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Nevis is the smaller of the two islands that make up the small Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. A former British colony, the islands became independent from Britain in 1983. St. Kitts and Nevis are separated by a 2-mile wide channel known as "The Narrows". Several ferries run every day between Charlestown, the capital of Nevis, and Basseterre, which is the capital of St. Kitts. Nevis is not very commercially developed, and it is still a very quiet and relaxing island. The marketplace is very small, and Nevis is a lot safer than many Caribbean islands. The people who live there are kind and welcoming, but Nevisians who don't work with tourists on a regular basis tend to be very shy at first. Nevis has one of the highest literacy rates in the world; education and religion are very important aspects of the islanders' lives. Nevis was the birthplace and childhood home of Alexander Hamilton. It was also the place where Horatio Nelson was stationed as a young sea captain and where he met and married his wife, a young plantation widow, Fanny Nisbet. (less...) (more...)
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Several Nevisian buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries are still in use today.
- Hermitage Plantation in Saint John, has one building that was built of lignum vitae wood in 1640; this is the oldest surviving wooden house still in use in the Caribbean today.
- Bath Hotel of 1778, located just outside Charlestown, is the first hotel built in the Caribbean and once served as a luxury hotel and spa. The soothing waters of the hotel's hot springs lured many famous Europeans, including the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Antigua-based Admiral Nelson and Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence, the future William IV of the United Kingdom. They attended balls and private parties at the hotel. Today, the building serves as the government headquarters and the hot springs are open to the public. Many of the churches on Nevis also date to this time period, as well as some of the reconstructed mills.
- Culturama, an annual cultural festival, is celebrated the first week of August as part of the Emancipation Day weekend.
About Cades Bay
The people of Nevis who are not in the tourist business tend to be very shy, but are friendly and helpful once you get past the initial shyness, which can take some time. It is appropriate to greet everyone you pass or meet, saying either, "good morning," "good afternoon," or "good night" (which is said instead of "good evening.")
Nevisians in general attend church regularly. Cursing in public is against the law. Provocative dress and rudeness are frowned on. Topless sunbathing is not allowed on the beaches of Nevis.
Most non-tourist places on Nevis such as banks, grocery stores, and government offices will often have lines. Ferries frequently do not leave on time. Service in local restaurants can be very slow. Local people expect that you will not complain or show irritation about these delays, which are considered normal.
Don't take photos of the local people or their houses without asking their permission first; this is considered to be very rude.
- Pinney's Beach on the western (Caribbean) side of the island is the most popular and developed beach.
- Golf at The Four Seasons Each golf hole has an absolutely gorgeous view of the island and the ocean. The golf course winds around the lower slopes of the volcano, Nevis Peak. If you are not into golfing, Four Seasons offer a tour right around sunset during which you may see the monkeys that wander the the grounds, as well as the spectacular views. It is breathtaking and a "must do" when visiting Nevis.
- The Eva Wilkin Art Gallery Evan Wilkin had lived in a windwill from the 18th century. She died in 1989 but people still visit her home to see all of her sketches and paintings that represent Nevis culture from the views to the interaction of people.
- Ruins Architecture from the past. Things like estates and sugar mills and churches. Popular ruin destinations are: Hamilton Estate, New River Estate, Coconut Walk Estate, The Lime Kiln, and Cottle Church.
- For the Adventurous There is mountain biking and hiking to Nevis's Peak, all the while catching the breathtaking views of the island. There is also deep sea fishing and scuba diving of course.
- For the Romantic Located southeast of Charlestown, there is a Botanical Garden with about seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.
Nevis has exceptional food that is a blend of European, American, and hints of African and Asian. It is nearly impossible to get a bad meal on the island.
The food is fresh and further complimented by the island's lack of pollution. Nevisian food ranges from sophisticated European flavors to simple (equally delicious) roti, which is a roll-up with a savory filling. Restaurants serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and are usually closed in between. Restaurants also close early at night, so expect to eat dinner before nine or ten, or not at all.
Food service on the island is mostly very slow, often with errors that will lead to more slow service in correcting them. However, the waitstaff of the restaurants, although sometimes substandard in performance, are generally very kind and pleasant to deal with.
Some local delicacies are breadfruit, coconut jelly, fresh mangos, fresh tamarind, and roti.
Nevis features a number of very popular beach bars, most of which are on Pinney's Beach. There are of course very lovely bars in all of the of the upscale hotels.
There are numerous local bars, and in addition, many local "snackettes", informal restaurants which sell home cooked meals and also sell drinks. Most villages have several snackettes, which serve as a central feature of village life.
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