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Lime Beach Bar and Tours

Lime offers a relaxed vibe with great food, top notch service, friendly and inviting staff. From the cuisine, to the tours to their novelty gift shop and the ever so hip Friday night lime, this place is enjoyed by young, old and in between.

Lime Tours

Are you ready to explore? Be sure that Lime Beach Bar and Tours is your guide on experiencing the history and untold stories of Queen City; you will be greeted by a friendly guide who will tell you all you need to know and more. You would leave this tour with knowledge about our hotels, churches, ruins, museums, our capital Charlestown and the infamous Bath Hotel and hot springs. The tour is approximately three hours long and once completed you will be treated to a lunch at Lime Beach Bar included in the tour fee. An island tour plus lunch sure sounds good to me!

Photo credit: Randy Jeffers

Photo credit: Randy Jeffers

Lime for Lunch or Dinner

The food is great, the drinks are refreshing and the customer service is amazing. These three combined will definitely have you coming back for more. It may be a wrap, something off the grill or even something as simple as a salad. All are sure to rapture your taste buds. Be sure to try the signature rum punch, the “Green Flash.” After a visit you will leave feeling pleased with not only the food and the beverages but the excellent customer service, the ambiance and the view of the beach.

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Lime in the Coconut

Trendy souvenirs, beach-breezy clothing, hot swimwear and gorgeous accessories are all available at Lime in the coconut. Chic and unique are looks are offered here.

Photo credit: Randy Jeffers

Photo credit: Randy Jeffers

Lime Pizza Shack

Happiness is pizza! The pizza shack has an everlasting aroma of freshly cooked pizza dough, a favourite for the late night revellers. Hot and ready thin crust pizza carefully crafted with flavourful, superior-quality ingredients and toppings. It can be delivered straight to you or pick up and enjoyed with family and friends.

Photo credit: Randy Jeffers

Photo credit: Randy Jeffers

Like wine it gets better every week. Start your night at the Green Flash lounge there is an oh-so-brief instant of a green flash when the sun sets. (Maybe this is how the signature rum punch was named.) Make your way downstairs and sample the mouth-watering cuisine. Dance the night away to the live band and the tracks spun by the Dj’s till dawn. This is the hot spot for locals, college students and where few guest scurry to on a Friday night for a night filled with fun and a whole lotta rum. We are all better when we’re dancing…

Photo credit: Ryan Maynard

Photo credit: Ryan Maynard

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The Top Ten (10) Things to do on The Island of Nevis

Nevis boasts white sandy beaches, clean fresh air, sunny skies and friendly people. Life here is pretty laid back; there are no traffic lights, little commercialization and no one is a stranger after a few hours. Due to this special kind of life style, it is a hub for celebrities who fly in and out without virtually any one knowing. Don’t be fooled however that this laid back culture equals a boring island, there are tons of activities to engage your body, rich history to mediate the mind and beautiful beaches to captivate your soul. Here we list our top 10 things to do when you come to the island!

 

A Rum Punch from one of the Beach Bar’s on Pinney’s Beach

Have a sting from the killer bee offered at Sunshine’s, reputed to be the best rum punch on the island. The drink is known worldwide and celebrities and tourists alike travel from far and wide to sample this extraordinary drink. Swing by Lime Beach Bar for a Green Flash Rum Punch or topple over with a tipsy turtle from Turtle time. Ensure to check out DD stinger from Double Deuce and top if off with one of their juicy burgers.

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Photo credit: www.fsrnevis.com

Visit the Caribbean’s First Hotel (Bath Hotel) and the Hot Springs

Bath Hotel was the built in 1778; it was a playground for the rich and famous who came to Nevis to take in therapeutic hot spring baths. If you have back pain, arthritis or even just a swollen ankle the hot springs is the place for you. One dip and you will be left feeling brand new. The Bath Hotel is now the government headquarters of the Nevis island Administration.

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Photo Credit: syndicate.details.com

The Horatio Nelson Museum

This is a memoir of artifacts and memorabilia of the life and times of the British Naval Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, who visited Nevis in the late 18th century.

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Photo credit: www.lonelyplanet.com

Visit the Botanical Gardens

Created by a Philadelphia couple Joseph and Martha Murphy, this is a garden to preserve flora from throughout the world. The garden is filled with sculptures, fountains, roses, vines, cactuses, fruit trees and orchids. The most outstanding part is the tropical rain forest conservatory, built to emulate the conservatory at Kew Gardens in England. It houses tropical plants and huge Mayan-type sculptures. Weddings, receptionist and private parties are hosted at the gardens as well.

 

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Have Dinner in the mill at Montpelier

The Mill at the Montpelier Planation Inn is 300 years old and was converted into the only restaurant of its kind in the world. For a dining experience like no other, enjoy an intimate candle lit dinner for two, or a private party as the mill seats 24.

