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Quesitons from a First-Timer

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Quesitons from a First-Timer

My husband and I are taking our first trip to Nevis the end of April. I would love your opinions on the following:

-best places to watch the sunset?

-best authentic restaurants? (we are staying at The Hermitage and will have all breakfasts, a couple of dinners and maybe lunch there)

-best special occasion dinner? (celebrating our anniversary). We are considering Mango at the Four Seasons for the sunset/beachside view or Montpelier. Between the two? Other places to consider?

-best beach bar food?

-prettiest beaches?

-best moderate hiking trails (two hour max)?

-must-do activities? We are planning on a 1/2 day sail and a rainforest hike.

Thanks!!!

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1. Re: Quesitons from a First-Timer

Watch Sunsets - any beach on the western side of the island. If you want to have cocktails while watching the sunset Mango, the Cabana Bar or on the terrace off the lobby (all at Four Seasons), Chrishi Beach Bar, Yachtsman's Grill or Oualie Beach Bar. Sunshine's Beach Bar, Lime Beach Bar or Chevy's Beach Bar are OK but they are set fairly far back from the water so you might have to "walk" with your drink to get a better view. FYI - in late April sunset will be around 6:30PM.

Not sure what you mean about "authentic" restaurant. If you mean local food, places like Rodney's, Ole House Cafe, Riviere House, memo's pizza and Pas Bar (also good for sunsets) come to mind. Also, on weekends you'll find a lot of good local foods for sale at any number of roadside stands around the island.

Special Occasion dinner - my favorite is Montpelier (either Mill Privee or the Terrace) followed by Coconut Grove and Coral Grill (at Four Seasons).

Best Beach Bar - that's a matter of interpretation - everybody has their favorite - there's no one "best" just different ones. Sunshine's is the "original" beach bar on Nevis and quite popular with locals, Ex-pats and tourists alike. Next door is Lime, Double Deuce (both pretty good) and Chevy's (not one of my favorites). Chrishi Beach is a beach bar environment with a slightly more sophisticated menu. Gallipot has a beach bar feel but it's not on a beach but does have a limited water view across the road (it's closing for good at the end of April - owners moving off island). Sunrise Beach Bar just reopened, as the name implies it's on the northeastern shore so don't expect to see any sunsets. Nisbet has a beach bar that's only open for lunch.

Hint: Use the "restaurants" link at the top of this page to read hundreds of reviews of the more than 30 restaurants/beach bars on nevis.

Best beaches - Like with the restaurants "best' beaches are in the eye of the beholder. the closest beach to the Hermitage is Windward Beach - it's on the Atlantic side and often has large waves and strong currents. Hidden away near the Deep Water Port is Black Sand Cove, a sma;l stretch of lava black sand at the base of a small bluff - great for shelling. On the Caribbean side Pinney's Beach is perhaps the most popular as it's home to most of the beach bars and four Season's Resort. It's quite long so even on it's busiest day all you have to do is walk a hundred yards or so away from the beach bars and you'll find yourself virtually . A little further north of the Four Seasons resort is Paradise Beach - no facilities but a terrific stretch of beach. There's an outcropping of rocks at the northern side of Paradise Beach that separates the coast line from Montpelier's Beach (small section) another outcropping of rocks then the beach near Yachtsman's Grill/Nelson's Springs - From there you can walk for more than a mile to Cades Bay where you'll find Chrishi Beach Bar (run by a very friendly couple who welcome day bathers with use of their lounge chairs and shade palapas. Oualie Beach has the calmest & shallowest waters . Lover's Beach (aka Sea Heaven Beach) is up by the airport. Further north is Nisbet's Beach where you can walk along the water to Herbert's Beach and Camp's Beach.

Lot's of interesting hikes - the ruins at Mountravers, Ruins at New River and Lime Kiln, The Source, the Jessups Rain Forest, Nelson's Lookout at Saddle Hill, the Lost Village near Mt Lily plus lots more. Hint: while many of the hikes can be done without a guide you really should consider using one - they will give you lots of history about the island , it's flora and fauna making the hike much more interesting. The staff at Hermitage will gladly set you up with a guide. It's not expensive and well worth the cost.

Must do activities - too many to write about here - you don't say how long you'll be on island but I doubt you'll have time to do all the "must do's" so you'll just have to visit the island again. Start by using the "Things to do" link at the top of this page then go to WWW.nevis1.com - there's tons of information there.

Hope this helps and Have fun!

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2. Re: Quesitons from a First-Timer

Oops! Automatic "spell correction" change the name of one of the local restaurants - I't Mem's Pizza not Memo's Pizza.

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3. Re: Quesitons from a First-Timer

Thanks for all the great info!

We love walking on the beach. Is that stretch between Yachtsman's Grill and Cades Bay the longest stretch for walking?

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Not really. The distance from the south end of Pinney's beach to the north end of the beach in front of the Four Season's is about the same distance (1 mile). Paradise Beach which begins on the north side of Mango Restaurant (at the north end of the Four Seasons property) is also about a mile in distance to the outcropping of rocks I mentioned in my earlier reply. There's a short wooden pedestrian bridge (by Mango Restaurant) that you can use to link the north end of Pinney's Beach with the south end of Paradise Beach so you can effectively walk about 2 miles before coming to the outcropping of rocks that separates the northern end of Paradise Beach from the southern end of Montpelier's Beach. FYI - at very low tide you can traverse this outcropping in ankle to knee high water but at "medium' and high tide the water depth and wave hight make crossing it dangerous.

Lover's Beach (aka Sea Heaven Beach is about 3/4 mile in length and the stretch of beach that takes you from Nisbet past Herbert's Beach and Camp's Beach is probably about 1.75 to 2.25 miles in length.

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Thank you, CaribSurfer. Do you know if any of the resorts let you use their pool for a fee?

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6. Re: Quesitons from a First-Timer

The Four Seasons sells day passes but they are VERY EXPENSIVE (think around $300US per person per day).

The only other "resort" with a pool is Nisbet and I don't think they offer day passes - you could ask them when you are on island.

Double Deuce Beach Bar has a small pool for use by their patrons.

You are staying at Hermitage so you should be able to use their pool.

The pools at Hamilton Condos and the Condos at Nelson Springs are for use only by owners and renters.

Montpelier Inn's pool is "For Guests Only".

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