We spent three nights on Nevis on a mooring just north of Charlestown.
Nevis peak is beautiful and often topped with clouds. In fact, the Spanish name for the island was Nuestra Señora de las Nieves or Our Lady of the snows since the clouds look a bit like snow. In 1493 Columbus had named the island San Martin, but that didn’t stick.
Alexander Hamilton was born in Nevis and there is a small, but interesting museum on his life.
Charlestown was fine, but we were constantly barraged by folks trying to get us into a taxi or on a tour. In contrast, there were also quite a few folks who were friendly and polite. We shopped at the daily market and visited the grocery store. They had blue bell ice cream! Still, going to town quickly became a chore since we didn’t want a taxi.
On Saturday, we hopped on the public bus and for just over $1 each, we rode to Golden Rock Inn. It is an inn and restaurant that is built around a ruin of a plantation and is also the trailhead for a hike to the “source”, a water source on the slopes of Nevis Peak. We had a wonderful hike (see separate post) and a nice drink afterwards at the bar. Golden Rock is wonderfully hospitable. They provide walking sticks and trail maps to visitors.
Nevis is the second place we’ve seen commemorating a stop by the party that settled Jamestown. We also saw one in Portsmouth Dominica. Seeing these plaques is a nice tie to our earlier trip to Jamestown in October.