Nevis has a main road which rings this small Caribbean island; the road is 21 miles in total length. As you travel this ring road, you will notice numerous little side roads, but many of these just go uphill to a few houses and then end.

It's helpful that there are now some official signposts on the island, and Nevis is also starting to get street names, but it can still sometimes be an adventure finding out-of-the-way places. However, there are very good small maps of the island available free at most of the hotels, or from the Tourist Authority, and a really superb, large and detailed O.S. map (last updated in the 1980s) is usually for sale at the museums.   

For tourists, taxis are probably the easiest way to get around Nevis: they are vans, so they can easily hold a small group of people, or a whole family. The taxis are quite luxurious, but they can be expensive if you use them a lot.

There are numerous privately-owned but government-licensed buses (these too are vans) which run regular routes on the island, and these are an excellent way to get around, especially at the most popular times of the day. Buses are inexpensive and quite fast, and there may even be a nice shaded bus stop for you to wait in. However, when you want to catch a bus, you can wait anywhere at all on the main road, and just flag the bus down when you see it coming. The bus driver will also drop you off anywhere you want on the main road, and sometimes even up a side road, although if that is off the regular route, this will cost a little extra.

Car rental is another possibility, and renting a bicycle is yet another transportation choice. Before renting a car, it is generally recommended that you first take a taxi tour (or a bus ride) to see where things are, and how people drive on the island (British style, on the left.)

Taxis can take you anywhere, off of the main roads and even down dirt roads.

The capital of Nevis, Charlestown, is small enough that it can very easily and pleasantly be explored on foot. The main road around the island is short enough that it too can be biked or hiked instead of driven.

And if you wish to explore some of the many interesting old roadways from previous centuries which are hidden on the mountainside, then hiking is the way to go.

Photo: she's biking it, safely!