St. Kitts and Nevis Journals

Going native in Nevis, West Indies

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An August 2001 trip to St. Kitts and Nevis by mplunkert

Sunshines! Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: When I first set foot on this small Caribbean island in the summer of 1999, it was broken. (My foot, that is.) My husband and I were so overwhelmed by the genuine concern and helpfulness of the island's inhabitants that we returned this summer to get to know them better.

Going native in Nevis, West Indies

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Overview

Sunshine's! Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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Nevis offers a list of activities that are as varied as its landscape. Visitors can go for a swim in the crystal clear water that surrounds the island or hike through the rain forest to the top of Nevis Peak, a 3,232 foot volcano that reigns over the island wearing a crown of clouds. They can enjoy a round of golf or a vigorous game of tennis or explore the island's history with a leisurely tour of a plantation or the Museum of Nevis. They can take a horseback ride along the beach or go to the race track and place a bet. Regardless of what activity is chosen, they should be certain to end their day with a drink at Sunshine's Bar and Grille where tourists staying at the elegant Four Seasons Resort m...Read More

Heritage Spot Restaurant

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Restaurant

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This was the first of many serendipitous moments we experienced on Nevis. We had actually been looking for another restaurant (which we never did find) that had been recommended in a tour book when we stumbled, famished, into the Heritage Spot. The waitress and the bartender greeted us very cheerfully a second time. (We had been there previously thinking it was the aforementioned recommended restaurant and left when we were informed it was not.) We both ordered fish and chips, which were outstanding, and enjoyed dining in the tropical ambience of the restaurant's outdoor patio. (Lest it be feared that our judgment was tainted by our state of hunger, let me hasten to add that we returned to dine h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2001

Unella's

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Restaurant

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We had eaten at Unella's on our trip to Nevis last year as well, so the fact that we returned to it this year is a solid recommendation. The restaurant is situated on the second floor of a waterfront building in Charleston. If you are going for dinner, we recommend arriving before sunset so that you can view the changing colors of the sky as you dine. If you're lucky, you may even be able to experience the "green flash." This phenomenon occurs as the sun sets under certain weather conditions. As the sun begins to disappear into the horizon, you will observe a span of green accompanying it for a short period (no longer than two minutes in our case, but we've been told it can be of even shorter dur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2001

Sunshine's Bar and Grille

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Restaurant

My husband and I at Sunshine's Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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It is hard to decide whether Sunshine's should be listed under "dining" or "activities." We had read about this internationally renown spot prior to our first visit to Nevis in 1999 and would have passed it by had it not been for the myriad of flags that hung from what I would best describe as a "lean-to." Our tour book had indicated that the flags were Sunshine's identifying mark, but could this dilapidated structure with canvas walls flanking two sides and housing weather-beaten picnic tables actually be famous? Remarkably, yes. Visitors from the exclusive Four Seasons Resort just next door are found dining here instead of at one of the hotel's elegant restaurants--rubbing elbows ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2001

The Rain Forest

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Attraction

Mt. Nevis Reigns Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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Even though my husband and I are experienced hikers, we enlisted a guide for our hike through the rain forest. We wanted someone who could identify the tropical plants and wildlife that we would be seeing. Afterwards, we were glad we had done so--not only because our guide, Lineal, proved to be extremely knowlegable about the vegetation in the forest, but also because the trail turned treacherous at different spots, and it was reassuring to have someone who knew how best to negotiate around in these areas. We had arranged for our guide the previous day through Teach Tours. Lineal met us early in the morning at the dock in Charlestown and drove us to the trailhead. He had expla...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2001

Horse Races

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Story/Tip

View from the Bleachers Photo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
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We were encouraged by several of the locals to stay long enough to attend the horse races that weekend. We were told it would be like nothing we had ever before seen. They were right, and we're very glad we took their advice. It turned out to be our favorite Caribbean experience thus far. The horse races on Nevis are more of a social event than a gambling arena although betting does take place. Families gather at the track that overlooks the ocean. Some set up charcoal barbecues and cook chicken and ribs, which they sell to other attendees. Also offered for sale are sodas that they've brought in coolers and a variety of chips and candies. In the time between races, which can be as m...Read More

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