Nevis nuggets

Snorkeling with Nevis Yacht Charters, which picks up guests at the Four Seasons or at Oualie Beach.
Snorkeling with Nevis Yacht Charters, which picks up guests at the Four Seasons or at Oualie Beach.
Below, some tips and insider info on what to see and do in Nevis

• The YU Lounge at the Robert Bradshaw Airport in St. Kitts expedites VIP arrival and departure processes with snacks and beverages in its lounge while the staff handles baggage, customs and immigration collection and transport to hotel or launch or ferry to Nevis. $200 per person one way.

• Black-faced vervet monkeys roam the island at will, as do goats. The monkeys feast on mangoes and other fruits and have been known to imbibe rum punches at pools and beaches when tourists aren't looking.

• Nevis' original name was Oualie, "Land of Beautiful Waters." Columbus and his sailors landed there in 1493 and called it Santa Maria de las Nieves because the cloud-covered peak of Mount Nevis reminded them of a snow-capped mountain. Nieves in Spanish means snow. It later became Nevis.

• For a day trip to St. Kitts, board the public ferry in Nevis' capital of Charlestown for the 45-minute, 2½-mile trip across the Narrows to Basseterre. Ferries run almost hourly in both directions; price is $8 one way.

• For half- and full-day tours that include snorkeling, swimming and exploring the coastline from the water, Nevis Yacht Charters picks up guests at the Four Seasons' dock or at Oualie Beach. British captain Miles Denne limits group size to eight aboard his yacht Feisty. Sunset sails also are available.

• Try the Nevisian Sunshine Margarita, a recipe concocted by Kendie Williams, chief mixologist at the Four Seasons' Mango restaurant. Warning: Mango hot sauce is one of the ingredients.

• Help the Nevis Turtle Group track and tag hawksbill, leatherback and green sea turtles as they lay and nest their eggs from March through November.

• Don't miss a visit to the ruins of the 1824 stone church built by plantation owner John Cottle as a place for his family and his slaves to worship together.

• No visit to Nevis is complete without a stop at Sunshine's beach bar and grill. Mr. Sunshine warns his guests that his Killer Bee signature drink "has a sting in its tail." It does.

• Several resorts, including the Four Seasons, offer Hamilton packages that include a visit to the modest Museum of Nevis History/Alexander Hamilton Birthplace in Charlestown.

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