If you’re thinking of visiting the beautiful Caribbean island of Nevis, lucky you! Though it may be little, it is fierce; the island packs a ton of punch into 36 square miles. There’s a ton of things to do on this laid back little island, and you’ll never be bored (unless you want to be, of course). Known for its extremely relaxed and hospitable vibe, Nevis has long been thought of as a “high end” destination – and visitors certainly have that option. But there are also a ton of affordable activities and great meals to be had no matter what your budget! Whether you’re visiting for the Nevis Marathon and Running Festival (check out my race report here) or just for vacation, consider adding these places in to your trip!
What to Do:
- Funky Monkey Tours: I’ve taken a lot of these kinds of “adventure tours” in my life, including on various Caribbean islands and in different countries around the world. To me, they’re a fun way to see a different part of the place you’re visiting than you would if you just stayed near your resort. The Funky Monkey Tour in Nevis is honestly my favorite one that I’ve ever done. It’s an incredibly fun environment (the free beer and rum punch doesn’t hurt the atmosphere) and you’re able to see incredible historic sights, hidden beaches, and beautiful rainforests that would otherwise be impossible to experience without four wheel drive. It’s DEFINITELY worth half your day on the island!
- Hiking: Most people come to Nevis for the beaches, but the hiking is a reason to go, too! The full-day hike up Mount Nevis (the dormant volcano at the center of the island) is on my to-do list for the next time I visit Nevis, but if you don’t have an entire day to devote, check out the island’s waterfall hike. At just 3-4 hours, the hike will offer a challenge and still allow you to see some of the island’s beautifully conserved rainforest.
- Herbert’s Beach: You’ve probably seen about 400 pictures from Herbert’s Beach if you follow me on Instagram or read this blog, and that’s for one very good reason – it’s one of my favorite beaches ever. While I’m not much of a beach person, Herbert’s Beach is quiet, secluded, and absolutely gorgeous, with views that overlook neighboring St. Kitts out over blue-green water. It’s on the northern part of the island pretty close to the Mount Nevis Hotel, and it’s definitely worth a visit!
As an added bonus, there’s that wooden pole that hangs out over the water right at the entrance to the beach, so you can do all sorts of trick poses and take cool pictures (#doitfortheinsta).
Where to Eat:
- Bananas Bistro: One of the best meals I had on the island was at Bananas Bistro. The restaurant is more on the upscale side, but still has a casual vibe that is so indicative of Nevisian culture. Reservations are definitely recommended, and come prepared for creative cocktails and an expansive wine list, as well as house made specialties and a creative menu that can accommodate dietary restrictions. They even note gluten free choices on the menu! This is the #1 restaurant on Nevis according to Trip Advisor, and that’s for good reason.
- Paradise Drive Thru: On the opposite end of the spectrum is Paradise Drive Thru, a local restaurant with a menu of the day. Serving primarily Nevisian barbecue, you can order food from Paradise to take out or eat at the open-air restaurant. If you’re looking for great local cuisine and a friendly staff, this is the place!
- Yachtsman Grill: Also located right on the beach is the delicious Yachtsman Grill, which is found on Hamilton Beach. This place is well known for their pizzas, and they have a huge variety, including even lobster pizza! There are also plenty of higher-end menu options as well as sandwiches, plus a beautiful covered outdoor atmosphere. This is also a great place to stop for lunch after your Funky Monkey Tour, since the tour ends right on the beach!
Where to Stay:
- Mount Nevis Hotel: The Mount Nevis Hotel is paradise. Period. That’s where I stayed on my trip to Nevis, and this quiet, secluded hotel is the perfect place to relax. The accommodations are luxurious and spacious and have sweeping views over the bay spanning between St. Kitts and Nevis. The food and drinks at the hotel restaurant and bar are also excellent (in fact, it was probably my favorite rum punch that I had while in Nevis), so you really never have to leave the property if you don’t want to. It’s just a quick 15 minutes to the main town on the island, Charlestown, and beaches, historic sites, and more are just a few minutes away.
What to Drink
- Killer Bee: The whole time I was in Nevis, people kept asking me if I had had a “Killer Bee” yet. I had no idea what they were talking about. Turns out it is one of the best (and strongest!) drinks I’ve ever had! They’re served at Sunshines Bar and Grill, and they are no joke. Drink responsibly, but definitely drink one before you leave. I’m still dreaming about them!
- Rum Punch: Every Caribbean island has its own variety of rum punch, but even within the island, you’ll get a slightly different kind at every bar you visit! I made it my mission to try a rum punch whenever I had the opportunity, and I was never disappointed. Go forth and drink it all (but maybe not the night before the Nevis Running Festival).