Nevis Island of St. Kitts & Nevis ( KN ) - Travel Guide

Charlestown welcomes travelers as the charming capital city of Nevis. This lovely little town, with a population of just 1,500, makes a wonderful holiday destination with its colonial history, fascinating museums and, of course, wonderful beaches.

While many visitors only quickly peruse Nevis during a day trip from neighboring St. Kitts, base yourself in Charlestown and discover all this quaint town and lush island has to offer. Beautiful Victorian era buildings line the streets of Charlestown and invite travelers to explore the city‘s history. During much of the 1800‘s, earthquakes plagued Nevis and repeatedly destroyed much of the island‘s architecture; this resulted in houses and government buildings constructed with sturdy stone ground floors and wooden upper floors. Many of these buildings still stand today and lend the island‘s architecture a distinct and varied appearance. While wandering the city‘s streets, peer into the Bath House, built in 1778, and the first hotel established in the Caribbean. Named for the mineral springs that still bubble near the site, the restored building now houses government offices.

Don‘t miss the Alexander Hamilton House, the birthplace of one of the United States Founding Fathers and the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Built in 1680 and destroyed by an earthquake in 1840, a reproduction of the home now sits on the original site and serves as a museum devoted to Hamilton‘s life. Another fascinating museum, The Horatio Nelson Museum, presents relics from Lord Nelson‘s voyages in the Caribbean and features historical artifacts from Nevis.

After taking in Charlestown‘s intriguing history, stroll out to Pinney‘s Beach, just a fifteen minute walk North of the city. Jump in the water for a swim or admire the lovely views of nearby St. Kitts. To see the island from another perspective, head North of Pinney‘s Beach to Oualie Beach where intrepid travelers rent bicycles and peddle the island‘s mountainous roads. Or plunge into the ocean and hit the reefs for a day of scuba diving or snorkeling. Finally, those looking to dive into nature and elevate their heart rate should hike to the top of Nevis peak, the highest point on Nevis at 3,182 feet (969 meters).

The abundance of history, Victorian architecture and tranquil beaches enchant visitors to Charlestown and remind all those who explore the island that good things really do come in small packages.

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