My Nevis Travel Guide: The Caribbean Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Charli Moore

Intoxicating natural vistas, deserted beaches, long dormant volcanoes, and the legacy of a once thriving sugar industry defines the landscape of Nevis; an off the beaten path Caribbean destination that’s making a name for itself as the place to be seen.

Visiting Nevis? This Nevis travel guide will give you a great overview of the island. Use the subheadings to navigate to the content that is most helpful to you.

Boasting a unique island charm that sets it apart from the region’s established vacation haunts such as Barbados and St Barts, Nevis is unspoilt, relaxed, and easy-going. Here wide open spaces and a rich cultural heritage implore visitors to ditch the clichéd holiday itinerary of all-inclusive sea, sand, and sun, and instead immerse themselves in the real Caribbean.

Without a single traffic light nor even a hint of rush hour madness (unless you count the donkeys and goats that wander rouge along the asphalt), Nevis’ population of just over 12,000 live by the mantra “Rush Slowly”; nothing is hurried is here. Yet despite its apparent equable appeal, Nevis offers far more than your average island escape. Guide To Nevis

Looking for a taste of the real Caribbean? Here’s my insider’s guide to Nevis.

When to visit Nevis

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Image – Playing golf at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Crowds flock to the warmth of the Caribbean during the frigid winter months (November through March), and while you won’t necessarily encounter hordes of visitors on Nevis throughout this peak season, take note that the cost of accommodation, car rentals, and some activities will increase during this time. Guide To Nevis

The Christmas season and the month of February are the busiest times on the island, however the shoulder season (late April through early June) offers the best of both worlds. Prices drop and the snow birds disperse affording the flexible traveller a reduced rate and a quiet escape.

How to get to Nevis

Guide To Nevis - Seagulls in Long Haul Bay

Image – Capturing seagulls in Long Haul Bay using 4K Photo mode on my LUMIX GH4

Where is Nevis island? – The island of Nevis is located in the British West Indies near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 350 km east-southeast of Puerto Rico and 80 km west of Antigua. It is one of two islands, the other being Saint Kitts, that form the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

How to get to Nevis from the UK – British Airways offer a direct route to St. Kitts from London (the flight lands at Antigua but passengers for St. Kitts & Nevis remain on board) and Virgin Atlantic operates a route to Antigua where a connection can be made to Nevis with Fly Monserrat or WINAIR.

How to get to Nevis from the USA – Flights from five major US cities make connections in either San Juan or St. Maarten with airlines Cape Air, Seaborne, Tradewind, or Winair for arrival into Nevis. Alternatively, there are four direct routes from major US cities to St. Kitts where a taxi and water taxi deliver passengers across the narrows to Nevis.

– American Airlines fly direct to Saint Kitts from Miami, New York JFK, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

-Delta flies nonstop from Atlanta to Saint Kitts once a week on Saturdays

– United Airlines flies nonstop from Newark on Saturdays in peak season

– Air Canada has nonstop flights from Toronto on Saturdays in peak season

– LIAT offers one nonstop flight every day from St Maarten, and five-times-weekly service from Barbados.

-Winair offers three nonstop flights from St Maarten four days a week

– Seaborne has daily nonstop flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Where to stay on Nevis

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Image – The perfect spot for sunset at Paradise Beach 

If you’re looking at where to stay on Nevis, here’s my pick of the best hotels in Nevis.

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For a little luxury check into Four Seasons Resort Nevis where alongside traditional hotel suites, lavish two, three, and four bedroom villas overlook the surrounding golf course and the glistening Caribbean Sea. Offering an opulent island escape, you can choose to book a butler, private chef, and wellness professionals to be on hand to attend to your every whim, and when you’re so inclined you can stretch out on the pristine sands that fringe the resort.

Keen to immerse yourself in the island’s heritage? Check into The Golden Rock Inn. Situated on the verdant slopes of Nevis Peak, this historic plantation property dates back to the 1800s and has been lovingly restored under the guidance of new owners Helen and Brice Marden (one of New York’s most creative couples). Boasting a minimalist chic that perfectly complements its fine Nevisian stone walls and vaulted ceilings, this property is ideal for a secluded island escape.

The Montpelier Plantation is another fabulous historic property to consider, read my review of Montpelier here.

For a rustic island stay you really can’t beat The Hermitage. The chattel house accommodations and friendly family-run vibe is unmatched anywhere else on the island.

Looking for a laid-back, eco-friendly retreat? Check into the Oualie Beach Resort. Owned by the Yearwood family whose heritage runs deep in the sugar trade of the 1600s, the property boasts quaint gingerbread cottages and is set aside a lush beachscape blanketed in coconut palms, natural grasses, and coccoloba uvifera (known locally as sea grapes).

