Nevis, Queen of the Caribees

Everything to appreciate about Nevis becomes apparent when you arrive via ferry or water taxi. Sure, there are small connecting planes that will land there, but those minutes spent crossing by sea from St. Kitts are priceless in setting the tone for your holiday. Nevis, with only 12,000 welcoming residents, encourages travelers to slow down, unplug, and regenerate.

Arriving at the port in Charlestown is not so different from the mid 1600s when King Sugar ruled for more than 200 years. A few automobiles have replaced the horse and buggy, but the architecture and layout have remained the same. Plan an early morning meander around town to see churches and municipal buildings from an affluent past. With no structure over the height of a coconut palm, the air feels fresher and sunlight more brilliant.  

Rising like a green sombrero from the sea, Mount Nevis, a dormant volcano with wispy white clouds circling the top drops on all sides to a ring road that circles the island. This makes exploring Nevis particularly easy, as there are more than 10 unspoiled beaches to discover, some hidden off the track. These beaches range from white, to golden, to black sand, but each is unique in beauty, and diversity. Get directions for Lovers Beach and enjoy a secluded one-mile stroll, dip, and castaway sunbathing.

In addition to beaches and water sports, Nevis offers a distinct collection of accommodations. With historical plantation inns, beach hotels, and unique villas, there are multiple choices from budget to posh.  A bit sleepy, Nevis has become the Caribbean destination for discerning travelers seeking solitude and golden peach sunsets slipping into the sea.

Romance abounds with bridal options on island. Not only hotels, but also local wedding planners can orchestrate the ceremony of your dreams either beachside, in the rainforest, or within historical ruins or churches.

Grab a Nevis Heritage Trail Map and visit the ruins of plantation estates and churches, all built during the wealthy days of sugar trade. These remains tell the story of enslaved West Africans and colonial life of English settlers.

Nevis also appeals to a healthy lifestyle. Choices abound for hiking, biking, and horseback riding for all ages and physical levels. There are trails around Mount Nevis and knowledgeable guides to introduce you to the rainforest with tropical vegetation, views of islands in the distance, and monkeys abounding.

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