Coin-shaped Nevis (pronounced ‘nay-vis’) is a smaller, neater version of St Kitts. It combines history, beauty and beaches in one tidy package sprinkled with rustic charm and a keen historical awareness and appreciation. Many visitors come here just for the day but those in the know stay much longer.
Sorting through the sights and activities, there’s just enough to add spice to the day but not so much that important rest and relaxation are impeded. Circling the island by car takes only about two hours. Stop to see the sights and have lunch at a plantation house and it can take all day.
There are good hikes in the hills and plenty of water sports at the beaches. The forested interior rises to scenic Mt Nevis, which is often cloaked in clouds. It’s possible to hike to the top of the rim but the trail leads through a patchwork of private property and should ideally be done with a guide.
The coastal lowlands, where the larger villages are located, are much drier and support bougainvillea, hibiscus and other flowering bushes that attract numerous hummingbirds. It’s a beautiful place.