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Photo credit: www.tripadvisor.com

Visit the Museum of Nevis History

This is the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton in 1757, he lived on the island until the age of nine. Today the building is known as the “Hamilton House” it houses one of the islands’ two museums on the first floor and the meeting room of the Nevis National Assembly on the second floor.

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Photo Credit: www.sheknows.com

Hike Nevis Peak/Water Falls

Take a hike with a personal tour guide to the Nevis Peak. On the trail you will meet six waterfalls, bamboo trees, coco trees, herbs, refreshing cool water and a whole heap of mud and fun. Not only is hiking a great way to keep in shape but it’s good for bonding and sharing stories along the way. Once to the top you will be able to see spectacular views of St. Kitts. If you are lucky you may see a tiny fella (monkey) on the tour as well

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Photo credit: www.uncommoncaribbean.com

A Round of Golf at Four Seasons

Not only is it a delight playing a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones II designed course at Four Season Nevis, you are often joined by green velvet monkeys and they seldom recommend the right club for you shot.

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Photo credit: www.magazine.fourseasons.com

Water Sports

Let’s stop for a minute and imagine the warm tropical breeze gently touching our skin. The crystal blue water knocking the shores and the palm trees blowing in the wind, isn’t this paradise? No lanes no limits just a thrilling experience of its own.

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Photo credit: www.funkymonkeytours.com

 

Horseback Riding

Enjoy the sunset with family and friends, or a romantic trail with your significant other.

 

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Photo credit: www.nevishorseback.com

A little bit of history, a surety of luxury we are ready to take you there. Nevis Lovely Nevis, you’re never sad when you come by here.

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A St. Kitts and Nevis Christmas

Christmas comes but once a year, spreading joys of good cheer. From the rum cakes baking in the oven, to the sweet sorrel on chill in the fridge, the revellers ready for mass, the bands jamming through the streets, the overjoyed children eager for gifts and excited to decorate the Christmas trees, the schools and churches with their Christmas programs, the towns lit in amazement with pretty bright colours, family and friends coming together for a big great feast, are bits and pieces to complete the puzzle of Christmas in both countries.

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Photo Credit: www.springdale.co

It is a fundamental fact that our Christmas here is very unique. We happen to be the only Caribbean island that celebrates the Christmas season with a blend of carnival festivities, cultural displays and our African heritage. For the past 40 years, thousands of nationals and tourists alike, have flocked Sugar City to party and soak up all the fun. Carnival has a huge impact on tourism. Concerts, fetes and street parties around this time are all very successful, given the huge influx of locals and tourists for the season. In fact, this is our busiest time of the year.

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Even though we all know SKN people love them belly….Christmas lunch is not the main reason why we love Christmas! It is a time when families come together preparing various dishes, enjoying each other’s company and drinking merrily until the wee hours of the morning. For those who celebrate Christmas as the birth of Christ, it is a time to reflect and celebrate the first coming of Jesus.

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A Christmas here is not complete without the sweet sorrel and the ever so potent rum cake. A slice of cake and a sip of sorrel with some good music turns any yard into a dance floor.

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photo credit: www.travel2thecaribbeanblog.com

 

Naughty or nice the above listed are a few things to encourage you to Experience a St. Kitts and Nevis Christmas heartily. If you are not here, ensure you make it next year!

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Top Beverages To Try While in St. Kitts and Nevis

 

In St. Kitts and Nevis, as with any other Caribbean territory we are lovers of thirst quenching beverages. These local drinks are available pretty much all year round except for those available when in crop or in season, for example Christmas.

Here are a few local drinks made with fruits grown in our gardens, bought directly from the market or mixed specifically with secret ingredients.

The Sorrel Drink

During the Christmas season Kittitians and Nevisians are all fixated on eating, drinking and spending time with close family and friends. I am sure this is the same wherever you go. However here in the federation Christmas means Black Cake, Sorrel and more Sorrel! It is a deep reddish/purple fruit; found in backyard gardens or sold by the pound in the local markets. In other places such as India or Malaysia it is eaten as is, but here we use it to make a drink. Sorrel is not only rich in vitamin c but is used as a remedy for high blood pressure as prescribed by Herbal Practitioners. The whirlwind of flavours explodes in your mouth and surely makes it a Christmas to remember. It is boiled in water, and after cooling is mixed with cinnamon, ginger, sugar and rum! It is surely a unique taste and cannot be compared to anything else.

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Golden Apple Drink

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! This drink is usually made with green golden apples. It is blended with sugar, water and ginger. The ginger is the secret that adds to the wonderful flavour. This is definitely a great choice drink on a heated day on either islands.

 

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Mauby

Mauby is made by boiling a specific buckthorn bark, with sugar and a variety of spices. The beverage is made by adding water, usually to suit the drinker’s taste. It starts out sweet but ends with a bitter after taste; we like to say it is an acquired taste. Nevertheless it is extremely refreshing and is a favourite on both islands.

