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Nevis
Flag of Nevis
Flag of Nevis
Location of Nevis
Official language English
Political status State in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Premier Joseph Parry
Capital Charlestown, Nevis
Area
35.9 sq. mi. (93 km²)
Population

 - Density

12,106 (2006)
130/km²
Airport

 - Code
 - Runway

Vance W. Amory International

IATA: NEV, ICAO: TKPN
4002 ft. (1,220 m)

Nevis is the smaller of the two islands that make up the small Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. A former British colony, the islands became independent in 1983. They are separated by a 2-mile (3.22 km) wide channel.

Regions

The island of Nevis is divided into five parishes:

  • Saint George, Gingerland
  • Saint James, Windward
  • Saint John, Figtree
  • Saint Paul, Charlestown
  • Saint Thomas, Lowland

Cities

Charlestown, the capital of Nevis, is a small, picturesque town, with a Main Street lined with Georgian stone buildings which are examples of the architectural style of the colonial era, sporting breezy balconies and wooden upper floors over a ground floor built of stone.


Several Nevisian buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries are still in use today. Hermitage Plantation in Saint John, built of lignum vitae wood in 1640, is the oldest surviving wooden house still in use in the Caribbean today. Bath Hotel of 1778, located just outside Charlestown, is the first hotel built in the Caribbean and once served as a luxury hotel and spa. The soothing waters of the hotel's hot springs lured many famous Europeans, including the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Antigua-based Admiral Nelson and Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence, the future William IV of the United Kingdom. They attended balls and private parties at the hotel. Today, the building serves as the government headquarters and the hot springs are open to the public. Many of the churches on Nevis also date to this time period, as well as some of the reconstructed mills.

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Understand

Topless sunbathing is not allowed on the beaches of Nevis.

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Eat

Nevis has exceptional food that is a blend of European, American, and hints of African. The food is fresh and further complimented by the island's lack of pollution. Nevisian food ranges from sophisticated European flavors to simple (equally delicious) Roti. Restaurants serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and usually close in between. Expect to eat dinner before nine or ten or not at all.

Food service on the island is uniformly terrible. Expect slow service with errors that will lead to slow service in correcting them. The waitstaff of various restaurants, while substandard in performance, was generally very kind and pleasant to deal with.

Some local delicacies are breadfruit, coconut jelly, goat water, fresh mangos, fresh tamarind, and roti. The adventurous will want to try pickled mangoes (tastes exactly like pickles) and stinking toes.

It is nearly impossible to get a bad meal on the island.

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