Photo from Four Seasons Nevis West Indies.
Tucked away in the northern part of the West Indies, Nevis (pronounced “nay-vis”), is a quick water-taxi ride from St. Kitts. At just thirty six square miles in size, it’s quite a small island, but perhaps the best place to disappear for a few days.
The ferry from St. Kitts will drop you in Nevis’ tiny capital, Charlestown. Part of the appeal for travelers is that the Nevisians have been able to keep the island off the radar. The beautiful, quiet beaches are one of the main attractions: a favorite is Pinney’s Beach. There’s horseback riding at the Equestrian Centre, climbing Nevis Peak (the volcano at the center of the island) or wandering around the Botanical Gardens.
Nevis also has a unique tie to U.S. history, as the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. Lin Miranda Manuel spent time in Nevis to get inspiration for the Broadway hit Hamilton. To get your own fix of history, visit the Alexander Hamilton House.
Weather-wise, temps hover around 80 degrees year-round, but keep in mind that July to November is the island’s rainiest season.
For those headed to Nevis this summer, the Culturama Festival begins on July 21 and runs through August 2. Culturama celebrates the local Nevisian traditional customs and hopes to spread awareness of the island’s cultural heritage. Carnival is the biggest yearly event on the neighboring island of St. Kitts, starting in mid-December.
The favored hotels to stay, according to TripAdvisor, include the Nisbet Plantation Club, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis and the Montpelier Plantation. If it so happens you’re looking to buy, a billionaire car magnate also recently put his home, the Seagrape, up for sale for a cool $7.2 million. Perks? Automatic citizenship in St. Kitts and Nevis.