The best beaches on Nevis

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Image – On the sand at Pinneys Beach

Just googled ‘best beaches Nevis’ to check that the island has picture perfect ocean-front hangouts? You’re in the right place. I spend 99% of my time on the sandy beaches on Nevis.

Unlike many of its neighbours, Nevis’ beaches are understated and undeveloped. Very little property and just a handful of tasteful resorts line the water’s edge; there’s seldom anyone around to beat you to the optimum spot on the sand.

Looking for a place to lay out on a sun lounger? Cades Bay on the north west coast of the island boasts two fine beach-front watering holesChrishi Beach and the Yachtsman Grill – that cater to folk who want to crash out on the sand for an hour or two. Volleyball courts and views over to neighbouring St. Kitts can be found at both.

Guide To Nevis - A pelican fishing in Long Haul Bay

Image – a pelican dives for his supper in Long Haul Bay, shot using 4K Photo mode on my LUMIX GH4

Want to watch local fisherman netting their catch in the shallows? Walk along the sands affront the Nisbet Plantation where pelicans patrol the waterline and skilled fishermen cast their nets into the crashing waves.

Keen to sunbath in seclusion? Head down to Lovers Beach where undulating sands and an idyllic island view offer a romantic hideaway for two.

Searching for the best beach walk on Nevis? Traverse the length of both Paradise Beach and Pinneys Beach and wend your way past sections of unspoiled shoreline, on to the beachfront of the striking Four Seasons Resort, and into the archetypal surrounds of the beach bars at Pinneys Beach. The round trip is a little under three miles and is the perfect morning tonic for too many glasses of rum punch the night before!

Things to do on Nevis

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Image – Sugar mill ruins on the historic Hamilton Estate

Whether you’re visiting Nevis W.I. for a week or just a day, the Funky Monkey Tour is a fabulous way to soak in the sights and sounds of the island. Hop aboard a Polaris Ranger and head off the beaten track with your guide who will share with you some of the island’s best kept secrets. I was amazed at just how many sugar industry relics remain in situ, from enormous cast iron melting pots to ruined mills constructed of Nevisian stone, there’s a wealth of historic sites to explore.

Feeling adventurous? Hike the majestic 3232ft Nevis Peak. Perfect for all levels of climbers, though with a few challenging and adventurous sections, those who reach the top will be rewarded with unparalleled views that stretch out across the Caribbean Sea. Alternatively you can hire a bike from and ride the single-lane roads that cover the island. read my guide to where to cycle on Nevis for more information.

Seen the sights and keen to relax? A skippered sail aboard a yacht is the perfect remedy too much activity. Book a day’s sailing with Nevis Yacht Charters who will whisk you away for a few hours on the ocean; snorkel on vibrant coral reefs, relax on the deck in the sun, and see the mighty Mount Nevis in all its glory, clouds blanketing its peak. You can also charter a motorboat and make the most of the opportunity to go sport fishing in the Caribbean Sea.

The best beach bars on Nevis

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Image – A blustery sunset scene at Long Haul Bay

Pinneys Beach is the epicentre of beach-side retreats on Nevis. Here, Turtle Time, Lime, and Sunshine’s compete for custom with a high octane blend of sweet soca sounds and potent punch cocktails.

Sunshine’s Beach Bar & Grill has a chilled West Indian ambiance and is popular not only with locals, but visitors and famous faces alike; Beyonce, John Travolta, Kevin Bacon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Mel Gibson have all dined here over the last 24 years.

Lime is the place to party on a Friday night. Patrons can chill in the Green Flash lounge (a rooftop cocktail bar above the dance floor run by vivacious patroness Jack), and late night revellers will love its pizza shack which serves up piping hot pizzas throughout the evening.

Turtle Time Beach Bar & Grill opened in February 2015 and is fast making a name for itself as the place to be seen at Pinneys Beach. The specially constructed 360-degree bar is bright and breezy and offers spectacular views of the nightly Nevisian sunset.

Want to relax aside the sand in style? Head to my favourite hangout Chrishi Beach. The only place to be seen on the Caribbean island Nevis, rock up to this ocean-front haunt any time of the day or night and unwind to the sound of Hedda’s unique playlists that perfectly complement the stylish interiors of this up-scale beach bar.

My food lovers guide to where to eat on Nevis

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Image – Capturing Executive Chef Mary Parks at work using 4K Photo mode on my LUMIX GH4

The island’s beach bars are a great option for budget friendly local fare, however there’s also a wide range of international cuisines available across the island. Here are a few of my favourites:

Bananas Bistro – international flavours with Caribbean flare

Oozong island charm Bananas Bistro is hidden away in the upper reaches of the historic Hamilton Estate and is surrounded by over an acre of lush tropical garden where hummingbirds flit to and fro and unprecedented sunset views offer nightly entertainment.

