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Nevis Island Shore Excursion Tips

Nevis island peak
View of Nevis Peak; © Nevis Tourism Authority

The small Caribbean island of Nevis is a tempting place to visit for a shore excursion, day trip or even a quiet vacation. It has plenty of things to do.

Anyone who visits St. Kitts will find that the smaller Nevis island is so nearby—it is clear to see any day—that island hopping is common. Some beach vacationers to St. Kitts may even want to spend a few nights in Nevis. Cruise visitors will find that some shore excursions go to Nevis for the sake of its beaches.

Even if they don’t want to go overnight, Nevis is known for its shore excursions for people who visit St. Kitts.

Nevis Attractions

Charlestown, Nevis, is the main attraction of a shore excursion to the island, which is only seven miles long and five miles wide.

The town is known for its Georgian-style buildings built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors also can do plenty of shopping and dining.

Landmarks include the Nevis Botanical Garden and the Museum of Nevis History, a two-story Georgian building that was the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. They also include the Christena Memorial Plaque, honoring 233 people who lost their lives in the sinking of a government ferry in 1970. The Hamilton Estate has the ruins of a sugar plantation that is now a diversified farm.

If Charlestown isn’t enough, visitors might try hiking in the rain forest through the nature trail at Golden Rock Plantation Inn or take the day-long climb to the top of Nevis Peak, which is 3,232 feet tall. It offers great views of St. Kitts and the surrounding area.

The Golden Rock Nature Trail at Golden Rock Plantation Inn runs along a ridge-line and down a ravine bed. It offers views of huge rainforest plants, local fruit trees and flowers.

Charlestown Nevis
Overlook of Charlestown Nevis; © Nevis Tourism Authority

The trail also is home to a troop of African Green Monkeys.

Hermitage Plantation Inn offers carriage rides on a two to three-mile tour through historic Gingerland and along scenic back roads. The carriages are authentic adaptations of “Victoria” styles and made out of West Indian mahogany.

One shore excursion offers a full-day catamaran trip from St. Kitts to Nevis for about $100 per person

Nevis Beaches

Beach tours that go to Nevis from St. Kitts cost about $90 per person. All beaches are public on Nevis. The top 10 beaches according to the Nevis Tourism Authority are:

  1. Cades Bay (swimming, bar hopping)
  2. Ft. Ashby (birding, picnics)
  3. Gallow’s Bay (snorkeling at south end)
  4. Herbert’s Beach (swimming, snorkeling, bar)
  5. Long Haul Bay (snorkeling)
  6. Lovers Beach (secluded, swimming)
  7. Newcastle Beach (white sand, walks)
  8. Nisbet Beach (swimming, shelling, snorkeling)
  9. Oualie Beach (swimming, sports, kids)
  10. Pinney’s Beach (swimming, bars)

Nevis Hotels and Resorts

Nevis island has a small number of well-regarded resorts and hotels for anyone who wants to spend a night, a few nights or a full week on the island.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis has 196 deluxe rooms and suites that feature either ocean views or views of the championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II.

Hermitage Plantation Inn is a four-star luxury inn on the edge of the rainforest. It has 15 cottages surrounding the Great House (c. 1660), which has a library, sitting room, bar and restaurant.

Hurricane Cove Bungalows has 11 chalet-style bungalows among tropical gardens above the beach.

Nevis Botanical Garden
Nevis Botanical Garden; © Nevis Tourism Authority

Golden Rock Inn has 11 tropical-colored cottages, each with their own porch looking out over the ocean to Antigua and Montserrat.

Montpelier Plantation Inn, which has 17 rooms, is on a 60-acre estate with views of Mount Nevis. The plantation dates from the early 1700s and hosted the wedding of Horatio Nelson (later Admiral Lord Nelson) and Fanny Nisbet in 1787.

Mount Nevis Hotel has 32 suites and three two-bedroom villas with air conditioning, telephones, VCR, cable TV. The suites have full kitchens.

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is an AAA Four Diamond and Conde Nast Traveler Gold List property. It has 38 rooms with plantation-style décor. The resort on 30 acres has a half-mile-long white sand beach protected by an off-shore reef.

Oualie Beach Hotel on Oualie Beach is a beachfront hotel with 34 rooms in gingerbread-style cottages.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
January 24, 2024

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