It only takes one hour to drive around Nevis, if you don't stop and the goats don't get in the way. However, if you really want to explore, you can spend weeks.
Touring the island means stopping for a chat with locals. calling in at rum shops, looking at gardens and having long lingering lunches looking out to sea. You can rent a vehicle and head out on your own. Or, if you would like the benefit of a little local knowledge our taxi drivers will be happy to share the island with you.
Hiking and Nature Trails
There are terrific hikes to do on Nevis: Heritage Trail – a long stroll which takes you around the island, The Source – a moderate hike up one of the hills to the water sources, The Mountain – a strenuous climb to the top of Mount Nevis, The Waterfalls – a moderate to heavy hike to a series of waterfalls and Saddle Hill, an easy climb to a ruined fort.
Being volcanic means height, wet and good soil. Nevis is largely covered by rainforest with some grasslands on the windward side. There are various walks through dense rain forest and guides who know about the flora and fauna can be booked.
Architectural and Historical Tours
The buildings of Nevis date back to the 17th century. Charlestown is a an unspoiled stone and wood town with architectural treasures and that have been restored and some still waiting for restoration. Dotted around the island are small and exquisite stone churches and the remain of forts and plantations. Places associated with both Horatio Nelson and Alexander Hamilton are still here as an old Jewish cemetery. Knowledgeable tour guides can be booked by Cadiler Stanley in The Hermitage office. Tours usually last between two to four hours.
Market Day and Charlestown
Tuesday is the busiest day, when the boat comes in from down island and the farmers come down from the mountain to trade their roots and fruits. It is a colourful day and the local market is flooded with the earthy smells of fresh ground provisions like dasheen and sweet potatoes and fragrant with the sharp scent of fresh ginger and turmeric and other local spices. Pine-apples, oranges, bananas and plantains pile high before the market ladies who will try to get you to sample the fresh fruit.
Driving on the island is quite easy, and probably the best way to explore. Just remember to stay left and know that you will need to share the road with donkeys, monkeys and goats. Car rentals can easily be arranged at the Hermitage. A vehicle will be delivered directly to the hotel for you. You just need a valid license and a credit card.
Fishing and Sailing
Kayaking and Cycling
If you don’t mind hills and rough roads there are road and mountain bikes available at Cycle World at Oualie Beach. Oualie Beach is also the centre for other watersports. Bookings can be arranged with Cadiler Stanley in The Hermitage office.
The Robert Trent Jones 18 hole golf course at The Four Seasons is available to everyone. Greens fees are high.
Riding in groups or singly can be arranged by Cadiler Stanley in The Hermitage office. English and Western saddles are available.
Gyms and Spas
There is no reason to let go of your gym or yoga routine. There are many well-equipped gyms and a few excellent yoga instructors on island. There are also excellent spas that offer the best manicures, pedicures, facials and massages.