t about relaxation, though. The waters around Nevis are teeming with game such as tuna, barracuda, sailfish, blue marlin, wahoo and mahi-mahi – making it ideal for a spot of fishing. Competitive fishing is also very popular with the annual Nevis Fishing Tournament held in mid-October.
Scuba diving is another possibility and the waters around Nevis provides a world of opportunity with dozens of reefs, wrecks and volcanic vents to explore just minutes offshore. Four Seasons Resort Nevis will even let you dive with a chef and catch your own lobster, which will then be prepared for you when you get back to the boat.
Sports are popular on Nevis, with different facilities available across the island. Several hotels have private tennis courts while public facilities can be found in Brown Hill, Gingerland and Grove Park.
Nevis's golf courses are world-class and the main one is the Robert Jones II 18-hole, par 71 at the Four Seasons, providing a challenging and memorable experience with stunning views. Tee times can be booked by non-residents from February to November.
Cricket is the number one sport in St Kitts and Nevis, for both spectators and players, with the nation competing on a global level as part of the West Indies. Matches are traditionally played between January and July both locally and on a regionally. Schoolchildren can often be found playing in schoolyards around the island, and you can watch both men and women play cricket on Thursday nights at Grove Park in Charlestown.
The beach isn’t just for sunbeds and sandcastles in Nevis. The coastal scenery can be enjoyed on a fantastic horse riding tour, while at night a group of volunteers work on the beaches to tag sea turtles and collect information about their nesting and movement. Visitors to the island are welcome to join in.