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Feel the authentic Caribbean culture and hospitality of Nevis. Indulge in local cuisine and vibrant festivals, while exploring this captivating island destination.

About Nevis

Popular with travellers seeking a quieter, more relaxed Caribbean, Nevis is known for its beautiful beaches, lush greenery, and rich history.

While Nevis is generally a safe island, there are still things you have to watch out for.

Follow these Nevis travel tips for visitors to St Kitts and Nevis and enjoy your vacation in the Caribbean.

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Map of Nevis

Map of Nevis

The sunny islands of St Kitts & Nevis offer glorious beaches, delightful restaurants, exciting nightlife and a wealth of great places to stay; many right on the sand.

Nevis Overview

Nevis is a small Caribbean island located in the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies.

It is part of the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and is situated near its sister island, St. Kitts, to the north-west.

Brief History

Nevis has a rich history dating back to the pre-Columbian era when it was inhabited by indigenous peoples.

It was later colonised by European powers, primarily the British, and became an important centrer for sugar production during the colonial period.

The island was also the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States.

Historical Heritage

In addition to its natural beauty, Nevis has preserved its historical heritage.

The capital city, Charlestown, features charming colonial-style buildings, including the Bath Hotel, one of the oldest in the Caribbean.

Other historical sites include the Museum of Nevis History, which is housed in the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, and the ruins of sugar plantations that showcase the island's past.

Living Museum

Nevis is also home to the Nevisian Heritage Village; a living museum where visitors can experience traditional Nevisian life and learn about the island's cultural heritage.

Natural Beauty

Nevis is known for its natural beauty, pristine beaches, and a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.

The island's landscape is dominated by the majestic Nevis Peak, a dormant volcano that rises to an elevation of 985 metres (3,232 feet).

Nevis is often referred to as the 'Queen of the Caribbean' due to its unspoiled nature, lush rainforests, and picturesque scenery.


Nevis covers an area of approximately 93 square kilometrers and has a population of around 12,000 people.


Tourism is an essential part of Nevis's economy, and the island offers a range of activities and attractions for visitors.

Beach lovers can enjoy the island's sandy shores, such as Pinney's Beach, which stretches for several kilometres and is lined with beach bars and restaurants.

Water sports like snorkelling, diving, and sailing are also popular activities in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea.

Luxury Resorts

Nevis is also known for its luxury resorts and high-end accommodations.

The island offers a range of upscale hotels and villas that provide visitors with a luxurious and intimate experience.

These resorts often boast amenities such as private pools, spas, golf courses, and gourmet restaurants.

Visiting Nevis Island

Nevis Island offers a combination of natural beauty, historical charm, and a tranquil atmosphere, making it an idyllic destination for those seeking a Caribbean getaway away from the hustle and bustle of more developed tourist destinations.

Nevis Highlights

Bath Hotel and Spring House

If you're looking for a unique experience, visit the Bath Hotel and Spring House.

This historic site is home to the only natural hot springs in the Caribbean.

Relax in the warm mineral-rich waters and indulge in the therapeutic properties.

Botanical Gardens of Nevis

Nature lovers will appreciate a visit to the Botanical Gardens of Nevis.

Spread across seven acres, these gardens showcase a vast array of tropical plants, including orchids, palms, and exotic fruits.

Don't miss the chance to explore the Japanese garden and the rainforest conservatory.


Start your exploration in the capital of Nevis, Charlestown.

Map of Charlestown, Nevis
Map of Charlestown, Capital of Nevis.

This charming town is filled with historic buildings, including the Alexander Hamilton Museum, which showcases the life and accomplishments of the founding father of the United States.

Nevis Historical and Conservation Society

For a deeper understanding of Nevis' history and culture, visit the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society.

They operate several museums and heritage sites, such as the Museum of Nevis History and the Horatio Nelson Museum.

Nevisian Cuisine

Indulge in the local flavours of Nevis by trying traditional Nevisian cuisine.

Sample dishes like goat water (a flavorful stew), conch fritters, and fresh seafood.

Visit local restaurants and street food vendors to savour the island's culinary delights.

Nevis Peak

Hiking enthusiasts shouldn't miss the opportunity to conquer Nevis Peak.

This dormant volcano offers panoramic views of the island.

