Experience Nevis’s old world charm and incredible, untouched natural beauty
Orange, coconut and lime groves thrive and the tree-covered slopes at the base of the dormant volcano give way to fertile plains, mangrove forests and beautiful white, gold and black-sand beaches. The diverse and beautiful landscapes of this pretty isle make it perfect for sightseeing and exploration. An ideal destination for luxury holidays, this unspoilt island is as most would imagine the Caribbean – relaxed and care free.
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Best time to visit Nevis
The Caribbean has become a popular year-round destination with temperatures ranging between the high 20s and low 30s. The dry season is from December to June, while the wet season is from July to November when showers are likely and the humidity levels are high. What’s known as ‘hurricane season’ runs from June to November.
Nevis holiday highlights
Charming and well-preserved, Charlestown is Nevis’ capital. The only town on the whole island, Charlestown is an exquisite example of a colonial era Caribbean town with 18th- and 19th-century architecture built no higher than the island’s swaying palms. This peaceful settlement, framed by the emerald slopes of Nevis Peak, sits to the south of the popular yet peaceful Pinney’s Beach. Along this three-mile stretch are powder-soft golden sands from which fishermen land their catch, and people revel in the warm, calm waters before enjoying a Caribbean sunset with a rum punch.
Many of Nevis’ historic sugar plantations lay in ruins, documenting an industry now extinct on this tiny island and creating an ambience of faded grandeur. Some of these grand plantation houses, built by the masters of rambling estates, have been restored and given a new lease of life as luxury inns, resorts and restaurants where you can dine on delectable cuisine in a delightful old-world setting.
As well as a fascinating heritage, Nevis also enjoys splendid natural wonders and an abundance of wildlife, both on land and below the surface of the clear Caribbean waters. Home to over 120 species of birds, the island has become a firm favourite with bird-watchers from around the world. Visitors to Nevis should also keep a keen eye out for the forest-dwelling Green Vervet monkeys and, between the months of January and April, the humpback whales that come to mate and breed in the warm waters of the Caribbean.
In the heart of the island’s interior, towering above the verdant green landscapes, lies Nevis Peak. Rising to 985 metres, this stratavolcano is the highest point on the island and active fumaroles and hot springs can be found on the slopes around the island. While sugar plantations can still be found on the lower reaches of Nevis Peak, at the top lies a beautiful cloud forest. The terrain is notoriously difficult, however, and it is not recommended that you venture a climb without a high level of fitness and an expert guide.