Nevis At A Glance
A sleepy little Caribbean hideaway…dramatic Nevis Peak wrapped idyllically in cotton white clouds…lush greenery and tropical forests…mineral spa baths…a delightful combination of charm and antiquity…restored sugar plantations…unspoiled…the way the Caribbean “used” to be…the pearl of the Caribbean…friendly people.
Visitors to Nevis will be enchanted by its quiet pace and relaxed Caribbean lifestyle. Nevis is uncrowded, beautiful and still a fairly well kept secret. The island seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific.
Nevis is a small 36 mile island that lies near the top of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 200 miles south of Puerto Rico and just west of Antigua. It is approximately seven miles long and five miles wide. A volcanic island it offers lush and mountainous interiors with natural vegetation that is unparalleled.
Nevis is captivating and its charm and tranquility transports visitors back to a time when things were simpler, when life was more peaceful and when stress was “just a word and not a way of life”.
The atmosphere offers an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea air and fantastically abundant vegetation. The ground rises upwards on Nevis into a cloud forest filled with elusive green velvet monkeys and brilliant tropical flowers. Eco-tourists as well as all who enjoy stunning and natural scenery will find that Nevis exceeds their expectations.
Nevis is one of the remaining unspoiled islands and proudly carries the name of “Queen of the Caribees”. From the top of Nevis Peak (3,232 ft.) to the depths of its clear waters, Nevis offers a world of flora and fauna to be explored. Up in the hills, the comical green velvet monkeys, which outnumber humans by more than two to one, chatter and in the distance the whales cruise by in the clear blue seas.
Ranking as one of the most naturally beautiful of the Caribbean islands, Nevis offers a wide range of outdoor activities and is one of the Caribbean’s finest destinations for eco-tourism. Nevis posses a remarkable range of unspoiled ecosystems that range from its coral reefs to the dense rainforest among the clouds. The island’s tall, volcanic mountains are covered with blankets of lush, green vegetation and are perfect for hiking and exploring. The inviting blue waters of the Caribbean are ideal for swimming, sailing, fishing and diving.
Hiking in the rain forest is certainly a must for all visitors, whether it is a short hike through a nature trail or a daylong hike to the top of Nevis Peak (3,232 ft.). Visitors to Nevis can walk the beach and learn about the nesting of sea turtles or go snorkeling and learn about the wonders of life under the sea.
The island offers quaint charm with its antiquity and the many visible relics of yesteryear that are dotted all over the island. Long ago, Nevis was considered the "Queen of the Caribbees" due to its unimaginable wealth from its very productive sugar industry. Historic ruins of old churches; plantation houses and stone buildings are all evident.
Visitors will enjoy walking the streets of the delightful capital and port of Charlestown-one of the most captivating and picturesque of the Caribbean’s colonial harbor towns. A lack of modernization has kept much of Charlestown in its original state and many local efforts are underway to preserve its original buildings.
Golf, swimming, sailing, tennis, horseback riding.
The Newcastle Airport on Nevis is approximately 1/2 mile from Charlestown and can handle only smaller, twin-engine propeller aircraft.
Nevis Airport Transfers:
The Newcastle Airport is located on the northeast shore of Nevis. A Villas Caribe representative meets guests upon arrival at the airport, assists them with securing their rental vehicle and then escorts them to the villa.
Most of the banks have ATMS that accept Cirrus and Plus Systems.
Nevis Area Code: 869
Nevis Baby Equipment Rentals:
Cribs are all available for rental for additional fees.
Nevis offers beaches that vary in color from white to a rich, volcanic black.
A favorite of snorkelers, it offers a broad white sand beach at the northernmost tip of the island.
A sheltered cove that is perfect for swimming, sailing and kayaking. Watersports rentals available
A gorgeous six-mile ribbon of white sand fringed with lush palm trees. Picture perfect, Pinney’s Beach offers soft, sugar fine white sands that are punctuated by tall coconut palms. The waters are reef protected and calm and shallow. Nearby is the palm-fringed lagoon of Nelson’s Spring.
Nevis offers crystal clear blue waters that offer exceptional day sailing trips. A variety of companies offer snorkeling and sailing trips that include lunch and drinks with stops at the best snorkeling spots. Cruising vessels that can carry 12-14 guests are available for sunset cruises, snorkeling charters and peninsula cruises of Nevis.
Nevis-Budgeting/Costs To Rent A Villa on Nevis:
In addition to the weekly rental rate for a villa on Nevis, the additional costs involved include but are not limited to the following:
Cancellation penalties are incurred and will vary depending upon the specific villa chosen. Upon confirmation with our company, a written cancellation policy will be issued along with the written invoice for the booking.
Nevis Capital: Charleston
Nevis Car Rentals:
We highly recommend that clients rent a vehicle for their stay on Nevis. Please contact a Villas Caribe Nevis villa rental specialist for more information concerning rates, models and availability. If you are interested in Nevis villa rentals, please click HERE for a complete selection of our Nevis villa rentals.
Warm & sunny with temperatures between 75 F and 90 F year round. During the winter, the nights are slightly cooler and so it might be a good idea to bring a cotton sweater.
At the present time (late ‘2003) there are no Internet cafes on Nevis as yet. The local phone company, Cable & Wireless, however, will let people use their computer for US $1.00 for 4 minutes and they take most major credit cards. They are located on Main Street in Charleston.
Nevis Marriage & Weddings:
Getting married on Nevis is fairly simple and provides an exquisite and romantic setting.
1.) Couples may get married on the third day after either the bride or groom is on Nevis.
2.) Both parties must have a valid passport or a certified birth certificate.
3.) If either party is divorced, a decree absolute must be presented.