Hiking trails take visitors through lush vegetation, offering glimpses of tropical flora and fauna.

It's a challenging hike, so make sure to be prepared with proper footwear and plenty of water.

Nevis Peak Rum Distillery

If you're a fan of rum, make sure to visit the Nevis Peak Rum Distillery.

Take a tour to learn about the rum-making process and sample some of their finest products.

You can even purchase a bottle as a souvenir.

Pinney's Beach

Nevis is famous for its pristine beaches, and Pinney's Beach is one of the best.

Relax on the soft sand, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, and enjoy breathtaking views of Nevis Peak.

You can also find beach bars and restaurants along the shore.

Relax and Unwind

Don't forget to take some time to relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Nevis.

Whether it's lounging on the beach, booking a spa treatment, or simply watching the sunset, Nevis Island offers the perfect setting for relaxation.

Water Sports and Snorkelling

Nevis offers excellent opportunities for water sports enthusiasts.

Go snorkelling to explore the vibrant coral reefs and marine life or try your hand at paddleboarding, kayaking, or jet skiing.

Nevis Travel Information

Tourism Authority

The Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) is a statutory body created to assist the travel and tourism industry on the island of Nevis.

Appropriate Attire

Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not the town, shops or restaurants.

Refrain from short shorts, bikinis and bare chests in these places.

Informal, but conservative, clothing is the standard.


Bank of Nova Scotia, Barclays Bank PLC, Royal Bank of Canada, St. Kitts - Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Ltd., Bank of Nevis Ltd., Nevis Co-operative Banking Co. Ltd.

Banking hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00 PM and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 PM.

The St. Kitts & Nevis National Bank is also open from 8:30 am - 11:00 am on Saturdays.

Creepy Crawlies and Other Dangers

While Nevis is a generally safe island, there are things you have to watch out for.

Watch out where you walk with bare feet; as there are red ants, scorpions, and centipedes which can sting.

Watch out for the Manchenil Tree which grows near the beach and produces a small green apple-like fruit.

The leaves, branches, and sap can cause burning much like poison ivy, but worse.

The numerous lizards are harmless.


The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (E.C.), and is based on the US Dollar.

The exchange rate varies from $ 2.55 to $ 2.70 EC for one US dollar.

As usual the banks give the best exchange rates and hotels the worst. Credit cards and travellers checks are widely accepted.


The following items are duty free: 200 Cigarettes or 100 Cigars, 1 bottle (26 Oz.) of liquor, and 1 bottle of wine.

Pets are not allowed in from North America but are allowed in from England, with proof that they are rabies free.

Drinking Water

Safe spring water comes from numerous volcanic springs.

Medical Facilities

St. Kitts & Nevis has doctors on call at hotels and a 24-hour Emergency Department.

Recompression chambers are available by air ambulance at nearby Saba and in St. Thomas.

Pharmaceutical services are widely available.

Passport and Visa

For nationals of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Commonwealth countries a visa is not required for stays of up to six months.

A valid passport, birth certificate, naturalisation papers and a return ticket are required.

Shopping Hours

Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

On Thursdays, most shops close for the afternoon.


St. Kitts & Nevis has a US $14.00 airport departure tax, a room tax of 7% and service charge of 10%.


Calling the US is easy from St. Kitts & Nevis.

Most hotels offer USA Direct calling service, or they can connect you with an US operator.

Television and Radio

Most hotels have cable, so many US network and cable stations can be seen.

There are also local stations from Nevis, and other nearby islands that are available on cable.

There are numerous radio stations that can be received from all over the Caribbean and even the US.

Some good stations for local music and news are VON radio Nevis on 895 AM, ZIZ radio St. Kitts 555 AM, ABS radio from Antigua on 620 AM, and for a bit of an American slant on things WOSO from San Juan, Puerto Rico on 1030 AM.

On the FM dial you will find far less, but you will find the GEM Radio Network scattered all over the dial.

They play the same song on every station but from different islands.

Time Zone

Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern Daylight Time, or GMT-04:00.


Same as in the US, 10% to 15%, depending on the service.

Some restaurants and hotels will automatically add a 10% gratuity.

If you are in doubt, do not feel uncomfortable asking.

Usually, porters and bellhops receive $1.00 per bag, taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.

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