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Historical Churches in Nevis.

St. Thomas’s Anglican Church.

This church was reputed to be the first church built in the Caribbean and the oldest church in the Caribbean. It was built in 1643. This church was built to serve the town of Jamestown, the island’s original capital that disappeared due to a tidal wave. The church is perched high on a hill overlooking St. Kitts. There is also a vault that holds the remains of John Huggins (1763 – 1821), the founder of Bath Hotel.

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Cottle Church

Cottle Church was built by John Cottle who was once the President of Nevis and a planter in 1824. This was the only church where slaves and master worshiped together. A very lenient slave owner, Cottle created this Anglican Church, which was never consecrated, since it was illegal at time for slaves to worship. The structure was severely damaged in a 1974 earthquake and again in 1989 during Hurricane Hugo. Cottle Church is still a primary tourist attraction and is presently undergoing restoration to stabilize and to ensure its historical significance for the future.

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St. Paul’s Anglican Church  

This parish church was built about 1830 in a typical cruciform plan with gabled roof. The stain glass windows are in memory of Rev. Daniel Gatward Davies, priest from 1812 to 1825, who converted slaves before the emancipation. Next to the church is another stone building, which was the parish school. Inside the walled yard are graves dating to 1669.

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St. John’s Fig Tree Church

The delightful stone church dates back to the 1680’s and is known because the historic marriage record of Lord Horatio Nelson and Frances Nisbet is preserved there. In 1886, the register obtained international attention at the Colonial Indian Exhibition in London.  It reads as a follows: “1787 March 11th. Horatio Nelson, Esquire, Captain of His Majesty’s ship Boreas, to Francis Herbert Nisbet, Widow”.

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St. James Windward Church

Built in the late 17th century in the north part of the island, this church is one of the three Anglican Churches in the Caribbean to display a black crucifix. Its earliest grave marker dates to 1679. The church has been renovated several times since it was constructed, but the grave markers within the church have always been carefully preserved.

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St. George’s Anglican Church

This church was built in the year 1670 and has undergone reconstruction several times due to earthquake damage. This quaint little church rests amongst the backdrop of the towering Nevis Peak and is adorned with a bright red roof. The rural setting makes for wonderful photographs of this religious building which is still in use today.

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Gingerland Methodist Church

Built in 1844 and is well known for its unique octagonal shape. Constructed from grey-hued stones the massive structure still holds services for its congregation. One of the first things you’ll notice is the tower’s interesting open framework. The stone walls protect the grounds and the wooden shutters provide needed protection to its windows from possible hurricane and tropical winds.

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Charlestown Methodist Church

A massive stone structure constructed around the year 1844 in the historic town and capital of Charlestown, Nevis. It is one of the largest churches on Nevis and was built by the Methodist who arrived in the 1800’s. The Methodists believed that the African slaves, who had been brought to the islands to work the sugar plantations, should be educated in religion and the English language. The church still holds services for its congregation today. The pulpit is raised on a wooden platform making it easier for viewing and around the in interior of the church is a balcony which helps to provide plenty of seating.

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Really Cool Changes!

Hello there!

We’ve made some really cool changes to the Experience St. Kitts and Nevis App, here’s a little run down of what has changed and what to expect.

So first off, you’ll notice that the interface is a little different. Everything is pretty much straight forward so there is not much to figure out. We’ve also added new tabs like hotels, real estate, what to do etc. So you’ll have little to worry about when seeking accommodation as a tourist or for a stay-cation if you are a local. Also, you’ll definitely not have to worry about figuring out what to do. If you are lost (we do hope this never happens to you) or simply can’t really find your way….have no fear, you’ll be directed right to your destination! Isn’t that so cool?! It connects directly to google maps and VOILA!!!!….you’re there!

This app has so much to offer…from time to time our partners will be offering deals and you’ll get a heads up on upcoming events and happenings. That is definitely not something you would like to miss out on! But don’t let me just tell you, see for yourself. 🙂

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Nevis’ Major Inhabitant – The Vervet Monkey

36 square miles of friendliness and densely populated with more monkeys than people. We are one of the very few Caribbean islands with a large population of African Green Vervet Monkeys. Green Vervet monkeys were first brought here as pets in the 17th or 18th centuries. Some escaped or were set free, and they managed to establish themselves very well in the wild. Some would agree or disagree that they have become quite a nuisance to residents of this little island paradise.

