You could travel all over the world, to far flung destinations, get off the beaten track, and still not find a place that just says “stay”. Maybe you wonder whether those idyllic scenes in the movies are just fiction, or a facade. Surely, somewhere, the dream exists – a place that is so beautiful, unspoiled, friendly and somewhat secluded yet is just a “stone throw” away. Could there be a place where the flora and fauna are part of the lifestyle and where you will simply never see a traffic signal, interchange or high-rise?
There’s such place, with the most natural high-rise there is – a rainforest covered volcanic mountain that has a veil of delicate mist shrouding its peak, a place where green vervet monkeys scamper across the paths and time has no hold. Nestled in the center of the Caribbean Sea and forming part of the Leeward Island chains of the West Indies is the ensconced island of Nevis, the exclusive sister of two islands that comprise the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Nevis is a 36 square mile unspoiled paragon with a meandering trail that wraps around the island for the perfect joyride. Travel up a beaten path and find yourself within a tropical rainforest listening to secret messages of humming. Hang out with the locals at the Beach Bar and get a sense of authentic island living or listen to sweet rhythmic sounds of Caribbean music. Hike, swim, boat or wander, for the weather predicts year round sunshine with a cool northeastern island breeze.
Nevis, truly an unspoiled Caribbean island with no hustle and bustle of city life, only breathtaking scenery panning in every direction. On the tip of the Eastern side of the island wet pebbles line the beach and sparkle in the sunset and upward is a rainforest of tropical plants like bougainvillea, poinciana, Nevis’ national flower, a symphony of wild plants and mangroves that cascades to the mountains foot. To the north and south you hear the lullaby of the ocean and in that moment you almost taste the ocean air. Yet sitting directly above the charming village of Cotton Ground on the western slopes is Nevisian Sunset. A luxurious community encompassing 4.64 acres on the Colquhoun Estates that has been exquisitely planned to feed into the island’s natural topography.
This community embraces the outdoor living of the Caribbean with rich vegetation forming its foothills, the Caribbean Sea at its skirt and breath taking views at its neighboring island- St Kitts. It’s a place where all are welcomed so accept the ever-open invitation from the stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent message, “visit us in Nevis”.
When Christopher Columbus explored the islands in 1493, they were inhabited by the Carib people. Today, most of the inhabitants are the descendants of African slaves. The British settled on St. Kitts—formerly St. Christopher—in 1623, and on Nevis in 1628.St. Kitts, the larger of the two islands, is roughly oval in shape except for a long, narrow peninsula to the southeast. Its highest point is Mount Liamuiga which stands at 3,792 ft. The Narrows, a 2-mile wide channel, separates the two islands. The circularly shaped Nevis is surrounded by coral reefs and the island is almost entirely a single mountain, Nevis Peak which stands at 3,232 ft. A volcanic mountain chain dominates the center of both islands.
If you are searching for jewel-blue beaches, the most natural high-rise and tropical rainforests this twin-island nation of St Kitts and Nevis is what you seek. It is everything travelers have come to hope for from the Caribbean, except, that is, for the crowds there are more monkeys on this island than people. This country has managed to remain an unspoiled paragaon, etching a niche as an alternative destination for those looking to avoid more mainstream Caribbean islands.