The ferry from St Kitts docks right in the pint-size center of Charlestown, Nevis’ cute little capital, where banks and businesses coexist with tourist facilities and gingerbread Victorians. It’s a fun spot for a stroll and is rarely overcrowded as large cruise ships bypass Nevis. Tourist tat is refreshingly limited.
The greater Charlestown area can be readily explored on foot – the museums and the Bath Hotel are within walking distance. Just a 15-minute jaunt north of the center will put you on lovely Pinney’s Beach.
Charlestown is also the starting point of the Nevis Heritage Trail, which links 25 sites of historical importance throughout the island, including churches, sugar estates, military installations and natural sites. Look for the blue and green markers or pick up a leaflet at the tourist office or the museums.