The Ultimate Guide to Nevis: A Caribbean Dream
Have you ever heard of Nevis? I did a poll on Instagram stories and the majority of people had never even heard of it before. Which is nice because Nevis is one of the most unspoiled and relaxing islands in the Caribbean. Vividly green with blue skies, clean air, and long empty beaches, Nevis has a pace of life that encourages you to stop and appreciate all the natural beauty around you. It’s a very special place famed for its charm and the easy-going genuineness of its people.
This pocket-sized island is though a bit less popular but is brimmed with so many breathtaking places that it surely lives up to the hype of “Queen of Caribees”. Deserted white sand beaches, bubbling volcanoes, and picturesque towns are the things that truly define this place.
However, the tourists always want the flair of luxury along with the stunning island beauty and adventure. But no one wants to exhaust themselves on planning these holidays. Because that’s the hardest part, right? But need not to worry, because in this article we have crafted everything out for you guys from outdoor activities to the best tourist destinations including the top restaurants on the island to have a taste of their delicious cuisine. It’s everything you could ask for.
It’s the sister island to St.Kitts in the Caribbean. Nevis is a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea and a part of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies. Together with the neighboring islands of St. Kitts, it forms the country called St. Kitts and Nevis.
Originally, the island was called Oualie (“Land of Beautiful Waters”) by the Caribs and Dulcina (“Sweet”) by the early British settlers. Nowadays, the name Nevis comes from Spanish Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (which translates into Our Lady of the Snows).
A shallow, 3-kilometer channel known as “The Narrows” separates St Kitts from Nevis. Nevis boasts a conical shape and has a volcano called Nevis Peak that towers over the islands. One thing that makes Nevis really unique is its black sand, which washes down from the volcano and makes for really unique beach vistas. You also can’t miss checking out a few of its volcanic hot springs, which you’ll find a lot of along the western coast of the island!
Things to do in Nevis
In a place studded with wonderful spots, don’t miss out these amazing activities:
If the tranquil blue water around Nevis couldn’t tempt you for snorkeling, I don’t know what else will. The splendid yacht that sets its journey from Four Seasons Resort Nevis will take you to the clear waters of Shitten Bay to have an evening full of happening adventure. Dive, snorkel, and have fun amid the splendid sea creatures including vibrant color fishes and a small variety of octopus too. And an additional perk; drinks and snorkeling gear are included in the package too.
Cook your lobster
This activity is a must for all the couple tourists as diving in the wide blue sea and cooking on the grill at the beach is what it is all about. To have this unique experience, you need to get up real early and then hop onto the catamaran along Chef Samuel Faggetti to catch the lobster using the lasso, a hand made one. When you happen to be successful in this task, you will be brought back to the island where the executive chef will assist you in cooking the lobster in the authentic Caribbean spices. However, to have this one of a kind experience, you need to be a certified scuba diver and could afford $1950 for couples treat.
Four Seasons Golf
If you’re up for a more relaxed holiday, this one is for you. Have the game of golf with your peers at the Four Seasons Golf course that is surrounded by magnificent Nevis Peaks. Also, the wild waterfalls can be seen from the lush green course too. And to spice up your game, you will most probably see the monkeys climbing on the adjoining fruit trees. Well, they might steal your golf ball too. You know their cute little shenanigans. So don’t forget to carry a pair of bananas to befriend these cuties.
Funky Monkey ATV Tour
When you get tired of laying around on the beach all day or after you get a nice tan, hop on to the Funky Monkey Tour to experience the widespread beauty of these white sand beaches. However, unlike the other Monkey ATVs this one is a calm ride that is nowhere like a rollercoaster with the sole purpose of exploring the picturesque beauty of the island.
Places to Visit in Nevis
Saddle Hill Fortress Tour
A historical fort that was built during the regime of British Admiral Lord Nelson was then used as a look-out point. But now this place is the perfect spot for tourists to enjoy the acres wide tortoise water and lush green fields. Moreover, there is a Nelson Museum too in Charles Town that has all the collection of admiral’s relics.
Though the whole island feels like a giant wonderful beach, make sure to visit these beaches for their gorgeous sunshine, lovely locations, friendly locals, and of course the Killer Bee Rum Punch.
- Pinney’s Beach
- Oualie Beach
- Lovers Beach
Botanical Garden of Nevis
Unlike any regular nursery, this mega botanical collection holds exotic plants and trees from all around the world with the pretty natural sounds of birds chirping on the trees and beautiful marine life in the clear waterfalls. The place is home to fruit orchids, tropical plants, rain forest trees, and Vine Gardens. A treat for all the plant lovers.
Where to eat in Nevis
The Coconut Groove is not only the biggest wine cellar on the island but the owner Gary Colt is also the master sommelier who will make sure that you have a once in a lifetime experience. Plus, their food is perfect for people of all tastes and preferences as the exclusive Chef Stephen Smith is a certified dietitian too. This means you get the finger-licking dinner within your dietary concerns.
Mill at Montpelier Plantation
Want to taste authentic mahimahi cooked in plantain leaves, basil, and brown sugar? Then you must book your seat at this 18th-century restaurant because they only have 18 seats.
Sunshine’s Beach Bar and Grill
A great spot that serves delicious lobster at the beach with an awe-struck view. Don’t forget to get their signature rum drink. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the date with your sweetheart at a beautiful sunset location, right? And you must! This marvelous restaurant is situated in the famous Charles Town. After dinner take a stroll down the beautiful streets to have a taste of the local life.
Where to stay in Nevis
My husband and I stayed at the Four Season Nevis, and we really couldn’t ask for a more luxurious stay! To read more about our time staying at the Four Seasons Nevis and why it’s the perfect place to stay on the island, head over to this post.