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Cruises to Nevis

Nevis (Photo:EQRoy/Shutterstock)

About Nevis

Nevis is often lumped together with nearby St. Kitts and there are reasons, historic and contemporary, for that. Eons ago, the islands -- both discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 -- were actually part of the same landmass (they're now severed by a most miniscule two-mile-wide channel). Both were long part of the English empire; they achieved a level of independence in 1967 by becoming an associated state of Great Britain. They cut the cord pretty much entirely in 1983. Today, they share a government.



And it's true that both are dominated by sky-high mountains -- St. Kitts' Mt. Misery, at 3,750 ft., is higher than Nevis' Nevis Peak, at 3,232 ft., which means that the isles have their lush and green areas, frequently snagged by clouds.



Otherwise, you could say that as twins, St. Kitts and Nevis are far more fraternal than identical. The former is far more a bustling, touristic place (it's got the major airport and the deep water cruise ship harbor, complete with swanky new cruise terminal/shopping center); Nevis' appeal is in quieter pleasures.



Charlestown, its main city, is charming with its still-standing Victorian-style cottages and a general aura of peace, even downtown, that hovers over the place like a golden cloud. The fact that the Four Seasons developers -- picky as they are -- found an appeal in Nevis is significant in that it reinforces the fact that the island is naturally beautiful and that its people are quite welcoming.



And, as the Four Seasons folks undoubtedly figured out, fabulous beaches give Nevis at least one edge over its bigger sister isle. We found much to like in this sweet place that's relatively untouched by mass tourism, and plan to return for a longer stay.

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Azamara Onward
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12 Night
Southern Caribbean VoyageDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jan 5, 2023
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Silver Whisper

41 Night
Expedition CruiseDetails

Leaving:Quebec City
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Oct 22, 2022
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Seabourn Ovation
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14 Night
Caribbean Gems In DepthDetails

Leaving:St. Maarten
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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14 Night
Exotic Caribbean In DepthDetails

Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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Caribbean New YearDetails

Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Dec 27, 2022
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Caribbean HolidaysDetails

Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Dec 17, 2022
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Classic Caribbean Yacht HarborsDetails

Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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New Year's Yacht HarborsDetails

Leaving:Barbados
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Dec 27, 2022
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Why go to Nevis?

Pros:

This laid-back Caribbean destination offers tranquil beach days and plenty of natural beauty

Cons:

There isn't as much to do on Nevis compared to more developed Caribbean islands

Bottom Line:

Nevis is a quieter, less traveled alternative to its neighbor, St. Kitts

Getting Around?

On Foot: Charlestown is compact and easily walkable. For any locale beyond the town center, your best bet is to take a taxi.



By Taxi: Most cabs are minibus style and will pick up and drop off numerous folks. They line up at Main Street.



By Bus: Privately owned mini-buses, the island's version of public transportation, run around the island during the day on the main road. They have names like "Dem Say," "No Problem," and "Zion Train." To catch a bus, stand on the side of the road in the direction you are going and flag one down. Fares run between $1 and $3 EC.



By Car: Nevis is so small (eight by six miles) that renting a car isn't really necessary for a day visit but you certainly can. However, to rent a car or scooter, it's necessary to obtain a driver's license from any of the island police departments (Charlestown, Newcastle, Cotton Ground or Gingerland). Cost is $20 US for a three-month license. A valid driver's license from home is needed as well. Why bother for just the day? But if you must, Thrifty has an outpost on the waterfront.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Nevis operates on the Eastern Caribbean Dollar; $1 ECD is worth about 36 cents U.S., but you'll want to check xe.com for the latest exchange rates. Many shops and restaurants take American cash (or euros) but you may receive change in EC.

Language?

English is the language of Nevis.

Where You're Docked?

You'll be anchored in Charlestown Harbor and tendered in to Charlestown.


Nevis Cruise Reviews
Nice walk and saw lots of pelicans diving into the seaRead More
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romsey chechy
Was here in mid 1990's. So happy to see not much has changed, truly a rest and relaxation port.Read More
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fastidious1
Took taxi to Botical Gardens, which are large and with the main house offering a true Thai dining experience. Had lunch on open veranda of the house and the view is very nice. Beach is not really that great.Read More
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MobyandDick
did an all day sailing which included snorkeling, lunch and impromptu onboard dancing & music. Food was great, drinks were plentiful (a little too much so for some guests who got rather tipsy) and the staff was superRead More
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