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Frequently one may glimpse monkeys almost anywhere on Nevis. A great example is on the Four Seasons Golf Course; you are often joined by green vervet monkeys and they seldom recommend the right club for you shot. Although the monkeys generally prefer to stay away from people, they seek high interest in gardens, farms, and fruit trees of every kind. Actually the monkeys are a major problem for anyone on the island (farmer or householder) who is trying to grow fruit or vegetables.

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For those who may enjoy the sighting of monkeys the most reliable area on Nevis for visitors to see monkeys is in the grounds of Golden Rock Hotel, especially in or near the mango and citrus trees, either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Hopefully one may be lucky enough to come across a troop in a quiet place. You will be amazed to see their highly organized social structure, and if you are close enough, you will hear a wide range of quiet vocalizations as they communicate with one another. They can also be spotted at the beach or in ghauts enjoying either the secrecy or the fresh water.

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It’s rumoured that residents who view the monkeys as nuisance often end up making a meal out of them! Monkey stew? We haven’t tried it as yet but some residents swear it is a delicacy. On your next visit to Nevis will you try it?

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Monkey See, Monkey Do. Monkey Get in Trouble Too! Monkey See, Monkey Do. Monkey get cook up in a stew!

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Island Life

Living on an island is a fantasy of many. Although most prefer to live the fast life here are few reasons why island living should become a reality. Island life has a pace that encourages you to stop and appreciate all the natural beauty around you. An unspoilt presence of relaxation, blue skies, clean air and long beaches. On the island you are surrounded by wild life; herds of goats and roaming cows. One may even come across families of mongoose or a few black bellied sheep.

Tranquillity is a guarantee 

St Kitts and Nevis is a perfect getaway to recharge your batteries. You may take a hike in our mountains to the rain forest or stop by the waterfalls. How about a stroll or well needed dip in our shallow and clean waters? With so many different activities to choose from, you won’t lack the comfort you desire.

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Unique 

Here it is warm but never too hot; a romantic destination and perfect spot for families. St. Kitts and Nevis can be whatever you want it to be. Fun filled activities, a step back from the hassle and bustle of the modern life. Here is an escape from the winter season and a taste of summer time all year around. Unspoilt, unpretentious, unforgettable, St. Kitts and Nevis is inspiringly different from other destinations.

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Island People

There are no strangers on either islands; just genuine people who are pleased to meet you. Everywhere you go you’ll receive a friendly greeting, a bright small and you are sure to leave with a friend or two. Light summer clothing may be worn all year, cool like summer breeze. That is exactly how the people are, just like the weather, cool and easy going as if they have no care.

Charming

Fantasy can be a reality, island life is a slice of paradise. St Kitts Nevis has a charm of its own. The quiet villages, unspoilt beaches and the various accommodations all combined add flavour to its unique appeal.

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St. Kitts and Nevis is one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean, we attract a particular type of visitor who appreciates something different, a finer quality of life. A warm welcome awaits you!

 

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The National Flag of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Our flag symbolizes the unity of our federation, it represents the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis without distinction of race, language, opinion or belief.

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When Anguilla segregated from St Kitts and Nevis, a competition was held in the 1980’s to choose a new flag. Out of 258 entries Edris Lewis was able to capture best design. The flag was hoisted for the very first time on September 19, 1983 which was the day St Kitts and Nevis became independent.

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The flag is quite unique as the colours and symbols carry our cultural, political and regional beliefs. The Green represents fertile land, the Red evokes the fight for freedom against slavery and colonialism, Yellow represents our year round sunshine and Black our African heritage. Diagonally on the Black stands two White stars which symbolize hope and liberty.

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While we are on the Flag topic…did you know Nevis has a Flag of its own? It came about when Nevisians wanted to segregate from the sister island St. Kitts. However we are one federation and we share one flag.

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As we continue to raise our flag we proudly chant Fly in the sky let the whole world know Kittitians and Nevisians reside here!

 

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The National Bird (Brown Pelican)

Pelecanus Occidentalis, Brown Pelican or as we locals say the “booby” is the national bird of our twin island paradise. It is usually spotted on our coastlines as this bird is a lover of water. When young, it is brown on the head, neck and upper torso of the body, while white below. As it matures, the body becomes dark brown while the head turns white. Boobies are usually spotted in small flocks while feeding. They nest in colonies along the coast in low trees and bushes. This bird is an elegant bird with an oversized bill, sinuous neck, and big, dark body. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up.

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See this interesting clip below showing how the Brown Pelican feeds.

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Why Celebrities Love Nevis!

