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Nevis is a small island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies. It is located near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 350 km (217 mile) east-southeast of Puerto Rico and 80km  (50 mile) west of Antigua. Its area is 93 km² and capital is Charlestown.
 
Nevis is frequently lumped along with the adjoining St. Kitts and you will find good reasons, ancient and modern, for it. Years ago, the islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus in the 15th century. The region attained independence from the British in 1967.
 
And so both of them are centered by sky-high mountain tops -- St. Kitts' Mt. Misery, at 3,750 foot is greater than Nevis' Nevis Peak, at 3,232 foot., meaning the isles get their lush and eco-friendly areas, frequently snagged by clouds.
 
Otherwise, you can state that as twins, St. Kitts and Nevis are as distinct as they are alike. The previous is much more a busy, touristic place (it's the main airport terminal and also the deep water cruiseship harbor, filled with trendy new cruise terminal/shopping mall) Nevis' appeal is within quieter pleasures.
 
Charlestown is the capital of the island of Nevis, in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Leeward Islands, West Indies. Charlestown is situated on the leeward side of the island of Nevis, near the southern end of Pinneys Beach.
 
Historically, in colonial times, the town of Charlestown was protected by Fort Charles to the south and Fort Black Rocks to the north. Many of the oldest two-story stone buildings were severely damaged over time by earthquakes, which tended to cause the upper story to collapse into the lower story. This unfortunate design flaw lead to the common practice of building a wooden upper floor above a stone ground floor.
 
The Museum of Nevis History, Charlestown, Nevis. This building was built on the foundation of the structure where Alexander Hamilton was born. Charlestown was the birthplace and childhood home of Alexander Hamilton. The restored stone building which was his place of birth now houses the Museum of Nevis History on the ground floor, and the Nevis Island Administration Assembly Room on the upper floor. There are two other museums in Charlestown: the Nelson Museum, and the Nevis Sport Museum, as well as the Philatelic Bureau.
 
Charlestown, its primary city, is charming using its still-standing Victorian-style bungalows along with a general aura of peace, even downtown, that moves within the place just like a golden cloud. The truth that the 4 Seasons designers -- picky because they are -- found an appeal in Nevis is important for the reason that it stands for the truth that the area is of course beautiful which its individuals are quite welcoming.
 
And, because the Four Seasons folks unquestionably determined, fabulous beaches give Nevis a minimum of one edge over its bigger sister isle. We found much to love within this sweet place that's relatively untouched by mass tourism, and intend to return for an extended stay.
 
Where You are Docked
You will be moored in Charlestown Harbor and tendered directly into Charlestown.
 
Making Your Way Around
By Walking: Charlestown is compact and simply walkable. For just about any locale past the town center, your best choice would be to have a taxi.
 
By Taxi: Most cabs are minibus style and can get and fall off numerous folks. They fall into line at Primary Street.
 
By Bus: Independently possessed small-buses, the island's form of public transit, play the area throughout your day around the primary road. They've names like "Dem Say," "Not A Problem,Inch and "Zion Train." To trap a bus, stand along the side of the street within the direction you're going and flag one lower. Costs run between $1 and $3 EC.
 
By Vehicle: Nevis is really small (eight by six miles) that leasing a vehicle is not really essential for each day visit however, you certainly can. However, to book a vehicle or scooter, it is necessary to acquire a license from the island public safety officers (Charlestown, Newcastle, Cotton Ground or Gingerland). Price is $20 US for any three-month license. A legitimate license at home is required too. Why bother just for your day? But when you have to, Thrifty comes with an outpost around the waterfront.
 
Don't Miss
 
In the tender pier, mind left across the waterfront it comes down to three blocks beyond. A reconstructed 17th century manor around the waterfront, the museum consists of various items (Hamilton spent the very first 17 many years of his existence here before going to colonial America). The area includes the Museum of Nevis History.
 
