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Nevis: The Caribbean Island Choice for Nature Lovers

Updated on December 8, 2016
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MsDora grew up, received early education and taught school in the Caribbean. Read her love and pride of St. Kitts - people and place.

Nisbet Beach where white as in "white sand" is literal
Nisbet Beach where white as in "white sand" is literal | Source

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

. . . surrounded by nature
. . . surrounded by nature | Source

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 . .

. . . up in the Flamboyant tree
. . . up in the Flamboyant tree | Source

The Magnolia Warbler

. . . securing dinner
. . . securing dinner | Source

The Gardens . . .

. . . you'd have to see it all..
. . . you'd have to see it all.. | Source

Waterfall . . .

. . . in the Gardens (special thanks to Vix)
. . . in the Gardens (special thanks to Vix) | Source

Explore Wildlife

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.

Bird Species

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.

Nature Trails

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 Botanical Gardens

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

. . . of  the Caribbean Sea
. . . of the Caribbean Sea | Source
Golden Rock Estate, Nevis
Golden Rock Estate, Nevis | Source

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

© 2011 Dora Isaac Weithers


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      E Warner 5 years ago

      The sister island of Nevis is attractive and inviting. As a native of St. Kitts, I delight to visit Nevis on occasions to relax and enjoy the scenery and tropical fruits.

      Ms Dora, you did an excellent job of putting Nevis on the map.Good job.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks E. Wish more people could have the opportunity to enjoy Nevis the way we have.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I like all the birds here. This is going on my vacaton list. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Way to go, Alocsin. You will enjoy this Nature's Paradise.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Oh my God, this island looks like paradise, like from my dreams. This island is really the Queen of the Caribbees. I feel so sorry it is on the opposite side of the globe. But thank you MsDora, for the moment you brought Nevis to my home.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Dis-cover, my pleasure to introduce to this little paradise island called Nevis. They say the world is getting smaller. You might get there some day.

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      time to tour do

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Ms Dora, you've done an excellent job of show-casing some of the wonders of this beautiful Caribbean island. Although I've sailed pass St Kitts and Nevis I've never actually visited. Definitely on my list for the next trip to Grenada. Beautiful hub, well done.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Umm MsDora, Sounds like a great place to get away to, no doubt. I've got it on my list now to visit. Thank you so much for the researching such a wonderful island of paradise. It seems so amazing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sujaya, touring this island in person is an experience you will not soon forget.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      ToBusiness, happy to hear that you put Nevis on your list. I've never been to Grenada, but I know that visiting both islands on the same trip could only add to the fun.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Word, a Caribbean tour is the doctor's prescription for you. You will receive fuel for your poetry. Don't wait too long.

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      My father is from St. Kitts, beautifull place, right next door.

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      Healthyannie 3 years ago from Spain

      That looks like paradise to me.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Hezekiah, you're good people (as they would say in St Kitts). Glad to meet you on HubPages. Hope you visit often.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      HealthyAnnie, if they call it “Miniature Paradise of the Caribbean,” and you say it looks like paradise, it must be paradise. Glad you're impressed.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      This island makes me feel like I am home. Nice presentation! I wish some people get the message that the world was created for all of us, and it provides such amazing creations; a gift from our Lord.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lastheart, I love your take on this. There is an appealing beauty in all God's creation. These beautiful islands certainly remind us.

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