Explore Nevis, Walking Tour
Duration: Half Day
Boasting a range of beautiful landscapes, from pristine beaches and sleepy bays to lush rainforests and dramatic mountain peaks, few people visit Nevis without embarking on some kind of activity in the great outdoors. One of the best ways to appreciate the island’s natural beauty is to explore on foot and there are numerous walking and hiking tours available. Venturing off the beaten track will enable you to discover many historical and natural treasures that you may otherwise have missed.
The choice of walking trails around Nevis is endless, whether you explore on your own or take a guided tour. One of the most popular walks is the Upper Round Road, a nine-mile road that connects Golden Rock Plantation Inn on the windward side of the island to Nisbet Plantation Beach Hotel on the northern side. This ancient road was built in the 1600s to provide access to the many sugar plantations and communities on the island. Otherwise known as "Heritage Highway", the route offers walkers an easy and picturesque walk through cultivated farmland and lush tropical forest around the base of Mount Nevis, passing old sugar mills and other historic sights of interest on the way.
One of the highlights of the trail is Hermitage Plantation, which famously hosts one of the oldest wooden houses in the Caribbean. You can also enjoy some of the most beautiful vistas on the island as the Leeward Coast and the sparkling Caribbean Sea dip in and out of view, and there are plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting along the trail. The island’s green vervet monkeys can often be spotted around this area, as well as a wide variety of birds. After all that exercise, you may be lucky enough to get invited in by the friendly local residents for refreshments. If not, you can enjoy a delicious meal in one of the historical plantation inns at either end of the route instead. The trail can be accessed at various points on the island and maps are available so you don’t get lost.
Other popular walks on Nevis include historic trails such as the New River Estate Walk, which takes hikers through a former sugar plantation, past the great house and old relics such as the windmill tower, boiling house and a working lime kiln. There are also many walks in and around Charlestown, the capital of Nevis, which will lead you to historic points such as Saddle Hill viewpoint, reputedly once used by Captain Horatio Nelson. The Fort Charles Walk is another recommended route, leading up to the ancient ruins of Fort Charles where Nelson once kept a lookout for French sailing vessels. From here you can enjoy some spectacular views of the island. These particular walks will give you a fascinating insight into the French and British colonial history of the island.
Last but not least, there are some wonderful nature trails and beach walks around Nevis, which will introduce you to the tropical flora and fauna on the island as well as some of the most beautiful scenery in the Caribbean. Walking will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in Nevis as you will stumble across many hidden gems on the way.
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