Nevis: The Caribbean Island Choice for Nature Lovers
Although Nevis is nearly always paired with its big sister, St. Kitts (as in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis), the smaller island makes a big impression all by itself. Nevis has earned the image of “Queen of the Caribbees,” “Miniature Paradise of the Caribbean,” and “One of the Last Remaining Unspoiled Places on Earth.” Visitors can be exposed to a rare appreciation for nature, in activities ranging from a study of plant life for medicinal purposes to the study of stars during a night walk on the beach.
Nevisians like Kittitians are among the friendliest and most accommodating people you will ever meet. They will do whatever it takes to make your stay comfortable and exciting as you wander through the flora and fauna, enjoy the chatter of the monkeys, explore the restored architecture or watch sunsets from your villa balcony.
Although there are several airplane routes to the island, including a direct American Eagle flight from Puerto Rico, entry by sea via St. Kitts is highly recommended. Just a short taxi ride from the St. Kitts airport to the ferry terminal, then the fun begins with a 45 minute sail which provides a scenic view of both islands.
Banyan Tree Bed and Breakfast
Settle into Nature
Choose one of several hotels, villas (condos) or guest houses which offer a view of the beach and may be a 2 to 15-minute walk away. Or select the Banyan Tree Bed and Breakfast built around a 300-year-old banyan tree, surrounded by gardens and a bamboo walk; or the Tranquility Annexe located on the slopes of Mount Nevis and set among banana trees.
Cattle Egrets . .
The Magnolia Warbler
The Gardens . . .
Waterfall . . .
There is so much more plant and animal life to be enjoyed than can be mentioned here. Let these few facts serve as an appetizer.
Because of its 126 species of birds (including 8 species of hawks and 4 species of white birds) Nevis has earned a place on the international list of birding spots. Though not all the species are present every day of the year, there is much to see as nature lovers visit the birding habitats around the island.
Birds can be found in the wetlands, in the rain forest, on the beaches and even in residential areas. It is not unusual for a bananaquit (the small, easily-tamed sugar lover) to swoop down on your table as you dine outdoors.
Tour with the “bush doctor” as your guide through the rain forest; you will learn local bush remedies. Other guided tours will lead you to springs and waterfalls, fruit and vegetable gardens, and old-fashioned houses. You will observe the monkeys and the mongoose.
If a walk through the trails will be too hard on you, ride from the Hermitage Plantation Inn on an authentic carriage (a classic Creole adaptations of mid 19th century "Victoria" styles, crafted of West Indian mahogany) through historic Gingerland, down scenic back roads from where you can see the routines of everyday country life.
The 5-acre garden is a display of tropical shrubs and flowers, dolphin fountains, water lilies and more. It flaunts the Flamboyant or Poinciana, the national flower of St. Kitts and Nevis.
There are also spectacular views of shaded Orchid Terraces, fruit terraces, the fabric-like flowers of the Calico Vine, a herb garden which obviously attracts bees looking for nectar and over 100 species of palms.
Four Seasons Hotel View
Enjoy the Beaches
Whether you are interested in swimming, snorkeling, birding, beach walking or beach picnicking, you have many white-sand and black-sand beaches to choose from. The official Nevis tourist guide simply lists the top ten without naming which one is best. However, Nisbet Beach and Pinney’s Beach seem to be the most famous, probably because of the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club and the Four Seasons Hotel resorts located on them.
Oualie Beach and Lovers Beach are also named as favorites. Many of the beaches offer a clear view of other islands including St. Kitts.
One popular consensus is that everyone who has been on a beach in Nevis loved being there. In the water or near the water, you will too.
For more information on travel, immigration requirements, hotel accommodations or any other questions you might have, please contact the Nevis Tourism Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org.
© 2011 Dora Isaac Weithers
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