Nevis is the perfect eco-friendly island with something for everyone!
A visit to Nevis isn’t complete without a stop in quaint Charlestown – the lack of modernization has kept the harbor town in its original state, with authentic Caribbean colonial architecture to prove it. Once coined the “Queen of the Caribees”, Nevis is also home to several fortresses dating back to the 1700’s, when France and England came to blows over this rich sugar-producing island. Old plantations still dot the island, some lavishly restored to their former grandeur. There are also several museums on-island, including the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, born in 1757 and the father of the United States banking system.
A day out at sea is a wonderful way to experience island life. Take to the crystal blue waters for a variety of sports, from sailing to windsurfing to sea kayaking. Or try your luck sport fishing for mahi, wahoo, yellow and black fin tuna and kingfish. With dozens of reefs and wrecks just minutes offshore, even veteran divers are impressed with the wide variety of underwater sights. Of course, you can simply loll around on the beach if you prefer a more leisurely pace. Tamarind Cove Marina is sure to become the center for Nevis-based water activities.
Hiking and Nature Trails
Meander through untrammeled rain forests punctuated with exotic flora and rest near a trio of waterfalls. Truly one of the most scenic sites in Leeward Islands, Nevis Peak rewards hikers with breathtaking views – hire a local guide so you can fill your senses without getting lost in the mountain ‘ghauts’ (Nevisian for gully). Ride a horse or a mountain bike on a little known trail dating back to the 1600’s or tag along with the “Bush Doctor” to learn the medicinal properties of Nevis plant life. The Botanical Gardens feature lush palms and orchids, along with sculptures and a replica of a Great House.
Dining and Entertainment
Travelers may savor the local cuisine cooked up by homegrown eateries, such as West Indian goat water stew or fresh, grilled lobster and fish, as well as internationally acclaimed global fare served at intimate tables in a sugar mill -either way, the ingredients are on-island and in-season. Don’t miss the BBQ and ‘cook-ups’ found most weekends along roadsides. A diverse music culture thrives during high-season at various locales around Nevis – you can dance the evening away to live Calypso, Soca and Steelpan on the beach or in a garden setting, or chill out to ambient jazz, reggae or lounge tunes.
Sports and Fitness
Tropical weather tempered by cool and refreshing trade winds means year-round outdoor sports and games are interwoven into the island’s social fabric. In true British tradition, cricket is the leading sport – both played, and watched – on Nevis and surrounding islands. The 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II golf course at the Four Seasons Resort has been ranked the 7th best Caribbean golf resort by CondeNast Traveler magazine. Tennis, netball (a cross between basketball and volleyball) and soccer are also popular. Every spring, the Tristar 111 Nevis Triathlon hosts participants and spectators from around the world. Several fitness centers, yoga and Pilates classes can also be found on-island.
Get pampered in paradise! Nevis spas feature state-of-the-art amenities and treatments with an exotic touch, for beauty, well-being and fitness. Unwind and rejuvenate at any number of island getaways with unique offerings to suit all tastes. Slow down life at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort , a sanctuary of wellness, or settle in for a deep, therapeutic massage on the beach in the seaside air at Chill Spa. You really can get away from it all on Nevis!
Spend down-time browsing the resort gift shops and exploring Charlestown’s specialty boutiques. Shopping on Nevis is a pleasant surprise, with high-end women’s fashion, hip styles for the younger set as well as locally created ceramics, crafts and variety stores. For pure island freshness, shop the open market for locally and regionally grown produce and let your taste buds sing. For extended stays, we recommend the human scale “mom and pop” shops around the island – you’ll find supermarkets in Charlestown and beyond.
For more information on the special activities Nevis has in store for you, drop by and visit www.nevisisland.com first.