Nevis is the smaller of two islands that make up the nation of St Kitts and Nevis. While both islands are popular Caribbean destinations, Nevis Island has less tourist infrastructure, and is known for its laid-back atmosphere and peaceful, quiet beaches. Part of the reason for this is that there are fewer Nevis hotels than there are St Kitts hotels. So many vacationers choose to take a boat or ferry to the island as a day trip rather than stay on the island itself. This means that those who do stay on Nevis Island can enjoy the sports facilities, bars, shops and entertainment supplied for tourists in the daytime, and relax in the evenings and nighttime, as the island descends into a tropical hush.
There are plenty of things to do on Nevis Island, whether you’re a water sports enthusiast, a nature lover, or a sun seeker. Nevis is home to some of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches, which benefit from the tranquil atmosphere of the island. While the beaches aren’t as busy as in St Kitts, you can still find beachfront facilities supporting water sports such as sea kayaking, jet skiing, and snorkeling. There are also opportunities to explore the lush tropical vegetation and spot the island’s wildlife on guided rainforest tours. One of the most popular Nevis attractions is the aquarium on Oualie Beach. Owned by a marine biologist, this aquarium may not be the largest in the Caribbean, but it is certainly fun for the whole family. Other things to do in Nevis include learning about the island’s past at the Nelson Museum and the Museum of Nevis History.
Travel to Nevis is easy, and there are lots of different options. While Nevis doesn’t have an international airport, Nevis flights depart from Puerto Rico and Antigua. If you don’t want to get a connection, St Kitts has an international airport, the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport, only a little over a mile south of Basseterre, the capital. From here, you can catch a ferry to Nevis. The cost of the crossing is less than $10, and you don’t need to make a reservation. On Monday to Saturday, there are ten or more of these 45-minute crossings, while on Sunday there are usually six crossings.
While there aren’t as many accommodation options on Nevis, there is still a good choice of hotels and resorts, some of which number among the most luxurious Caribbean beach resorts. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis is one such luxury resort. It is located on Pinney's Beach, one of the most famous Caribbean beaches, and boasts a golf course, swimming pools, and a spa. There are also several Nevis inn plantations, converted from historical buildings, some originating from as far back as the sixteenth century.
While the island is great to visit all year round, travel to Nevis is especially rewarding during the island’s festive periods. Of all the Nevis events, Culturama in late July is the highlight of the calendar. The event features calypso competitions, cultural shows, brass bands, steel bands, and nonstop jamming and dancing in the streets. The Nevis Annual Olympic Triathlon is a must-do for sports lovers, and attracts competitors from the Caribbean, and around the world.