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St Kitts Beaches

St Kitts Beaches are a mixture of two different waters; the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. This has created a unique blend of not only flora and fauna but also a different experience to the beaches in St Kitts. The Atlantic end is perfect for surfing and snorkeling while the Caribbean Sea is perfect to just lay back and watch time fade away. To the Sun, sand, sea an enjoyable day with the family, let’s go to the Beach! Clear waters and a laid-back atmosphere.

Cockleshell Bay

Most locals and visitors consider this the best among St Kitts’ beaches.  It has the most enticing views of Nevis , miles of powder white sand and the ultimate area for seclusion. You are sure to find clear, warm shallow waters that are family friendly. This is where the popular Reggae Beach Bar & Grill and Spice Mill Restaurant are located. So in no time, you can walk over for a bite.  It is also a popular area for Water sports such as hover boarding and stand paddle boarding.

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Banana Bay 

As is with most of the beaches on the St Kitts peninsula, you will need a vehicle to get to this oasis. However upon arrival, you’ll be met with pristine waters, swaying coconut trees, soft sand and much deserved peace and quiet. If you are up to it, you may dabble into a little snorkeling. The beach boasted a wonderful hotel years ago, but was destroyed by the hurricane that visited St Kitts in 1988.

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Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach is situated at the extreme end of the South East Peninsula. It is peaceful and boasts beautiful views of our sister island Nevis. The sea may be a little rough and not very suitable for the timid swimmer but it’s a good area to get great pictures.  It houses an excellent restaurant called The Beach House (open seasonally) and the Turtle Beach Hotel.

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Conraee Beach

This strip of grey black sand is where the volcanic and the coral features of St Kitts meet. It is ideal for snorkeling as well as body surfing, however due to the turbulent water, may not be suitable for the less experienced swimmer. The area is a bit isolated and depending on the season you may or may not find local vendors selling food for lunch, so pack accordingly. Also, this beach is does not boast a rest room or changing facility.

Conaree Beach- St Kitts

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Dieppe Bay Beach

Dieppe Bay beach is located just on the outskirts of Dieppe Bay Town. It is known for its black sand beach with deep waters and is protected by a major reef, which is perfect for bathing. As home to a variety of marine life, the reef also makes for excellent snorkeling. It is also close to historical landmarks such as the Brimstone Hill Fortress, Fort Charles and Sandy Point National Marine Park. So you are free to go for a dip first or after, the choice is really yours. When you do settle for some sun, you’ll find the tanning process enhanced by the shiny volcanic sand that draws so many visitors to this exotic beach.

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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is found downwind the Conaree Hills. It is perfect area to see pond and sea birds sighted mostly early mornings and late afternoons. The bay is enclosed by ponds between Half Moon Point and Muddy Point. Since it faces the Atlantic it is perfect for brisk swimming and is suitable for body-surfing. Although there are no facilities on this beach, the serenity is well worth the drive.

Half Moon Bay- St Kitts

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Pump Bay

Pump Bay is located in Sandy bay, 10 miles out of the country’s capital Basseterre to the north western edge of the island. It is a popular area and is perfect for snorkeling and diving. It is particularly suitable for young divers and snorkelers as the seas are less rough here. As this shiny black sand beach lies in the shadow of the Brimstone Hill Fortress it is a perfect break after the hike. There are no public facilities or restrooms available so travel prepared.

Pump Bay- St Kitts

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Turtle Bay

Turtle bay is popular among surfers because of the perfect conditions that allows for the sport. Additionally, it is pretty secluded so there no short of privacy.  Not to mention the great views of Nevis you’ll see as you dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

Turtle Bay- St Kitts

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North Frigate Beach

This beach is very popular as it is smacks on the property of the St Kitts Marriott’s Hotel which is located on the Atlantic side of St. Kitts. You’ll enjoy a relaxing time as well as water sporting activities such as windsurfing and surfing. Facilities are present, so you’re fine for changing and having a bath. Food can be purchased from vendors close by.

North Frigate Bay- St Kitts

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Sand Bank Bay Beach

Sand Bank Bay is situated close to Christophe Harbour, on the south eastern part of St Kitts. The waters are calm even though on the Atlantic Ocean; the rocks on the beach have broken up the waves creating a nice safe area to have some well-deserved sea fun. As with many of the beaches in St. Kitts, this too is secluded and restroom facilities are not present though you may seek access from nearby business places.

