Nevis shares many traits with its neighbor St. Kitts. Both Caribbean islands became independent from the British in the 1980s but even today, the culture and customs practiced on Nevis continue to be heavily influenced by the British. Nevis is separated from St Kitts by a tiny body of water called “The Narrows’ and is also distinguished by its large volcano, referred to as Nevis Peak. Nevis is also notable for being the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States.
Nevis is one of the Caribbean’s most frequented destinations today but it took several years before celebrities like billionaire philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, singer Nelly Furtado and Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones elevated it to its current status. Before it achieved popularity, Nevis shared St Kitts’ status as one of the top exporters of sugar cane, overshadowing its several beaches.
Nevis continues to remain popular for its various exports although it has largely transitioned from sugar cane to focus more on rum which is manufactured by the Brinley Gold Company as well as the people who live on Nevis. One of the most distinguishing features of this rum is the varied flavors which can range from fruit flavors like mango to coffee-flavored. Sugar cane may have taken a backseat to rum but it is still used heavily in order to produce a unique, native drink called Cane Spirits Rothschild.
The atmosphere of Nevis is significantly more laid back than that found on St. Kitts. Visitors to this island are usually people seeking to enjoy the several miles of Nevis beachfront and the Caribbean atmosphere instead of the rather large collection of entertainment and nightlife found in St Kitts. That’s not to say that more people choose to frequent St Kitts. Staying in Nevis does not mean you won’t get an equal feel for the Nevis culture and lifestyle.
Speaking of culture and lifestyle, one of the best ways to experience it is to visit during Nevis’ Culturama festival which focuses on preserving Nevis history and long held traditions through musical and artistic expression. The event also features competitive boat races and a native swimsuit contest. Nevis also participates in Carnival, a large scale Caribbean festival held on the majority of the islands in the region which also involves lots of music, parades, ethnic food, colorful and highly detailed costumes and a general appreciation of the Caribbean culture.
Just south of the popular Caribbean island of St. Kitts lies lesser known Nevis. St. Kitts receives the lion's share of tourism while Nevis remains relatively isolated. Nevis' mountainous terrain, relative isolation and clear blue waters had made it a favorite among those seeking tranquil Caribbean real estate. Being that it’s less populated Nevis' beaches, coral reefs and foliage are all nearly untouched by human development and stand as a uniquely pure, natural setting.
Nevis has oceanfront Caribbean mansions with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, wraparound terraces, pools and large patios. This sunny Caribbean island is popular for its small communities of beautiful oceanfront homes. One coastal community can have as little as five waterfront homes creating an extremely exclusive and private Caribbean experience for residents.
Though St. Kitts receives greater acclaim for its resorts, Nevis is not an island to be ignored in terms of resorts and hotels. One of the most prolific international hotel-resort franchises, Four Seasons, has a resort in Nevis with incredible amenities like four restaurants, two bars, three pools, golf course, ten tennis courts, Jacuzzi, sauna and spa. Other beach club resort and hotels are located on the coast and offer amenities and features that further enhance the relaxation of the Caribbean lifestyle.
Whether you're investing in Nevis real estate or renting private Nevis property this Caribbean island has universal appeal for its classic Caribbean peace and tranquility. If you're looking for privacy, peace and quiet Nevis real estate is the ideal property to invest in.
Four Seasons Resort Nevis
Montpelier Plantation Inn
Golden Rock Hotel
Mount Nevis Hotel & Beach Club
Nevis’ primary currency is the East Caribbean dollar (XCD).
Calling Code: (869)
Top Level Domain: (.kn)
Cable providers: East Caribbean Fiber Optic cable
Nevis is a parliamentary democracy with a constitution and three branches of government (Judicial, Legislative and Executive). The executive branch is headed by the Governor General and the English Monarchy.
Valid Travel Documents: Required upon exit and entry
Government Issued Photo ID: Required
Nevis has a tropical temperature which rarely fluctuates due to the constant trade winds coming from the northeast. Between May and November the weather does tend to get a little hotter and is also considered Nevis’ rainy season.
Tips when you get there:
From outside the Caribbean, flying from the U.S. is currently the only option available to get to St. Kitts via aircraft. Nevis does not have an airport so you'll have to use the ferry or use a personal watercraft to get to your final destination. Upon arrival, renting a car is the best option for getting around since Nevis does not have a lot of taxis or a well developed urban area to support mass transit. Prop planes fly daily between Nevis and St Kitts, another method of getting around quickly.
What to do
Nevis is a very relaxed and laid back place to visit. There's a lot of privacy and space between residents and the rest of the visitors on the island. Nevis has tranquil settings with much more foliage than buildings. The quiet and serene ambiance of Nevis produces uniquely private Caribbean experiences.
If residents want to take a break from laying out on the private beaches or just want to lounge by their pools they can visit Nevis' renowned Botanical Garden. This garden displays rare and exotic plant life like tropical greenery, a rainforest conservatory and flower gardens. There's also the Museum of Nevis History that displays wonderful images and artifacts of arguably the most famous Nevisian, Alexander Hamilton.