Nevis Places and Scenery
Duration: Half Day
The beautiful twin islands of St Kitts and Nevis are blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Caribbean. This unforgettable tour will introduce you to some of Nevis’ highlights as we explore secluded beaches, former sugar plantations and historic colonial ruins, whilst taking in the breathtaking vistas of the island’s natural landscapes on the way.
Departing from Charlestown, the capital of Nevis, we soon pass one of the island's premier resorts, the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Nevis, before the picturesque St. Thomas Church comes into view on the left. Perched high on a hill overlooking St. Kitts, this is the oldest Anglican Church on Nevis, built in 1643. We continue onwards past the beautiful Nisbet Plantation Beach Hotel. Built around the Great House and a white sandy, palm-fringed beach, this is one of the most luxurious hotels on the island. We then make our way along Nevis’ scenic west coast, where you will see many beautiful beaches such as the deserted Pinney's Beach, Cades Bay and Oualie Beach, which is popular for watersports. Further along we come to the ruins of Cottle Church, hidden in the woods off the main road. This charming, tiny Anglican Church was built in 1824 by Thomas Cottle, a former planter and president of Nevis, to enable his family and slaves to worship together.
As we continue around the island, the views of the coastline are spectacular. Pristine sandy beaches and sparkling ocean dominate the landscape, whilst the neighbouring islands of Antigua and Montserrat can be seen on clear days. This road eventually takes us way from the coast and up high into the lush green hills, leading us past the ruins of New River and Coconut Walk Estates. These former plantations still contain interesting relics from the past, including a huge windmill tower, factory building ruins, ancient chimneys and an old lime kiln that is still used today. This will give you a fascinating insight into plantation life during colonial times. The scenery is beautiful around here as we near tropical rainforest and the base of Nevis Mountain. Golden Rock Plantation Inn is a great starting point for visitors who want to enjoy nature trails and hikes to the peak. An abundance of wildlife can be spotted in the area, including the island's green vervet monkeys at the edge of the rainforest.
We drive onwards through Gingerland, one of the largest and prettiest villages on the island, before reaching several other plantation inns, the first being Old Manor Hotel. Built on an old sugar estate, the ruins of the sugar factory have remained wonderfully intact. The next stop is Hermitage Plantation Inn, a charming boutique hotel and one of the oldest wooden houses in the Caribbean. We soon see signs directing us to the grand, English-style Montpelier Plantation Inn, which is set in a sixty-acre estate high in the hills of Nevis.
Last but not least, a visit to the Botanical Garden of Nevis is a must. Marvel at the vibrant colours and incredible variety of tropical plants as you leisurely stroll through one of the most beautiful gardens in the Caribbean, passing through the Orchid Terrace, Tropical Vine Garden and Rainforest Conservatory along the way. This wonderfully diverse tour will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in Nevis.
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In a joint partnership with British Airways, St Kitts has branded ten London taxis with images of the St Kitts' Scenic Railway, and put them on the streets of London. The campaign will run for 12 months and will promote the Caribbean nation to Londoners going about their daily lives. Promotional initiatives will take place throughout the year including social media activities and competitions.
Following the success of this year's festival, St Kitts and Nevis in the eastern Caribbean has announced that it will host the second Nevis Blues Festival next 14-16th April 2016, showcasing the best blues talent from around the world in the idyllic setting of Nevis' Oualie Bay beach.
The St Kitts Tourism Authority has announced that the annual St. Kitts Music Festival will take place from 25th to 27th June, 2015. This year's event will feature live music from RandB, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, rock, calypso, gospel and contemporary music artists, and previous headliners have included John Legend, Lionel Richie, and Shaggy.