The written history of Nevis begins with the account recorded by Columbus when he sailed by Nevis in 1493. The name Nevis is derived from “Nuestra Senora de Las Nieves” which means “Our Lady of the Snows,” because of the cloud capped mountain reminding Columbus of snow.
Prior to the Columbus saga, Nevis was named Dulcina “Sweet Island” by the Arawaks and later Oualie “land of beautiful waters” by the Caribs. Later in the 18th century Nevis became known as “Queen of the Caribees.” Evidence of pre-ceramic people finely crafted stone tools and intricately coloured pottery found.
Over the years Nevis has made a number of significant contributions to the Caribbean and the World. Two men who played part in international history were Alexander Hamilton and Lord Horatio Nelson. Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of America and its first Secretary of the Treasury was born on Nevis on, January 11 1757. Nelson, Britain’s most famous admiral, used Nevis as a base of operations in the mid 1780’s and married a Nevisian; Frances Nisbet in 1787.
Nevis continued to be part of the British colonial holdings until 1967 when it achieved Associated Statehood with St. Kitts. In 1983 September 19, Nevis became part of an independent nation and form part of the sovereign democratic state of St.Christopher and Nevis. It has the unique constitutional arrangement of being part of the Federal Parliament while having a separate parliament of its own and its own Nevis Island Administration headed by a Premier.
This sophisticated island of Nevis is a tiny jewel just eight miles long and six miles wide, yet it has a natural beauty that is unparalleled. Nevis features tropical rainforests, secluded valleys and turquoise waters lapping golden sand beaches. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular scenery while participating in a wide range of soft adventure sporting activities and eco-adventure tours, lounging on the beach or swaying in a hillside hammock. For the upscale traveler, Nevis offers an A-List of award-winning resorts, hotels and historic sugar plantations, which now provide accommodations as intimate, upscale plantation inns. Celebrity sightings abound on Nevis where superlative service, luxurious accommodations and world-class cuisine have made it the hottest “must see” destination in the Caribbean.
In the midst of its natural beauty, its peaceful and tranquil nature, Nevis provides a range of activities that visitors can enjoy. This creates a greater experience whether they participate in an educational tour or one just for relaxation. Travelers are no longer content to “lounge” on the beach, thus the provision of a variety of these water and land-based activities. Activities include golf, tennis, biking, horseback riding, fishing, sailing, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and kayaking.
There are a number of other activities that one can enjoy on Nevis. Its “premiere” festival CULTURAMA is celebrated at the end of July early August every year. This provides an opportunity for lots of revelry, music and food. Other activities include the annual Triathlon, Fishing Tournament. Nevis is not known for nightlife, but there are few places where one can be entertained during the evening. Once on island the latest happening can be received from hotels.
Because of the unspoiled nature of the island and the service provided by its friendly and appreciative people, visitors leave with an indelible mark on their minds that prompt them to return…to home…away from home…Nevis…Naturally, where you are only a stranger once.