Sandy Bank Bay- St Kitts

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South Friars Bay Beach

As the saying goes, no visit to St. Kitts is really complete without making a visit to the South Friars Bay Beach. It is a popular spot not only because it is one of the best beaches in St Kitts, but also because it is home for the popular Shipwreck Bar and Grill. Other establishments such as Bikini Bar and Restaurant, and Sunset Beach Bar to name a few are also located on the beach. The area is very unique as it also holds a mangrove and a salt pond. As such it is a perfect area for watching birds or just for experiencing the features the area has to offer. For that it is referred to a hidden gem, not overly crowded but such a staple destination while on the island.

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South Frigate Bay Beach

This is the most popular beach, mainly because it is the closest of St Kitts’ beaches from the cruise port. The beach is a strip on sand sectioned off on both ends by Sir Timothy’s Hill, giving it a nice cozy feeling. This area is also referred to as the strip as it hosts some of the hottest bars on the island which is popular for tourists and locals alike.

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White House Bay

This beach is popular among snorkelers because of its rocky shores. It’s not perfect for beaches but a perfect haven for the fishes. Exploration takes place not only on the reef but also in a sunken tugboat and a sunken British troop ship that sunk during battle. The scenery is also breath-taking, giving clear views of the nearby ponds and of Guana point. It is perfect for a day of relaxation.

White House Bay- St Kitts

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Let’s go to the beach and explore…

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The Hot Springs in Nevis

Nevis known for quite a few commodities, however for centuries visitors and locals scurry to the Historic Bath Village for a dip in the infamous Hot Springs. The Bath volcanic hot spring still has a good flow rate all year round, commonly known as a therapeutic spring. Nearby is the site of Bath Hotel, the first luxury hotel in the West Indies built in 1778 for the rich and famous.

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Due to damages from recent hurricanes and other natural elements, the Spring House is closed. A restoration committee recently constructed an open outdoor pool for persons who seek to experience the therapeutic powers of the water. The pool constructed by the restoration committee maintains the water at the required temperature.

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Situated here are five thermal baths, the source of water springs from the base of the house. As far back as memory serves us this very spring water is said to contain minerals of medicinal value and cured people with chronic rheumatism and gout who stayed at the Bath Hotel. The water temperature at the Hot Springs span from 104F to 108F, which is the reason why the Spring House was used significantly by visitors and locals alike.

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Whether you are a local or a visitor, the hot spring still permits you to treat your various aches and pains by immersing your body (or feet or whatever) in the healing waters of the Bath Spring, a beneficial spa that is free of charge, once you’re not shy about bathing in an outside space…

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Rum Bottle Tree in Old Road St. Kitts

There are quite a few tourist attractions in Old Road St. Kitts, however, the one that drew our attention was the old tree with rum bottles hanging from it. Pondering what the history behind it was, we came to find out its significance is in no history book but just something people decided to do.

After drinking a bottle of rum the bottle was tied to a string and hang from the tree. This has been going on for years.  It is now a tourist destination. This my friends is somewhat a sight to see.

Tell us more do you know anything about this Rum Bottle Tree?

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Caribelle Batik

The Historic Romney Manor once owned by Sam Jefferson II, the great great great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of U.S.A.) is the home of Caribelle Batik. A breath taking visual of gardens, an area rich in history and natural beauty. A visit here affords you the opportunity to witness first-hand age old practice of fabric; this art form demonstrated throughout the day at the store results in some of the most impressive wall hangings, clothing and accessories.

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The Romney Manor grounds have great history; there is strong evidence that they were originally the site on which Tegereman the Carib Indian Chief had his village. Romney Estate became the first estate in St. Kitts to emancipate their slaves. From humble beginnings Caribelle produced its first batik in 1974. The fact that no two pieces are ever the same makes them some of the most sought after Caribbean Treasures.  Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Visited by thousands each year, occasionally hosting the rich and famous, Caribelle has acquired an international reputation for fine products. Each carefully handcrafted item is as individual as you are.

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Caribelle Batik uses many quality fabrics including the exclusive Sea Island cotton, an assurance of cool comfort and longevity. Their products last a lifetime. Absolutely distinctive in designs they become a great talking point whenever and wherever customers spot one of our garments being worn by a stranger somewhere on the planet. Using the ancient Indonesian methods of resisting dye with wax, Caribelle creates the many designs for which they have become associated. During a visit to Caribelle, you will see our artists demonstrating the techniques as well as receive a full explanation from one of our experts.

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 Wingfield Estate is conveniently placed adjacent to one of the Caribbean’s major destinations, Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor. Wingfield Estate also hosts the site office for the newly established and popular zip line. It is a photographers dream, at one with nature and history.  It continues to be a work in process with archaeological digs continuing with visitor and local participation. Most batik garments are produced right here at Romney Manor the home of Caribelle Batik. The alluring colours, imaginative print designs and sensual factors will be an eternal reminder of your time in paradise.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Photo credit: Ryan Maynard

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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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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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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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