Paris Permenter & John Bigley's
Your guide to Caribbean family vacations from a husband-wife team of professional travel writers and guidebook authors.
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Family Activities in Nevis
Nevis has two spectacular beaches custom made for families.
Pinneys Beach is one of the islands best, the waters here
are protected by reefs and popular with snorkelers, swimmers, and sunbathers.
Oualie Beach is the most active beach on Nevis, with watersport operations.
On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, the place
to be in Charlestown is the Market Place. Here kids can experience a real
slice of Caribbean life at a market that bustles with locals shopping
for Caribbean fruits, vegetables, and seafood.
Museum of Nevis History
In Charlestown, save some time for a stop at the Museum
of Nevis History. This small museum includes exhibits on indigenous people,
Neviss first residents approximately 4,000 years ago. Other displays
include the islands political history, slavery, home crafts, churches,
and more. The museum is housed in the home that was the birthplace of
Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the US Treasury. Exhibits recall
the life of this famous Nevis resident. The museum is open Monday through
Saturday. If you visit one of Neviss museums, admission to the second
(see Horatio Nelson Museum, below) is half price.
Another excellent stop is the Nelson Museum, next to Governors
House, Belle Vue. The name Horatio Nelson is heard throughout the Caribbean
as a naval hero. Today his life is remembered at the Nelson Museum, the
largest collection of Nelson memorabilia in the Western hemisphere. Paintings,
china, figurines, and remembrances of the naval leader are found here
along with displays on Nevisian history. The finest museum in St. Kitts
and Nevis, it is well worth a visit. The museum is run by the Nevis Historical
and Conservation Society; hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday
9am to noon.
Eden Brown Estate
Ready for a little ghost story? Time to make a stop at the Eden Brown Estate. These ruins, formerly an estate of a wealthy planter, were the site of a true tragedy. The legend goes that on the eve of his wedding a bridegroom planter and his best man got into a duel and both men were killed. The bride-to-be went mad and is said to haunt the ruins today. The site is grown over and is little more than a few stone walls, but for those with an active imagination its an interesting stop.
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