Port of Nevis
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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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Where You're Docked
You'll be anchored in Charlestown Harbor and tendered in to Charlestown.
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.
English is the language of Nevis.
"Killer Bee" -- a drink consisting of rum and other "secret" ingredients -- best known at Sunshine's Bar on Pinney's Beach