The idyllic island of Nevis is a world apart from the usual Caribbean resort hotspots. It’s small enough that you can drive its ring road in an hour or so, yet so packed with beautiful scenery and friendly locals that you’ll have no reason to rush. That makes it the ideal spot for a long weekend getaway—three days to lose the watch, turn off the phone and just lime.
To understand the Nevis vibe it helps to start in the capital city, Charlestown. This is the urban center, but you won’t find much bustling. The locals live life at an easy pace, taking the time to
stop and greet one another as they make their way. Take a slow stroll along the waterfront to the ferry ticket booth and pick up a map of the Nevis Heritage Trail, then follow the south road to
explore the historic garrison of Fort Charles. After a morning of walking around, take your tired muscles to the historic Bath Hotel, where a bathing pool filled with healing mineral waters from the volcanically heated Bath Stream provides a relaxing afternoon soak.
Meet up in the morning with a local guide to explore the islands trails in the dawn light. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can attempt the challenging trek up Nevis Peak, or for something low key, start at the Golden Rock Plantation and explore the lush forests while your guide points out monkeys in the trees and local medicinal plants. Spend the afternoon on the north end, sunbathing and sipping rum drinks from the beach bar of Oualie Beach Resort until the sun goes down over nearby St Kitts.
After a leisurely breakfast of fresh local fruits, grab a kayak and some snorkeling gear and set off along the pristine southern shore. As you glide through clear blue Caribbean waters and past picturesque sea cliffs, you can stop to stick your toes in volcanic vents. Paddle ashore at a remote beach to take the plunge on fish-filled coral reefs. Cap off your three-day escape with a private tasting dinner inside a 300-year-old sugar mill at Montpelier Estate’s Mill Privée, where the chef uses locally sourced ingredients to create a delightful blend of French and Caribbean cuisines.