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Nevis is a Caribbean delight, defying its small-island status with grand estates and lively beaches. Since it was first noticed by Columbus in 1493, its verdant landscapes have inspired nicknames like Dulcina ("Sweet Island"). Home to just a few thousand locals, Nevis’ natural landscape remains delightfully unspoiled.
Make your base in Charlestown, an urban cluster whose gorgeous Georgian houses reanimate its colonial past. Browse exhibits of colonial heritage at the Museum of Nevis History, housed in the former home of Alexander Hamilton, who helped draft the U.S. Constitution.
Just east of Charlestown, the Montpelier Estate abounds with palm-shaded Botanical Gardens. Delight in Mayan-style sculptures around its magnificent terraced house.
Cycle the 30-mile (48-kilometer) heritage trail, which encircles Nevis, to see the island's historic landmarks. Experience the royal aura of the Alexandra Hospital, photograph the stone structure of the Golden Rock Estate and admire the gray-stone Bath House, one of the Caribbean's oldest hotels. Stop for a drink at Nelson’s Spring, where British naval hero Horatio Nelson restocked his ships. Visit Cottle Church and glimpse the handiwork of its builder John Cottle, a former Nevisian president.
Nevis is a popular wedding destination, known for pretty churches like the blue-windowed St. Paul's Anglican Church near Jessup's Village.
At the Hermitage, a rustic timber estate, try horse riding or begin a hike to Nevis Peak. This 3,200-foot (980-meter) summit takes a few hours to climb and offers sweeping views of neighboring St. Kitts.
Sail a chartered yacht to Nevis' undeveloped western coast and photograph the pristine, white-sand beach of Eden Brown Bay. Bring snorkeling or diving gear and spot turtles gliding through the azure waters.
Fly into Nevis' international airport from many global capitals. Otherwise, travel from St. Kitts via the Sea Bridge Ferry which can transport your rental car.
Sunbathe or relax at the spa at Hamilton Beach. Afterward, enjoy a jerk chicken meal at Pinney’s Beach, followed by a night of rum and music at one of the many beach bars.