Nevis (nay-vis) is a smaller, neater version of St Kitts. It combines history, beauty and beaches in one tidy package; many – especially the locals – prefer it to its larger sibling. The only road of importance circles the island and you can make the circuit in a couple of 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, which, like the rest of Nevis, are just large enough to suffice. Many people visit Nevis as part of a day trip 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. (Horatio Nelson fans, however, are likely to be so stimulated that they’ll feel like they’ve died and been pickled in a barrel of brandy.)
The island’s forested interior rises to scenic Nevis Peak, which is often cloaked in clouds. 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.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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