What's just like intriguing may be the nearby memorial. Coffee shop des Arts offers fabulous fun, take-home souvenirs from original artwork by noted regional artists (my personal favorite is St. Kitts' Kate Spencer), ceramics, along with other fabulous tchockes. It is also a coffee shop, because the title indicates, and every of their whimsically mismatched table configurations is situated within different tree within the expansive yard that edges the seafront. For any quick snack, try the sandwiches breakfast can also be available.
 
Bocane Ceramics and Gift Studio offers charming in your area designed and produced bowls, mosaics along with other functional artworks. It's within easy reach in the tender pier (it's on Primary Street upon reaching Primary in the tender pier, turn right).
 
 
Beaching it. You are able to book a safari cab for $10 to Pinney's Beach but it is really a pleasant, 10-minute walk (if you are brisk) turn left in the tender pier and stick to the shoreline.
 
Diving at Foot. Ashby the settlement of Jamestown fell in to the ocean within the late 17th century -- considered to happen to be triggered by an earthquake -- which gives to lots of interesting underwater sightings.
 
Local Attractions
 

Charlestown
Nevis has one of the most charming capitals in the Caribbean. Unspoilt by development, it still has attractive Georgian buildings and a sociable, village-like atmosphere. Park at the northern end near the Alexander Hamilton Museum then make a clockwise loop walking down Main Street and back along the seafront. On the way you can buy fruit at the market and follow signs leading to historic sights such as the Methodist Church, built by freed slaves in 1844, and the somewhat forlorn Jewish Cemetery.
 
Nevis Botanical Gardens - Laying within the shadow from the peak of Mt. Nevis, the eight-acre garden has lagoons, waterfalls, streams along with a rainforest, among other natural diversions. There is a fun re-development of a plantation house, Martha's within the Garden, that has indoor/outside dining with fabulous sights (attempt to snag a table around the wrap-around porch) when the local lobster salad offered within the spend is around the menu, order it! Martha's within the Garden also serves in your area affected dishes like curry chicken and a lot of light fare options -- preparing salads and sandwiches. District belongs to the Montpelier Plantation Motel, which works among the island's top restaurants there is a great gift frequent Botanical Garden Nevis, too.
 
Address: Montpelier, St John.
Contact: 001 869 469 3509; botanicalgardennevis.com
Prices: US$13/EC$35), children aged 6-12 US$8/EC$22
Opening times: gardens: Mon-Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 9.30am-3pm. Restaurant: Mon-Sat 8am-4pm, Fri 6pm-10pm, Sun 11am-3pm
Museum of Nevis History
The English naval hero Horatio Nelson has a romantic association with Nevis - it was here that he courted and then wed a local widow, Fanny Nisbet, in 1787. This simple museum explains more and also has exhibits about the island's history as well as a small book and gift shop. Continue west along the road and you'll reach the Bath Hot Springs, where you can dip your feet in thermal waters - back in the late 1780s this was home to a grand hotel and spa enjoyed by visiting dignitaries. Recently cleaned up and restored, it is nevertheless a rather forlorn spot - unless Elda Jones is there with her Mobile Bare Necessities tent offering massages, treatments and a treasury of island-made health products.
Address: Belle Vue, St Paul.
Contact: 001 869 469 0408; nevis-nhcs.org
Prices:  US$5/EC$13, under 12s, US$2/EC$5 -- Opening times: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 9am-12pm.
 
Alexander Hamilton Museum
Born in Charlestown in 1757, Alexander Hamilton was a lawyer and revolutionary who became the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, then died in a duel in 1804 - his portrait can be seen on the US$10 bill. This small exhibit tells the story of his life and is part of an ensemble of restored Georgian buildings that includes a historical museum and the charming Café des Arts where you can sit in a garden enjoying snacks and homemade lemonade.
Address: Main St, Charlestown, St Paul.
Contact: 001 869 469 5786; nevis-nhcs.org
Prices:  EC$13/US$5, children US$2/EC$5 Opening times: Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm, Sat 9am-12pm
 
