Traveling to Nevis
Dominated by the 3,232ft Nevis Peak (pictured), it is an intensely green, sun hat-shaped sanctuary with long white sand beaches, attractive hotels and villas, and an old-style charm.
Nevis is one of the most beautiful and relaxing islands in the Caribbean. Dominated by the 3,232ft Nevis Peak, it is an intensely green, sun hat-shaped sanctuary with long white sand beaches, attractive hotels and villas, and an old-style charm. Covering just 36 square miles, it is easy to explore by car with enough sights to make it interesting without interfering with the serious business of taking it easy.
Most visitors arrive by sea, crossing the two-mile Narrows that separates Nevis from its mountainous sister island, St Kitts, which is also worth some of your time. Where you stay is largely a choice between beach and hills − Nevis has several characterful plantation-style hotels that you should at least visit for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner if you do not check in.
The capital, Charlestown, is a small, friendly affair dotted with Georgian buildings and 19th-century churches, and there are enjoyable days to be had seeking out the island’s old sugar estates and walking or riding in the forests inland. Other diversions include a top class golf course, mountain biking, diving and some good Caribbean restaurants. Please visit – www.nevisadventures.com
High season on Nevis runs from mid-December to April when and the weather is at its best. Rates drop in summer, but due to the limited number of direct flights from the UK to neighbouring St Kitts you’ll have to travel outside of the school holidays to get the best deal. While the Caribbean hurricane season officially runs from June to November, September and October are the most likely months to encounter major storms. Some hotels and restaurants close for a few weeks during this quiet period.
With warm seas and sunny skies, Nevis is enjoyable at any time of year. Consider visiting when they are in party mood – on Nevis the main event of the year is the Culturama Festival (late July to early August), while on St Kitts you might want to coincide with its annual Music Festival (late June) or the international cricket matches held at the Warner Park Stadium in Basseterre.
If you’ve got a car, set off on a let’s-see-what-we-find circular drive round the island. Visit some plantation hotels (or different ones if you are staying in one) – Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Hermitage and Golden Rock are all well worth the journey for a drink or meal. Allow some time to soak up the old Caribbean atmosphere of Charlestown, and if you’re feeling energetic, climb Nevis Peak. Then hang out on Pinney’s Beach drinking rum – it’s obligatory. For all your car rental queries please visit Website – www.nevisadventures.com
If you’re flying from North America, fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico and connect with any airline that services Nevis. Seaborne flies direct to Nevis daily while Tradewind Aviation flies direct from Puerto Rico to Nevis.
Travellers from North America or the UK can choose to fly to St Kitts and then connect to Nevis (via ferry). Another option is to fly to Antigua and fly with Tradewind Aviation to Nevis.
From St Maarten visitors can reach Nevis on WINAIR flights daily and from the US Virgin Islands on demand via Air Sunshine or on Coastal Air on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Tradewind Aviation – From the US, flights connect well with many airline flights and Tradewind Aviation now have an interline and baggage agreement with United airlines which offers major convenience for the traveller. Additionally, they have an agreement with British Airways for the connection London through Antigua and on to Nevis.
Travellers from North America or the UK may choose to fly to St Kitts and connect to Nevis via ferry, water taxi, another option is to fly to Antigua and then catch a charter plane to Nevis Vance W. Amory International airport.
Fringed with golden sands and transparent waters, Nevis is ideal for adventure lovers and sun seekers alike.
Tourist will find coral reefs and calm tides invite snorkelers and scuba divers throughout all seasons, but if you are looking to take a more relaxed approach this winter try and unwind with a traditional rum, enjoying the sun from the sands.”
Step a little more inshore and find yourself lost in world famous attractions; The Botanical Gardens flower Forest and Nevis Museum & Historical Society are just two to top the list.
It is rare to see anything but sun in December in the Caribbean, with temperatures rarely dipping below 28 degrees it is the perfect paradise to see this Christmas
Nevisians are a friendly and welcoming people and many islanders have visited or lived in the UK. If you want to find something out, just ask. Avoid poorly-lit areas at night and don’t leave valuables on display in cars or on hotel balconies and beaches. If you want to take photos of local people, always ask first.
ATM 24 Hour Service
Cirrus and Plus Systems generally accepted:
Bank of Nevis Ltd
Bank of Nova Scotia
First Caribbean International Bank
Vance W Amory Airport (open when airport is open)
RBTT – Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
Nevis Cooperative Credit Union
Bank of Nevis;
Bank of Nova Scotia;
First Caribbean International Bank;
Nevis Credit Union;
RBTT Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago;
St. Kitts-Nevis National Bank
Banks are open Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm; Friday 8am-4pm
Most hotels, restaurants, and businesses accept credit cards, but it’s best to check before you travel. Bank ATM machines will provide EC funds through some credit cards.
Alexandra Hospital 469-5473
Fire Services 469-3444
Please dress tastefully in public and remember that bikinis, bare chests and bare feet are for the beach only. Before taking photographs of residents or their homes, please be respectful and ask for permission.
Join in with the local ritual of saying “good morning” and “good afternoon” even to total strangers. They won’t be strangers for long.
Dress for dinner is generally ‘casually elegant’ so jackets and ties are not required for men at any of the restaurants.
Nevis has a modern communications system which delivers efficient telephone, facsimile and internet connections throughout the world. To make an overseas call, dial 1 or dial 3-5-5 and then follow the instructions for using a credit card. Phone cards for use locally or overseas are available through Digicel and Lime. Chippi is another telephone company on Nevis, while internet services are provided by Lime.
The Nevis Tourism Authority office is open Mon-Fri 8:00am -5:00 pm in Charlestown. You’ll find brochures there about many of the island’s activities and businesses.
For information, call 1-869-469-7550 (local), 1-407-287-5204 (from the USA), 1-403-770-6697 (from Canada) or +44(1)305 233107 (from the UK).
Visa & Immigration Requirements
U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to present a passport with a photo ID to enter the island. Visitors may stay for a maximum of six months, but extensions may be requested at the immigration office in Charlestown. Visitors must enter with a return ticket. Departure tax, when leaving the island, is $20.50 US or $54 EC, which includes an environmental levy and airport security tax.
Citizens of some countries are not required to have visas in order to enter St. Kitts – Nevis. Please click here to view the complete list, apply for a visa, or for details of the St. Kitts-Nevis Embassies.
Drinking water is pure and safe to drink, but if you are sensitive to food and water changes, you may prefer commercially bottled water. Bottled water is sold in stores, restaurants, and hotels. Boiling water is recommended when staying in homes that use cisterns for their water supply.