Where is Nevis? That is the most popular question asked by many. Although it is not quite “on the radar” it is a place where the rich and famous seem to enjoy visiting. Nevis is lush and beautiful; here we provide you with guaranteed privacy and the time of your life. It is also where you would meet the nicest set of people; from the servers at your dinner table to the carefree locals walking the streets of Charlestown.

Beach and Beach Bars

Nevis has a variety of beaches to choose from, a few secluded and isolated while others are friendly and common. There are endless curves and stretches of soft sand, warm ocean breeze and inviting waters. This explains why the late Princess Diana on her trips here was always spotted on a beach! The coastline is scattered with bars where you are able to enjoy refreshing drinks and or indulge in some Nevisian cuisine, right after dipping into the Caribbean sea. Pinney’s Beach is extremely popular as each celebrity make it a point of duty to stop by Sunshine’s for the world’s most famous killer bee and to also take a picture with him.

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Hard to Reach

Another reason why Nevis is preferred is because of the ease of access or the lack there of. Nevis is not a very easy place to reach as there are no straight flights from the US, UK or other developed countries to the island. Flights are usually connected through Antigua or Puerto Rico which may prove to be a little more expensive than visiting more popular tourist destinations. You may also travel to the sister isle St. Kitts and take a ferry over. For those with a private jet however, they will be able to land at the Vance W. Amory International Airport in no time and proceed straight to their villa or hotel. If you can’t already tell, the airport is nearly never crowded so celebrities will be able to slip in and out without virtually anybody knowing.

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Privacy and Seclusion

It’s the ultimate get a way for privacy, sun, sand and sea. There’s no harassment, no paparazzi and nobody being nosey. The rich and famous may comfortably walk through Charlestown with maybe just a few stares at most but that is all it will be.

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Real Island Life

Nevis is not commercialized, it reminds us and others of what Caribbean lifestyle once was. The infrastructure of our town has remained pretty much the same. Old buildings are refurbished and most of our homes are still built with the Caribbean charm that people form near and far have grown to love. Can one say we live where you vacation, island life at its best? It’s break from the hustle and bustle, a taste of sweet culture, delicious Caribbean cuisine and a place where everybody will know your name.

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Culture

Nevis is one of the most unspoilt and relaxing islands in the Caribbean. It offers a pace of life that encourages celebrities to stop and appreciate all the natural beauty there is to see. It’s a very special place famed for its charm and the easy-going genuineness of its people. The sports we play, the music we listen, our way of life, the way we speak, even our food is unique. The Nevisian culture is one of a kind, and reflects and easy going lifestyle.

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When thinking of seclusion Nevis tops the list. Nevis has something for everyone, privileges within an easy reach this land was made for you and me.

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Beaches in Nevis.

Nevis is known for its uncrowded scenic and beautiful coastlines. Most are so secluded, they are like best kept secrets! Note too that all the beaches on the island are free. It’s a perfect reminder of the island life as it used to be.

Gallows Bay

This bay is more popular by the fishermen, however it is both sandy and scenic.

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Indian Castle

Indian Castle Bay is a mixture of white and black sand. It’s an isolated beach, perfect for dog walking. If interested in taking a dip or any water activities it is advised not to do so alone.

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Paradise Beach

An ideal spot to relax with friends and swim in the inviting waters.

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Cades Bay

This is indeed tranquillity, soak up the sun or find a shady spot. After your dip be sure to get a bite to eat and a cool beverage to quench your thirst at Chrishi Beach.

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Photo credit: www.nevisisland.com

Oualie Beach

Oualie Beach on Nevis reflects the unspoiled beauty of this island, and resembles the Caribbean as it once was. Travelers who are fond of water activities such as snorkelling or scuba diving will definitely love Oualie Beach.

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Lover’s Beach

This is a perfect place for a picnic with that special someone or an afternoon swim. It is a secluded spot, where you are guaranteed a relaxing atmosphere and privacy.

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Newcastle Beach

This yellow sand beach is great for relaxing. From here you are able watch planes as they arrive and leave Nevis. Saturdays are great for visiting if you are interested in getting fresh seafood from the local fishermen.

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Nisbet Beach

Nisbet is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Its white sand and gentle ocean breeze makes it a popular place to spend a relaxing day.

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Photo credit: www.nevisisland.com

Herberts Beach

Herbert’s beach is naturally a magnet for snorkelers with its many reefs filled with marine life.

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Long Haul Bay

This is generally a quiet beach. It is ideal for snorkelling but not very popular because of its terrain. If you are looking for a relaxing stroll to the beach this is definitely the place to be.