Bike Nevis
Cycling is a rewarding way to enjoy the scenery and village life of Nevis. While you can rent bikes and do your own thing, this is often a hot and tiring slog if you don't know where to go. A better option is to book a guided ride with Bike Nevis, an enthusiastic outfit who also help organise the annual Nevis Triathlon. Rides can be as challenging as you wish, but the most popular wind through the northern hills looking at churches, sugar mill ruins and the local scene.
Address: Wheel World Cycle Shop, Oualie Beach, St James.
Contact: 001 869 469 9682; bikenevis.com
Prices: US$85/EC$229 for a two-and-a-half hour guided tour including equipment and refreshments. Minimum six people per tour. Opening times: as tours demand.
 
New River-Coconut Walk Estates
On the windy east coast of the island stand the ruins of the largest sugar mills on Nevis, complete with rusting machinery, vine-wrapped chimneys and lime kilns by the sea. Look for the blue Nevis Heritage Trail signs as the ring road hits the easternmost side of the island (just south of the St James drag-racing track), and drive carefully on the rough tracks. At times bleak, the estates date from 1810-14 and are a thought-provoking reminder of the island's difficult past.
 
Have a ride inside a historic Victorian equine-attracted buggy in the Hermitage Plantation and Restaurant (St. John Fig Tree Parish, about ten minutes from Charlestown). A ride costs $55 for any half-hour (two grown ups, two kids). District is open for supper (noon until 2:30 p.m.) and welcomes site visitors try the flying seafood, lobster and roti. The Oaulie Hotel also provides equine and buggy rides.
 
Beaches
Best Beach for Active Types: At Oualie Beach, you are able to rent various watersports equipment, from sunfish sailboats to kayaks. You may also rent bikes (for inland exploring, natch)! This is a main place to meet up with diving, deep-ocean fishing and scuba diving trip procedures. In the Ocean Existence Education Center you are able to join one half educational, half action-oriented program known as "Touch and Go" folks find out about the underwater atmosphere here after which don scuba diving equipment for any led experience. Or, browse the petting zoo in the Nevis Equestrian Center.You'll discover several beaches to enjoy in and around the area. Just click on the beach names to read a detailed article concerning that individual beach.
 
Pinney's Beach: The calm, clear waters of Pinney's Beach are perfect for just about everything. From swimming to water sports, visitors can enjoy it all.
 
Another location worth considering is Indian Castle Beach. On the southern part of Nevis, from Taylor's Pleasure, head southeast on the road beginning at Gingerland Public Cemetery in between Gingerland Methodist Church and the Brookes gas station. Follow this south through a residential area.
 
Oualie Beach: You can get here directly from St. Kitts. A water taxi will take you right up to the shore of this cove on Nevis's northwestern coast.
 
Newcastle Beach. The beach is located right on the western end of the Vance W Amory International Airport. Follow the road around the landing strip where you'll find a parking area.
 
Indian Castle Beach: Indian Castle Beach is located on the very southern end of Nevis, and its surf is extremely active, creating the perfect condition for surfers and body surfers. Its dramatic coastline, punctuated with coves and scenic inlets, create stunning views in all directions

Indian Castle Beach 3.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Charlestown South East
Lover's Beach 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Newcastle North
Newcastle Beach 0.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Newcastle North
Nisbet Beach 0.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Newcastle North
Oualie Beach 1.9 mi. West of Central Newcastle North West
Pinney's Beach 1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Charlestown West
White Bay Beach 4.7 mi. East of Central Charlestown South East
 
Home to more monkeys than permanent residents, there is a natural wildness about the small island of Nevis that eco-tourists simply can't resist.  Whether you have hopes of spending your time climbing to the summit of Nevis Peak or strolling through the flourishing botanical gardens, every one of your vacation days is easily spent outdoors.
 
Nature Preserves and Hiking
Nevis Peak
Do you want to enjoy more of your cruise vacation under the open sky? There are a variety of different hiking trails and a nature preserve on the island.
 

