Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis
Dominated by the conical peak of Mount Nevis, the little sister of more developed St Kitts is just two miles away and yet possesses a draw of its own in its talcum-powder soft sandy beaches and clash-of-cultures architecture. The tiny and timeless capital of Charlestown is the place to sip a spiced-rum cocktail in; here you can spy the island’s scarlet sunset and amble among the colourful Georgian buildings and 19th-century churches. Up on the slopes of the long-slumbering volcano there are plantations to explore. These yield treasures of the island’s sugar and spice history, of tumbledown sugar mills and mansions with rickety porches. Within the virgin rainforest, monkeys swing from trees and time-worn traditions amble along as they always have.
When to go
Warm waters and even warmer temperatures make Nevis a year-round destination, though it’s worth visiting during the island’s Culturama Festival (late July to early August) which celebrates its rich cultural heritage.
PlanesFlights with British Airways (www.britishairways.com), American Airlines (www.aa.com) and Delta (www.delta.com) fly into Robert L Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) on neighbouring St Kitts; from here take a ferry or water taxi to Nevis. Nevis is well connected to the USA and Caribbean Islands via smaller airlines and ferry services.
BoatsFly into St Kitts and take a ferry or private water taxi for the scenic, 45-minute crossing to Nevis across the two-mile section known as the Narrows.
AutomobilesYou can easily hail a taxi on the island, but to make the most of the rugged scenery and blissfully secluded location you’ll want to hire a car; you’ll find car-hire kiosks at the airport.