Water-based activities such as snorkeling, diving, sailing, deep sea fishing and more can be found all over the island. On land, there are a handful of small museums, mountain biking, horseback riding, the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Nevis and other attractions to explore. You can even take a dip in a warm bath spring on land in Charlestown.
Take It or Leave It:
Nevis is also a fantastic place to get married.
You can tour the island via horse-drawn carriage from the Hermitage.
Because Nevis is a bit quieter than some of its island neighbors, Nevis hotels tend to skew upscale though lodging at all price levels can be found. For history and charm, stay at a restored plantation such as the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. Or, go for a big, kid-friendly five-star resort like Four Seasons Resort Nevis. The island is 36 square miles in size so you'll never be far from whatever you'd like to do.
When booking your Nevis holiday, remember that hurricane season runs from June through November, typically.
The Four Seasons Resort will transport guests to Nevis from St Kitts Airport by private launch.
It's no surprise that whether you choose an intimate dining experience in a restored plantation house or a meal barefoot in the sand, that seafood reigns supreme in Nevis. Perhaps the most famous seaside seafood shack is Sunshine's Beach Bar and Grill for the "Killer Bee" rum punch and casual eats, including grilled lobster and ribs.
Check the dress codes as beachwear is not always appropriate.
Evening dining at the Hermitage Plantation Inn is a must-do for West Indian favorites.
The nightlife is typically quiet, and that's just how the locals like it. It's possible to listen to music until quite late at night, be it reggae, steel drums, ska or other Caribbean favorites. Leave the glitz at the hotel and perhaps the guidebook. Nightlife information is best sourced from locals. Or, head to Pinney's Beach.
As nightlife is sporadic, venues and performances change frequently. It's part of the charm.
Ask locals what's hot on any given night.
The Nevis shopping scene isn't going to knock your socks off, but between trinkets, hand-embroidered clothes and pottery, you can fill up a suitcase if need be. Other than resort boutiques, most of the shopping is on or just off Main Street in Charlestown. Pick up some locally-made jams, jellies and pepper sauce from the Nevis Handicraft Co-op there.
Forget your bathing suit or need a dress? Go to Island Fever.
Best Local Souvenir:
Local sauces and jams.