Nevis Peak is a great nature preserve situated in Saint George Gingerland Parish, in central Nevis. Nevis Peak Park is actually the area surrounding the real Nevis Peak, a currently inactive volacno that is a prime spot for hiking and nature exploration. What is known as a particularly rough hike will take you along the growing incline and to the top, offering absoltuely pristine views as well as a bit of exhaustion.
 
Adventurers hoping to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting sites like Hurricane Hill Trail. A nice, easy hike is awarded to visitors who decide to make the trek of Hurricane Hill. Though you'll need to watch out for acacia thorns along the way, when you reach the top you'll enjoy great views of both St. Kitts and on the horizon, Barbuda.
 
The Source Trail: To find the meeting place for the hike, drive just a short ways past the Gingerland Police Station to a gravel covered pull-off on the Island Main Road. The group will head to Rawlins from there.
 
Where to Eat
If you want funky and arty atmosphere, browse the aforementioned Coffee shop des Arts in Charlestown, next to the Museum of Nevis History (and walkable in the tender pier) go for casual fare. Another casual in-town choice is the Downtown Cyber Coffee shop (both an online center along with a coffee shop) it provides sandwich-style fare and something hot dish each day, the highlight -- you realize you are benefiting from Nevis cuisine. Options, with respect to the day, include beef and cheese, sea food, lasagna, grilled snapper, and barbecued ribs.
 
At Pinney's Beach you will find a number of places. Nearest the tender pier (begin to see the 10-minute walk option above) is Double Deuce (near Pinney's Beach Hotel). Good value, local people say it is the best restaurant around the beach the chef accustomed to work on the much more trendy Montpelier's Plantation Motel so he's serving top quality food at bar prices. Next is Chevy's, a locals' joint (noted for Caribbean mutton and wings). Beyond that's the famous Sunshine's. And when trendy calls, the final restaurant bar on Pinney's may be the Four Seasons' Mango it's built out within the water while offering fabulous sights of St. Kitts.
 
Shopping
For original art, visit Eva Wilkin Gallery, Clay Ghaut, Gingerland (tel. 869/469-2673). Wilkin was the island's most famous artist; even Prince Charles showed up to look at her work. Until her death in 1989, she painted island people, local flowers, and scenes of Nevis life. Prints are available in some of the local shops, but originals sell for $150 and up. You can visit her former atelier, on the grounds of an old sugar-mill plantation near Montpelier.
 
In a stone building about 60m (197 ft.) from the wharf, near the marketplace, Nevis Handicraft Cooperative Society, Cotton House, Charlestown (tel. 869/469-1746), contains locally made gift items, including unusual objects of goatskin, local wines made from a variety of fruits grown on the island, hot-pepper sauce, guava cheese, jams, and jellies.
 
Island Fever, Main Street in Charlestown (tel. 869/469-9613), has a tasteful and varied selection of items that might range from puppets and batiks from Indonesia to caftans, informal ware, steel drums, painted fish, or handmade jewelry. It's closed in September.
 
Some newcomers develop a fascination for the local postage stamps during their time on island, interpreting them as a combination of nostalgia for the British Commonwealth, pride of independent nationhood, and a celebration of the natural beauty of Nevis. Postage stamps issued under the auspices of the Nevis Philatelic Bureau are available for sale at the philatelic office, on Market Street (tel. 869/469-5535), about a 2-minute walk from the main Post Office (also on Market St.) Especially prized are stamps commemorating the late Princess Diana, Alexander Hamilton, or anything to do with Nevis's flora, underwater fauna, and architecture. Because of their relative rarity (if not in Nevis, then within the world at large), Nevisian collectors' stamps sell for a slight premium over their face value.
 
A craftsperson worthy of mention is Kennedy Tyrell (tel. 869/469-3442), who sells hand-carved wooden figures of monkeys, birds, pineapples, and other objects from his workshop along the road in Zion's Village, in Zion, on the eastern side of Nevis.


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