Indian Summer – the best Indian cuisine in the Caribbean

From the tandoori-fired flat breads dripping in butter and the sumptuous samosa chaats, to the luxurious murgh makhani and mango lassi (that a fellow dinner implored me to try on hearing it was my first time to the restaurant), bold flavours abound at Indian Summer; a must-try for anyone visiting the island.

Yachtman’s Grill – a smart-causal ocean-front eatery

The Yachtsman’s Grill’s ethos of fresh, local, and seasonal farm-to-table produce is elevated by chef Mary Parks’ impressive classical culinary training. A Le Cordon Bleu graduate yet an island girl at heart, diners will find stunning, wood-fired pizzas and Caribbean flavours on the menu in this chic island eatery.

Passion Bar & Grill – a casual local restaurant serving island fayre

Reader Marnie sent me this recommendation after visiting the Nevis – In case you don’t know it, I wanted to add that we ate at Passion. It’s down the hill and to the right of Montpelier. Apparently you need to call first as she might not be open if there are no customers, but the setting was lovely and the food was great. 

Picture perfect places on Nevis

Guide To Nevis - View Across To St. Kitts

Image – Looking out over to neighbouring St. Kitts

If idyllic island views excite you, or you’re looking for some enviable Instagramable Caribbean snapshots, Nevis will not disappoint.

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From skies that erupt in colour at sunset, to stunning stretches of coastline that appear on the covers of glossy magazines, you’ll not have to travel too far to find another picture perfect vista.

Here are a few of my favourites:

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Image – Water ballooning fun on Lovers Beach photographed using 4K Photo mode on my LUMIX GH4

Lovers Beach – With views over to neighbouring St. Kitts and a pristine coastline boarding azure sea, Lovers Beach (just north of the Oualie Beach Resort) is one of my favourite spots on Nevis.

Guide To Nevis - Fishing at Sunset on Nevis

Image – Net fishing in Nevis captured using 4K Photo mode on my LUMIX GH4

Long Haul Bay – Walk south from the Nisbet Beach Club and you’ll find a short stretch of sand fringed with windswept palm trees.

To your right there’s an impressive view of Nevis Peak, and to your left you’re likely to see local fishermen casting their nets into the waves.

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Image – Colourful fishing boats and island views

The Beach at Rices – Take the road opposite Gingerland Secondary School (towards the coast) and although it soon turns from asphalt to dirt, follow it down to the coast where you’ll find a remote bay in which the only inhabitants are pelicans and brightly coloured fishing boats.

On a clear day you can see across to the islands of Redonda and Montserrat.

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Image – Looking up to Mount Nevis

Nevis Peak Lookout – The challenging hike to the top of Mount Nevis is the activity for the adventurous traveller visiting the island and those who reach the top are rewarded with unparalleled 360 degree views of islands and ocean.

Things you should know about Nevis

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Image – Sunrise over Mount Nevis


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Travellers are required to obtain a visitor’s driver’s license, which may be obtained from the Traffic Department or the Fire Station in the island’s capital Charlestown for a small fee (take along your passport and a valid international license).

Local laws and customs

– Nudism and topless sunbathing are illegal.

– Minimum driving age is 18 years old.

– Minimum drinking age is 18 years old.

– Drink driving is illegal on Nevis and those found guilty can be fined and/or jailed for up to 12 months.


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  1. This is terrific. I’ve visited Nevis every year for many, many years. I’m surprised you didn’t mention The Hermitage Plantation Inn. It is the most authentic Caribbean inn on Nevis, is beautiful, has really good food and is in the mid price point. I’ll attach their website below for. Hope you can look it up some time. It’s well worth notice!

    1. Hi Pam, thanks for taking the time to share your recommendations. The Hermitage is indeed a fantastic property and well worth a visit for their fresh mango juice alone! However to keep this guide within a reasonable word count I had to omit quite a few of Nevis’ best bits, there’s just so many wonderful spots on the island!

  2. Nice write up on Nevis but stunned you have omitted The Hermitage and Montpelier Plantation. They have to be some of the best Inns/ hotels in the West Indies.

    Furthermore I am surprised that you haven’t mentioned some of the amazing private homes for rent on the Island.

    Anyway.. I am sure you have your reasons.

    1. Hi Tim,

      Thanks for your comment. Both Montpelier and The Hermitage are fantastic properties! When collating my guide I chose to include a range of properties for different budgets, and as I am sure you are aware Nevis boasts so many fantastic accommodation options, I could dedicate an entire piece to showcasing each one (in fact I’d love to do just that!). However this is a much broader guide to the island and so I had to narrow down my choices to keep the guide easily digestible for online readers!