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Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is made from a turmeric root called ginger. The ginger is washed, peeled and grated. Water, cloves and lime (still in peel) are then added to make a mixture which is left to sit overnight for fermenting. The mixture is then strained and brown sugar is added to sweeten. This one is an old fashion beer but certainly a dynamite. Try it with ice on a hot sunny day.

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Soursop Drink

The soursop is a fruit shaped in the form of a heart. The skin is green with short stubs but falls off as it ripens. The colour changes to a lighter shade of green, when fully ripe. The belly of the fruit is white, and this is the section we use to make delicious delights such as ice-cream and the soursop drink. We also use the leaves (or bush as the locals call it) for tea. The drink is made by blending the soursop with water, milk and spices.  It is very creamy and thick but goes down smoothly. If you have never had soursop, we ask that you make this a must have drink once in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. I know you will enjoy this as much as we do!

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Photo Credit: phuongphapgiamcan.org

 

Sea Moss Drink

This one as we locals say “is good for you back”. It’s supposedly the miracle remedy for men who require an increase in strength and sexual stamina. Scientifically, Sea Moss is said to be a good source of thyroid hormones, filled with potassium, iodine and contains Algin which is good for detoxing of heavy metals. The sea moss is soaked overnight with lime juice. It is then cooked for over 30 minutes or until the mixture becomes more like jelly. The mixture is cooled, then milk and sugar are added. It also flavoured with angostura bitters.  This is best served chilled, or over ice.

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Sarsaparilla

This is a local homemade root beer which is very mildly alcoholic and is said to be very good for you. As the name suggests, it is made with sarsaparilla but mixed with other roots. The ingredients vary but maintains a similar taste. It is easily brewed by boiling the ingredients for about thirty minutes. The brew is allowed to cool then vanilla and ginger bug liquid are added for flavour and sweetness. Ensure you try the Sarsaparilla!

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Tamarind Drink

Tamarind is very sour but turns sweet as it ripens. Here within the Federation, the tamarind is eaten raw or mixed with sugar for a little snack we call tamarind balls. We also boil it  with sugar to form a puree called tamarind jam.  As this blog is about beverages, let us direct our focus there. You will need water, sugar and of course the main ingredient tamarind. Pour boiling water over the shelled tamarind and add the sugar. Cover and allow to stand several hours or overnight. Strain the tamarind juice through a strainer or clean cloth, then dilute with additional water and add more sugar or honey to taste. This is best served chilled or over ice.

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Photo Credit: caribbeanpot.com

The Killer Bee

It is a sweet rum punch that knocks you off your seat. True enough you will get stung, but not by a bug or bee. Get your taste buds ready for the Infamous Killer Bee Rum Punch at Sunshine’s Beach Bar. The Killer Bee cocktail is by far the most popular beverage on the island of Nevis. We however were not privy to obtaining the secret recipe of this infamous rum punch. For sure it contains lots of rum and nutmeg, which is the norm all around the island! Who knows, maybe you will be lucky to get the recipe and share with us!

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“Life’s Not All Beer and Skittles”, Experience St Kitts and Nevis local thirst quenchers and leave in awe with the after taste of what was a Tropical Fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk about Oxtail and Things – Nevis W.I.

As a foreigner in Nevis, you will quickly realize that you have left the commercial life behind and have entered a whole new world of relaxation and tranquility. So, fast forward and you are now off the ferry, your belly begins to turn… you are definitely hungry. Where do you go? How about trying some good ole local food?!

Local restaurants are nestled all across the island but in today’s post we are travelling to Bath Village just on the outskirts of Charlestown. We’re headed to Black Hat’s Restaurant. As you get closer to the establishment you will realize that the structure is one with character. The design is unique and gives a rustic traditional feel. Its very homely and very inviting boasting colours such as pink, blue and orange.

 

Black Hat's Place, Nevis W.I.

Black Hat’s Place, Nevis W.I.

 

We were a party of three seeking authentic Nevisian food on our lunch breaks. We were met with pleasant faces and hearty good afternoons as we approached the menu to make our orders. Black Hat came to the window asking to assist us. We ordered and got seated and waited patiently on the meal. It arrived and I immediately dug in!

The oxtail was accompanied by scalloped potatoes, steamed rice, coleslaw and the tastiest salad I have had in a while. It would seem as though Mr. Black Hat read my mind and prepared each component with extra…just the way I liked it! Imagine my excitement when I was met with slices of apples in between my lettuce and a few raisins in between the mix! I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch! Everything was cooked to perfection, and lacked nothing!

Black Hat’s Place also provides a wide variety of dishes so don’t worry about being left out if you are not an oxtail lover.

As you have landed, ask to go by Black Hat for some local cuisine.  Experience the Culture, Experience the Food!

 

Oxtail and Things from Black Hat’s Restaurant

 

 

 

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