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Getting to Nevis is not difficult, and there are several different flight choices at different prices. The least expensive versions involve several flights and take many hours. if you are prepared to spend a little more, it is possible for example, to get a round trip non-stop flight to St. Kitts from New York via American Airlines, and then take a water taxi over to Nevis. Another possibility is an inexpensive Jet Blue flight to St. Maarten, but the connecting flight from there to Nevis is not cheap. However once you are on Nevis, there is quite a wide variety of small guest houses, which are well-equipped and inexpensive.
The guest houses are scattered in various places around the island. TripAdvisor has Specialty Lodging and Guest House listings, or best of all you can ask the Nevis Tourism Authority for help with choosing which guest house would best suit your particular needs. To email the NTA use: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is quite easy to travel around Nevis on a tight budget, because you can either use the inexpensive community buses (see the information in the listing about Public Transportation), or you can get lifts from people who are going your way. You simply wait at the side of the road and flag down vehicles by waving your hand in a downwards motion. When a bus driver sees this, he will stop for you unless the bus is already completely full of passengers, in which case the driver will flash his lights and drive on. Other people who are driving and who have room in their vehicle will often stop to give you a lift, and this is considered to be a perfectly respectable and traditional way to get around on Nevis.
Of course it is also possible to walk to many places you might need to go on Nevis, and this is usually quite pleasant, as long as it is not in the hottest part of the day. Renting a bicycle is another inexpensive option if you want to get around a lot according to your own schedule.
Inexpensive food should also not be a problem if you eat at local places (see the "Cheap Eats" article in the "Dining Scene" section of Traveler Articles for Nevis). For more information in general, or to ask questions, please see the Nevis forum here on TripAdvisor.
When leaving St. Kitts & Nevis to return to your home country, remember that there is an airport departure tax, an environmental levy and a small security charge to be paid, after checking in and before going through security. You can pay in local money or in dollars US. The total sum is about $22 US per person.