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If you’ve never heard of the beautiful Island of Nevis, let me assure you it’s time to change that. We recently went on a family vacation there (my kids: ages 10 and 7, my cousin’s kids: ages 8 and 3). From our travels, I created this Nevis Travel Guide!
Nevis is the smaller of the two islands comprising the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean. It’s known for sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and beautiful jungles. Its vibe is easy going, relaxed, and the Nevisian people are friendly and kind. The island is underdeveloped with no street lights and while driving around, you’ll pass donkeys, herds of goats, and sheep along the road. It’s the perfect getaway for those who love raw nature and a relaxed way of life.
Let’s First Talk About Getting There:
It’s a bit of a mission, depending on where you are coming from, to get to and from Nevis. For us (coming from Dallas) this is what our adventure looked like:
Phase 1: Flight from DFW to Miami (about 3 hours)
Phase 2: Flight from Miami to St. Kitts (about 3 hours)
Phase 3: Taxi Cab from St. Kitts Hotel to the ferry (15-20 Minutes)
Phase 4: Ferry ride from St. Kitts to Nevis Island (15-20 Minutes)
So yeah, it’s a bit of a mission, but totally worth all the fuss, in my opinion. Most of the hotels will help coordinate your taxi from the airport to the ferry and then the ferry to the island so it all went very seamlessly for us. The ferry ride is short and sweet and you feel like you are truly in an episode of White Lotus — minus all the crazy stuff that happens later in the series, haha!
Moving on, let’s talk about once you get there and all of the fun you can have. Here are the places that we enjoyed while in Nevis and some that we weren’t able to make it to, but came highly recommended. Thank you all (via Instagram) who shared your favorite spots with me, we had the most wonderful trip and I always appreciate you sharing your intel with both me and this community!
If I missed any of your favorites please write in the comments below so others can see where you love to eat, things you love to do, and where you love to stay on Nevis so we can grow this Nevis Travel Guide.
Where to Eat:
Sunshine’s– Easy walk down the beach from the Four Seasons. Known for their drink the “Killer Bee” and Lobster! A must for lunch.
Lime Beach Bar- Another easy walk down the beach from the Four Seasons for casual lunch and drinks. Next to Sunshine’s.
Montpelier Plantation Inn Restaurant– Great for a nicer dinner out, really cool property. Ask to reserve a table in The Mill for a romantic, candlelit dinner!
Indian Summer- Roadside spot with great Indian food
Yachtsman Grill– Casual dinner or lunch spot, best for pizza. Great to take a rowdy group of kids as they can run around on the beach during dinner.
Drift– Loved this spot! Great food, and beautiful views for dinner! Be sure to go for sunset!
Luna– Same owners as Drift! Serves tapas and more. Lovely for dinner.
Banana’s – Super cool restaurant inside the jungle. Great drinks and people! Go for sunset drinks on the rooftop, then for dinner after!
Golden Rock Inn– MUST do! My Nevis Travel Guide would not be complete without this. This was my personal favorite dinner spot. The property here is stunning and you must go for lunch or dinner!
Paradise Beach Nevis– Can also walk here from the Four Seasons (or a very quick cab ride). A beautiful beachfront property and a great spot for a fun lunch.
Mango– The Four Season’s property has a handful of places to dine, but I will be honest, they weren’t my favorite, I preferred to get off the property and dine at some of the more unique restaurants around the island; however, Mango was a good one!
On The Dune- Another Four Seasons establishment. Out of all of the Four Seasons restaurants, this one was my favorite.
THINGS TO DO:
-SPA at Four Seasons- Amazing treatments here! Most services incorporate organic, locally-sourced botanicals and ingredients. I had an amazing deep tissue massage here.
-Golf at the Four Seasons- if you are a golfer, or have a golfer in your life, this Golf course is stunning. A definite must for golf lovers.
-Rent a Catamaran and go snorkeling- we rented a private charter with Leeward Island Charters and it was by far my favorite adventure!
-Go to the Botanical Gardens
-If you are staying at the Four Seasons, ask the Hotel Attendant to give a Golf Cart Monkey Tour!
-The bike around the island is 26 miles, we did not do this but word on the street is that it is uphill and difficult
-Tour of the Island: our taxi driver offered this, it is a great way to see the island and the old sugar plantations. Note that Nevis has a rich history, and In 1968, Nevis became a British colonial holding, valued for its very rich production of sugar. The whole island other than the steep slopes of Nevis Peak turned to sugar plantations and Remnants of sugar and cotton plantations that exploited slave labor until the late 1830s are throughout Nevis. As you travel through the island, you’ll see that some of these are now hotels, Inns, or restaurants– a complicated reality on this tiny island.
-Alexander Hamilton Museum- Alexander Hamilton was born in Nevis and lived there until the age of 9. His story is detailed at the Museum of Nevis History.
Where to Stay:
Four Seasons– this is where we stayed during our stay! There is *a lot* to do here and its location is great for other festivities on the island. Between golf, pickle ball, beautiful beaches, multiple restaurants, a great kids club, multiple pools, and a fabulous spa– you really cannot go wrong with staying here.
Golden Rock Inn– we went to dinner here one night and the property was absolutely breathtaking!
Paradise Beach Nevis– a luxorious and secudled collection of 13 private villas/beach houses.
Other Random Notes:
Taxi Cab Driver: There are so many amazing Taxi Cab drivers on the island that will quickly become your go-to source for exploring the island, getting to and from restaurants, and learning more about the History of the Island. We had a driver named Curvis, and he was wonderful. Ask your hotel for him– it’s a small island and I guarantee they can connect you with him.
Duty Free Alcohol at Airport or at first stop in St. Kitts when you’re waiting for a boat to pick up. A great way to stock up before heading to the hotel.
Again, if I left off any of your favorite restaurants, hotels, tips, or tricks in this Nevis Travel Guide, please share in the comments below for others to see! Thank you!