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Pinney’s Beach

Pinney’s Beach is the most famous and popular beach on the island. Many choose to relax on the sand or visit one of the 4 beach bars for a cool refreshing drink or a bite to eat.

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Nevis lovely Nevis, land of trees and sun and clean fresh air. Nevis lovely Nevis is the land of people smiling night and day and peaceful to. You’re never sad when you come by here.

 

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Top Ten (10) Things to Do on the Island of St. Kitts

 

Excitement, adventure, flora, fauna and a whole lot of fun, St. Kitts is the island to experience each one. Whether it be sun, sand or sea we have activities to keep you busy in the small island Sugar city. There’s so much to do, but see below our top 10 things to do on the island.

 

Nightlife

St. Kitts is the opposite of Nevis, there is always a lime and always something going on. The strip at Frigate Bay is a popular spot for hanging out as bars are open every night of the week! Right across the island local bars are worth checking out as well; it’s a sure way to make some local friends. Sky Ultra Lounge is the newest hip spot to be in St. Kitts, you simply cannot leaving the island before partying here.

 

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Sights and Landmarks

St. Kitts is full of History, the capital itself was once a slave market. Tour Brimstone Hill, Bloody Point, The Black Rocks, Caribelle Batik factory, the beautiful architecture of our churches, ruins and many more places of significance to this rich historic island.

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Water sports Activities

We should all indulge in a little fun in the sun every once in a while. There are quite a variety of water activities offered randomly at the beaches or from actual water sports companies like Blue Water Safari’s. There is kite boarding, jet ski snorkel adventure, hover boarding, glass bottom kayaking, wake boarding, catamaran sails, and surfing to list a few.

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Zip Line/ATV Tours

Scream at the top of your lungs with the zip lining through the rain forest. This tour carries u high above the rain forest offering a panoramic view of the vegetation, neighbouring islands and historic sites as you fly across the sky. The ATV tours is just as exciting; it is a thrilling experience where you will be able to see sections of the island that most tourists may not get a  chance to see. The tour will take you deep into the rain forest, ensuring you get a chance to see beautiful ruins along the way. We won’t have to expound on how adventurous the ride itself is, we will leave you to figure that one out! You can definitely experience some of nature’s best kept secrets while exploring St Kitts on this Quad bike tour.

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Scenic Railway Tour

The St. Kitts Scenic Railway takes passengers on a 3-hour tour that makes a 30-mile circle around the beautiful Eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts. Eighteen (18) miles are covered by a narrow gauge train and the remaining twelve (12) miles on sightseeing buses. The railway was built between 1912 and 1926 to transport sugar cane from the island’s sugar plantations to the sugar factory in the capital city of Basseterre, today it is the “Last Railway in the West Indies” and provides visitors an unsurpassed opportunity to experience the scenery and culture of this unspoiled country.

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Reggae Beach Bar and Grill

This beach bar was awarded one of the top 45 beach bars in the world. Go there to experience the amazing food, the ambiance and make some little friends (monkeys) who will occasionally sneak up for a drink or two.

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Festivals

St. Kitts is very unique as it is the only Caribbean island that combines its Christmas season with carnival festivities. We recently celebrated the 44 year of Sugar mas; people came from near and far to revel like never before for Sugar Mass 44. We cannot forget the yearly Music Festival which takes place in June; international and local artists come here to showcase their talent. It is truly an experience like no other.

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Shopping

St. Kitts has a variety shops for souvenirs, clothing, apparel or just window shopping.  Ensure you check out the shops at Port Zante where you’ll be able to buy duty free. For local fruits, vegetables or craft, you may visit the public market or from vendors on the side of the road.

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Museums

Visit the National Museum and be educated by what once was; see the artefacts and memorabilia of Sugar city.

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Casinos & Gambling

How lucky are you? Test your luck at one of our casinos.

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A whirlwind of experience, a glimpse of paradise, (Nicha B voice) we can’t wait to have you here.

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Nicha B Represents St. Kitts and Nevis in Semi-Finals at International Soca Monarch Competition 2016

The International Soca Monarch Crown in Trinidad may just come to St. Kitts and Nevis as our National Soca Monarch Winner Nicha B has made it to the semi-finals!

 

 

If he progresses, Nicha B would make history as the first Kittitian to make the International Soca Monarch Finals, and create an even bigger uproar if he takes the title all together!

He will be performing in position #10 out of 59 semi-finalists at the International Soca Monarch 2016 Semi Finals Contest which will take place on Sunday January 17 at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

We are in full support of Nicha B and we definitely #CantWait to see him take home the title to the Federation!

 

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