  3. Yes I agree with you Charlie. Seriously I also never heard of this beautiful place before. Thanks for sharing this informative post with us. All pics are Phenomenal. As I am nature lover so love the images of birds and beaches the most in your post.

  4. Awesome pictures! I traveled from Venezuela up to Puerto Rico through the Lesser Antillas but didn’t make it to nevis (too many islands, hehe). Looks really cool.. maybe next time!
    Keep it up!

  5. Great to hear that there are still some Caribbean Islands unspoilt by tourism. Did you spend all your time in Nevis? Or did you explore a little of St. Kitts, too?

    1. I actually spent three months house and pet sitting on St. Kitts in 2015 so have explored the island quite a bit. Are you heading to the islands soon? I love them both but Nevis is definitely my favourite.

    1. Oh fabulous! You’ll have such a wonderful time I’ve no doubt. Where are you staying? My top tip is to take a trip with Nevis Yacht Charters. There’s something very special about the view of Nevis’ shores from the ocean!

      1. We’re finalizing reservations now, but I believe we’re staying at Montpelier (it’s a similar vibe to our resort in Anguilla). Very much looking forward to escaping from one little island to another! 🙂

  6. It sounds a fascinating island and the photos look divine. I’m not sure about the headline though. I’m just not a fan of the now widely used format of introducing a place with the “…that you’ve probably never heard of” construct.

  7. We’ll be stopping in Bassterre, St Kitts and Nevis in June 2019 as part of a family reunion cruise on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Symphony of the Seas. In your post, I noticed that you said all travelers are required to get a visitor’s driver’s license. Do you have to get one if you’re only going to be there for the day? Just curious. Thanks.

    1. Hey Cece, so fab to hear you’re heading to St Kitts! You’ll only need a driver’s license if you plan to drive whilst on the islands, and if you’re renting a car the rental company will arrange this when you pick up your vehicle.

      If you’re only on St Kitts for the day, and with a small group of family, I’d suggest hiring a driver to take you on your own adventure. Whenever I fly into St Kitts I use a local taxi company called Seamoss Taxi’s – they would definitely be able to put you in touch with someone who could act as a tour guide for the day and take you to see some of the best spots on the island. Add Seamoss to Whatsapp – +1 869 662 6192 and give him a shout closer to your date of travel.

      I’d recommend the following on St Kitts:

      Brimstone Hill Fortress –

      Lunch at Kitittian Hill –

      Relaxing on the sand at Reggae Beach – google pictures

      Alternatively you could charter a skippered yacht and spend the day cruising around St Kitts and Nevis –

      Hope that helps!

      Safe travels

  8. Fabulous article. My wife and I have just purchased a place on Pinney’s beach and cannot wait to make this island our winter retirement home. We took a bit of a wild leap, having visited St Kitts but not Nevis, but through articles like yours, we fell in love with the idea of Nevis. Cannot wait to explore all these hidden gems you describe so eloquently!

  9. Would love to see more of Nevis to actually see the hotels, restaurants, (casinos), proximity to beach and fun things to do. I am a senior (78) but have no problems and if I could see a brochure of the Island I would be happy. THANKS!!!!

  10. I will be traveling to St Kitts Oct 29-Nov 5 with my husband and another couple. We will be staying a week at the Marriott. Would love some ideas for St Kitts while staying there and nearby Nevis for a day trip(maybe a 2nd day too).
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Marci,

      Thank you for your comment. How exciting that you’re soon to visit. My number one recommendation for your stay is to view the islands from the ocean with Nevis Yacht Charters. You get a really unique perspective of the volcanic landscapes from the water. Captain Miles will collect you by tender from the Marriott.

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      Brimstone Hill on St Kitts is also well worth a visit. The history is fascinating and the views of neighbouring Sint Eustatius, Sabre, and Montserrat are breathtaking.

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      Head to Belle Mont Farm on St Kitts for lunch, it’s a fantastic resort tucked away in the hills to the north of the island and again, has amazing views from the terrace of the dining room!

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      Hope that’s helpful.

      Safe travels 🙂

  11. Hey Charli, enjoyed your blog very much. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences. I have a 10-day trip booked from NY to St Estatius (Statia) and thought I could easily jump on a ferry and go island hopping on any given day, but that doesn’t sound easy at all. I can get to St Kitts as the Makanna Ferry offers a round trip on Fridays, but I cannot find how to do the same to Nevis. My trip will not be complete without Nevis as I really have my heart set on it. Please help!

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