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Beers, Hammond and Rum in St. Kitts and Nevis

When coming to St. Kitts and Nevis one often thinks about sun, sand, sea, tropical breeze, cuisine and a few alcoholic beverages in between.

Upon your arrival in St. Kitts you immediately notice the supremacy of Carib beer advertising as it’s displayed everywhere; bars, billboards, buses and even walls. The parent company is located in Trinidad but there’s a local Carib Brewery that produces its trade name beer “Carib” as well as other bottled drinks on the island. This includes ting, shandy Carib, ginseng-up, skol and Guinness just to name a few. Beers are good and refreshing on a hot day but in St. Kitts and Nevis Rum is the word!

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Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum is handcrafted on the island of St. Kitts. The distillery blends only the finest ingredients into an award- winning flavored rum they are spiced, vanilla, coconut and even coffee flavored, also available is coconut rum cream. In 2002 Zach Brinley traded his Wall Street job to become the President of the new rum company and began to market the first batch of vanilla rum which started selling the very same year. Belmont Estate coconut rum was developed by Dr Ian Sangster in his distillery in Kingston Jamaica and produced shortly before his death in 2000. Dr Sangster has shifted production to a small neighbouring island of Jamaica to St Kitts. A subtle hint of oak, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla and a well-tuned alcohol nudge. It has been referred to as candy for grownups.

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Hammond (moonshine) is locally made in small pots still across the island of St. Kitts and Nevis. Now we do not have exact details on how it is made nor where to find it as it is illegal. One maybe lucky to come across someone who knows someone with the right link. Hammond is usually sold shortly after it is distilled. It is commonly drunk straight up and then chased with water or coke.

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Also of interest on either islands are rum punches which you will find at local beach bars, restaurants and even hotels. The one rum punch known internationally and which probably places Nevis on the map is the infamous Killer Bee at Sunshine Beach Bar (click for directions). As we locals say all we want is Rum, Food and Wuk up! If this isn’t a reason to enjoy the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis we’re not sure what is…

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Photo Credit: Sylvia Ottley

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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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Nevis Agriculture Fair 2016

The Nevis Agriculture Fair is an annual event that is held just before Easter. It showcases local produce, which include agriculture, arts, craft, food, manufactured items, drinks etc. See below for highlights of the fair. To see  full album, please click here.

Vervet Monkey

Local Art

Locally Manufactured Goods

Locally Made Sandals

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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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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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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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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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