With an active volcano, and plenty of trade winds, beautiful Nevis Island makes a nation with St Kitts, and is the quieter of the two isles. Gorgeous stretches of sand include Pinney’s Beach, while Black Sand Beach and Hurricane Hill are a little wilder with stunning views.
First settled by Carib Indians, Columbus came here in 1493 and the European nations then tussled over these islands. Nevis gained independence from Britain, with St Kitts, in 1983, and English is still the official language.
You’ll find plenty to enjoy if you love diving or snorkelling – Nevis has some of the region’s cleanest seawater. Hike into the mountains and through lush rainforest or take a sunset horse ride through the island’s equestrian centre. Rent bikes and see the island by pedalling the 20-mile road circling it, or go off-road.
Stroll through the Botanical Gardens, or the wooden buildings and former plantation houses of the capital Charlestown. Local heritage is showcased at the Museum of Nevis History in the town. Try the walk around the island on the Nevis Heritage Trail.
Local cuisine is rich and varied, with international influences, as well as Creole and West Indian fare. Nevis is also known for its hot pepper sauce, and rock lobster and goat water stew are local specialities.
Most nightlife focuses on Nevis’s 12 or so vibrant bars, while most festivals take place over on St Kitts. Local hotels and inns often lay on entertainment.
The best shopping is on St Kitts, but local crafts can be found in Charlestown. In terms of accommodation, despite its size, Nevis has a good range of hotels, guest houses, apartments and villas.
Exploring by road is easy, taxis and car hire firms serve most places or you could hire a moped or motorbike. You can easily get over to St Kitts by boat, too.
Take the normal precautions you would anywhere, but Nevis is essentially safe and your visit should be trouble-free.