Nevis: A Good Time in a Small Package

[Image: Tina Thuell]By Sheryl Nance-Nash Sometimes you need a vacation after your vacation. If you’re looking for a chill spot, consider the tiny island of Nevis. Situated in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, Nevis is only 36 square miles in size and home to some 12,000 people. Remember your mother told you good things come in small packages, that certainly is the case with Nevis. Mount Nevis, a 3,232 feet high dormant volcano always surrounded by mist, is magical. Then there is the vibrant blues and greens of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The constant sunshine is oh-so sweet. When you take the short water taxi ride from sister island St. Kitts to Nevis, the anticipation builds. You won’t be disappointed. There’s nothing big city about Nevis, with its rolling countryside, wild donkeys, goats, chickens, cows, and green vervet monkeys. Beautiful beaches are plentiful and so are the excursions. Check out Nisbet, Pinney, Oualie, Lovers’, Newcastle, or Windward beaches. You can’t go wrong. For the adventurous, Scuba Safaris out of Oualie Beach offers a variety of dives. You can also snorkel the reefs, and look for sea turtles. Surf, jet ski, set out for a day of fishing, take a sunset cruise, horseback ride on Pinney’s Beach, or simply stroll the shores with your honey. Hikers love climbing to the peak of Mount Nevis. Rookies need not bother. But there’s something for you too, hike to the waterfalls. You’ll still have bragging rights back home. You’ll be surprised how tight you grip the ropes that keep you on your feet while winding your way through the forest. It’s big fun. Get your heart racing and enjoy the serenity of being enveloped in greenery. This is what you came for — to see and conquer. If you’re more of a walker, go to The Botanical Gardens of Nevis. There are five-acre gardens with tropical plants from around the world, dolphin fountains, cascades, water lilies, over 100 species of palm, orchids, and more. Hungry? Head upstairs to Oasis in the Gardens Restaurant for a spectacular view of the island and authentic Thai food. [Image: Tina Thuell]If walking and hiking makes you thirsty, Patterson’s Pub Crawl is just what you need. The long-time maître d’ of the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Patterson Fleming, will take you on a journey to see the real Nevis, into the neighborhoods to drink like and with locals. Start off easy at the Hillcrest Bar. Throw back a Carib beer, and then hit Arlene’s Bar, which is known for the $2 shot of moonshine with a kick. The Passion Bar has colorful flags of the world, picnic-style tables, goats and chickens nearby, island music, and great rum punch. By the time you make it to Eseme’s Sunshine Snackette, with its views of the sea, you’re oh-so happy. Down one last rum punch. Click the Next button to continue reading … <!--nextpage--> [Image: Tina Thuell]A visit to Nevis is good any time, but Culturama, or carnival, is typically the first Monday and Tuesday of August. For sports fans, the Nevis Marathon & Running Festival is September 9th and the Nevis Triathlon, November 11th. History buffs, Nevis is where you’ll find Cottle Church, the first church in the Caribbean built for all people, regardless of color, to worship together. The Broadway hit Hamilton has Alexander Hamilton in the spotlight. His birthplace is Nevis. On the waterfront, near the heart of Charlestown, the nation’s capital founded in 1600, is Hamilton House, a Georgian-style building that is the site where he was born and raised, and today is the Alexander Hamilton Museum. Walk around Charlestown and the past is ever present. The Jewish Cemetery is one of the oldest in the Caribbean, with graves dating back to 1679. The Nevis Slave Market from the 1670s was where newly arrived enslaved Africans were sold to plantation owners from various islands. You won’t find a lot of traditional night life and you won’t care. There are great restaurants and many have live music. On Thursday night, the action is at Coconuts, the beach side restaurant at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. The cocktail hour is hearty, and the BBQ a feast. The outrageous array of desserts will put you on sugar overload if you get carried away. Dance to live music if your belly’s not too full. Wherever you are in Nevis, excellent food is near. Lime Beach Bar & Grill is popular, as is Sunshines Beach Bar & Grill, famous for its Killer Bee. Try one, two or more and you may pay the price. [Image: Nisbet Plantation Beach Club]There are roughly 450 rooms for tourists, but you have options — historic inns, villas, the five-star Four Seasons, with its golf course; spa; and enough amenities to attract celebrities seeking a hidden vacation, as well as the award-winning Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, which has the distinction of being the only historic inn on the shore. Its cottages are homey, the staff beyond friendly, and there’s something special about opening the door and being right in nature. Don’t be surprised if you awake one morning to find a cow in front of your cottage.

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[Image: Tina Thuell]

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

Sometimes you need a vacation after your vacation. If you’re looking for a chill spot, consider the tiny island of Nevis. Situated in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, Nevis is only 36 square miles in size and home to some 12,000 people. Remember your mother told you good things come in small packages, that certainly is the case with Nevis.

Mount Nevis, a 3,232 feet high dormant volcano always surrounded by mist, is magical. Then there is the vibrant blues and greens of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The constant sunshine is oh-so sweet. When you take the short water taxi ride from sister island St. Kitts to Nevis, the anticipation builds. You won’t be disappointed.

There’s nothing big city about Nevis, with its rolling countryside, wild donkeys, goats, chickens, cows, and green vervet monkeys.

Beautiful beaches are plentiful and so are the excursions. Check out Nisbet, Pinney, Oualie, Lovers’, Newcastle, or Windward beaches. You can’t go wrong. For the adventurous, Scuba Safaris out of Oualie Beach offers a variety of dives. You can also snorkel the reefs, and look for sea turtles. Surf, jet ski, set out for a day of fishing, take a sunset cruise, horseback ride on Pinney’s Beach, or simply stroll the shores with your honey.

Hikers love climbing to the peak of Mount Nevis. Rookies need not bother. But there’s something for you too, hike to the waterfalls. You’ll still have bragging rights back home. You’ll be surprised how tight you grip the ropes that keep you on your feet while winding your way through the forest. It’s big fun. Get your heart racing and enjoy the serenity of being enveloped in greenery. This is what you came for — to see and conquer. If you’re more of a walker, go to The Botanical Gardens of Nevis. There are five-acre gardens with tropical plants from around the world, dolphin fountains, cascades, water lilies, over 100 species of palm, orchids, and more. Hungry? Head upstairs to Oasis in the Gardens Restaurant for a spectacular view of the island and authentic Thai food.

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[Image: Tina Thuell]

If walking and hiking makes you thirsty, Patterson’s Pub Crawl is just what you need. The long-time maître d’ of the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Patterson Fleming, will take you on a journey to see the real Nevis, into the neighborhoods to drink like and with locals. Start off easy at the Hillcrest Bar. Throw back a Carib beer, and then hit Arlene’s Bar, which is known for the $2 shot of moonshine with a kick. The Passion Bar has colorful flags of the world, picnic-style tables, goats and chickens nearby, island music, and great rum punch. By the time you make it to Eseme’s Sunshine Snackette, with its views of the sea, you’re oh-so happy. Down one last rum punch.

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