4.) If any documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
5.) For Catholics, the ceremony must take place in a Catholic Church and a letter must come from the couple’s resident priest verifying that they are unmarried and have received all necessary instructions.
6.) For other Christian religions, a letter must come from the couple’s resident minister verifying that the couple is unmarried.
7.) More specifics may be obtained by contacting the Nevis Department of Legal Affairs at 869.465.2521.
Nevis Snorkeling & Scuba Diving:
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving have only recently become established on Nevis, despite the fact that its coastal waters hide dozens of unexplored shipwrecks.
More than 400 ships sank here between 1493 and 1825 but only a dozen or so have been identified to date. The Caribbean side of the island is protected and visibility off the shores is generally in the 60-100 foot range.
Tennis may be enjoyed for fees at many of the hotels/inns to include the Four Seasons Resort.
Windsurfing is available at the Windsurf and Mountain Bike Centre located at Oualie Beach Bay.
Nevis Car Rental:
As Nevis rental villas do not have access to a cab service, we highly recommend renting a car to complement your Nevis villa rental vacations. Please contact a Villas Caribe Nevis villa rental specialist for more information concerning rates, models and availability. If you are interested in Nevis villa rentals, please click here for a complete selection of our Nevis villa rentals.
Nevis Golf/Tennis Villas:
Nevis does feature golf courses that are accessible to villa rental guests. Chez Wilson, is an ideal Nevis golf villa as it is just minutes from the Four Seasons Resort Golf course. Additionally, tennis is available at several hotels. For more information regarding Nevis rental villas and Nevis villa rentals, please click here.
Nevis has a wide variety of sights and activities easily accessible to Nevis rental villa guests.
Nevis Art Galleries
Eva Wilkin Studio
Housed in an old sugar mill, this gallery features the work of several well-known artists – including the late Eva Wilkin – as well as prints, antique maps and gift items.
Spencer Cameron Gallery
The Spencer Cameron Gallery was established 20 years ago and houses an impressive collection of works by Caribbean artists, as well as historical reproductions of Caribbean island charts and prints. Owner Rosie Cameron's popular Carnival clown prints are also on display.
The Gallery of Nevis Art
This is a quaint West Indian house/gallery owned by Marie Clark, an American artist who has been living in Nevis for the past 12 years. The Gallery of Nevis Art exhibits the artwork and batiks of local artists.
Situated at Stoney Grove in Charlestown, the Cultural Complex offers cultural activities from late July to early August.
The Botanical Garden of Nevis is a world-class garden with incredible displays and collections of palms, orchids, cacti, flowering trees and shrubs. A gift shop and West Indian Tea House make this a wonderful place to spend an afternoon enjoying the plants, incredible views, dining and shopping. Situated at Cole Hill, Montpelier Estate in St. John's Parish.
Brimstone Hill Fortress
When you visit Brimstone Hill, you will start at the Visitor's Center for a presentation of this magnificent fortress, stepping back in time and learning what it was like for the early inhabitants of St. Kitts during the 17th and 18th centuries. Brimstone Hill houses a museum that displays restored barracks with bayonets and musket balls. The panoramic view from this fortress is breathtaking.
Courthouse and Public Library
The Nevis Courthouse and Public Library was built in 1825 and is an imposing example of colonial stone architecture. Its windows stand open in a welcoming way and its first-floor shutters do double duty as the bulletin board for legal notices.
Indian Castle Race Track
Situated in Gingerland, it is run by the Nevis Turf and Jockey Club. Open on holidays for horse racing, beginning at 1:00 pm. Contact president Richard Luppinacci at (869) 469-2201 for more information
Montpelier House was the site of Lord Nelson's marriage to Fanny Nisbet and her girlhood home. Nothing remains of the original house except the estate's entrance pillars, but it shares the grounds with the great house of Montpelier Plantation Inn, a sugar mill dating from 1794 and beautiful trees and gardens.
Nisbet has a white coral sand beach with a coral reef in front of the property. Some of our guests spend all or part of a day there, snorkeling and enjoying lunch at their beachside restaurant, Coconuts.
Romney Manor Batik Factory and Gardens
Once owned by Sam Jefferson, the great-grandfather of Thomas Jefferson (third president of the United States). Set in approximately 4 hectares (10 acres) of grounds, Romney Manor is famous for two things: its majestic gardens and its batik factory, Caribelle Batik. Enjoy observing the artists as they demonstrate this fine art, using traditional "sea island cotton" and the old Indonesian methods of resisting dye with wax.
Scenic Railway Tour
This railway was built between 1912 and 1926 to deliver sugar cane from the fields to the sugar mill in the St. Kitts capital of Basseterre. The tour provides a fascinating opportunity to see the island from the vantage point of a comfortable railcar built specifically for touring.
Museum of Nevis History
The museum's collection features exhibitions on the history, culture and environment of Nevis, focusing on geology, the indigenous people, the contact period, leisure time, cooking and home craft, schools, churches, Jewish heritage, government and politics. There is a lovely, quiet courtyard looking out over the water. Located at the Alexander Hamilton Birthplace in Charlestown.
The Horatio Nelson Museum
The Horatio Nelson Museum at Belle Vue, next to Government House, exhibits the largest collection of memorabilia in the New World related to Horatio Nelson (the British military hero who defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar). An exhibition entitled "Nevis in the Time of Nelson" sets the stage for Nelson's accomplishments by telling the story of the pre-Columbian period and the era of sugar and slavery on Nevis. The artifacts, featuring prints, porcelain, glass, ship models and enamels, form one of the region’s most impressive decorative art collections.
Situated in Charlestown, it is mostly run by the Nevis Cricket Association. Open daily.