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Charlestown, Nevis Cruise Port

Just south of St Kitts lies Charlestown on the island of Nevis, a circular isle with just one road running around its edge. Nevis is home to some of the first European settlements in the Caribbean, with a plantation in the Saint John area dating back to the mid-seventeenth century. Hot springs once attracted some prominent Europeans like Nelson and Coleridge; today, visitors will find a laid-back town filled with brightly-coloured Georgian buildings – the perfect place to relax and unwind in the Caribbean.

Sightseeing in Charlestown

The beauty of Charlestown lies in its small size, and you'll find plenty of things to do during your time on the island, with very little travel time in-between. Explore the botanical gardens for a look at tropical flora from around the world; wander the friendly streets of the town itself, browsing the handmade crafts on offer; or simply relax on the beach, stretching out in the sun to the sound of the rolling waves.

Nevis Botanical Gardens

The gorgeous Botanical Gardens of Nevis combine beautifully-kept lawns and walkways with bright tropical orchids and a collection of statues, sculptures and fountains. Wandering the paths amongst palms and waterfalls, you'll find yourself surrounded by flowers and plants from all over the world – or head into the tropical vine garden or rainforest conservatory before relaxing in the restaurant nearby.


The streets and parks of central Charlestown make for a wonderful attraction, where you can stroll past Georgian homes and town buildings painted in bright yellow and sky blue – all within sight of the beach and the harbour, with the lush green Nevis Peak towering above the town in the distance. Wander amongst relaxed shops and cafes, or head to the equestrian centre for a gentle ride on horseback, while your tour guide tells you all about the town and the history of the island.

Pinney's Beach

It'd be a shame to take a trip to a Caribbean island and not spend some time on a beautiful beach, and here you'll find more beach to enjoy than many of the smaller ones on other islands. Pinney's beach is a mile-long stretch of golden sand which gives way to beautiful blue-green sea, where palms sway in the breeze all the way from Charlestown to Cades Bay in the north. The ocean here is home to a huge variety of colourful wildlife, from spotted rays and spiny lobsters to squid, parrot fish and shoals of sardines – perfect natural sightseeing if you're tempted to dive in and snorkel in the clear waters.

Shopping in Charlestown

There's a rich tradition of handmade crafts on Nevis, and visitors to the island might want to look at the choice of hand-made red clay pottery on offer for some perfect souvenirs. There's also a great range of studios, garden centre shops and clothes boutiques, where you'll find colourful Caribbean shirts, dresses, jewellery and gifts.

Eating Out in Charlestown

There are plenty of scenic places to relax in and around Charlestown, especially along the beach where you'll find several restaurants and bars – the perfect place to enjoy the sea views with a cocktail or a glass of rum. Try some grilled fish, freshly caught in the bay, or a delicious salad made with local produce. For dessert, you could try a slice of sweet, filling coconut bread.

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