Things to do in Nevis
With very little commercial development and resorts, Nevis is attractive to travellers because it remains a sleepy and unspoilt Caribbean island. Hikers follow trails to a number of scenic views, pristine waterfalls, jungle ravines, and long stretches of beach. A climb up volcanic Mount Nevis takes about four hours.
Those wanting to experience the wealth of local flora without exhausting themselves can simply visit the Nevis Botanical Garden, which is one of the island's most popular attractions and features hundreds of exotic tropical plants, both indigenous and from further afield.
Visitors interested in the plantation culture of yore will see old ruins dotted all over the island. Two of the best places to see the remains of historic buildings are the Montpelier Plantation Inn, once the site of Montpelier House, where Horatio Nelson married Frances Nisbet in 1787, and the New River Estate, which was the last sugar mill to shut down on the island, remaining operational until 1958.
The capital of Charlestown is devoid of fast food chains and boasts some historic remnants of colonialism. Despite the scattered Edwardian buildings and old churches, not much sightseeing is really possible in Charlestown. Yet Hamilton House, housing the Museum of Nevis, is worth a visit.
Pinney's Beach is one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The epitome of paradise, its fine white sands are backed by palm trees and lapped by calm Caribbean waters. Lying within…
Pinney's Beach is one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The epitome of paradise, its fine white sands are backed by palm trees and lapped by calm Caribbean waters. Lying within convenient distance of Charlestown, Pinney's Beach has a few casual restaurants and beach bars, and is the closest thing Nevis has to a party beach, although the length of the beach ensures that a secluded spot can always be found. The four-mile (6km) stretch of sand is never crowded and entertains a beautiful lagoon, with ideal conditions for swimming. However, Pinney's Beach is not ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling as the water can be quite murky.
Oualie (pronounced wah-lee), meaning 'beautiful waters', was the original name of the island of Nevis, and the pretty stretch of sand known as Oualie Beach lives up to its name. Lo…
Oualie (pronounced wah-lee), meaning 'beautiful waters', was the original name of the island of Nevis, and the pretty stretch of sand known as Oualie Beach lives up to its name. Located on the northern shore of the island, Oualie Beach boasts fine yellow sand and sheltered waters that are ideal for swimming. The area also makes a good base for a holiday on the island of Nevis, with the excellent Oualie Beach Resort providing top-class accommodation in the picturesque bay. Oualie Beach is home to fun activities, with water taxis, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, mountain biking, and windsurfing easily organised from its pleasant dock area.