It’s a Beautiful Day in Nevis
We’re delighted to have you stay with us here at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour and we’re certain you’ll find countless things to see and do on our magical island.
But it would be a terrible shame to miss the chance to explore Nevis while you’re here. Take a day trip to our enchanted sister island, just 2 miles away.
Nevis strikes the perfect balance between easy relaxation and eye-popping sights. Fans of the great outdoors can spend a leisurely day at one of the inviting beaches, each with its own personality, or dedicate an entire afternoon to exploring the verdant rainforest and scaling the waterfalls. Or hunt for exotic wildlife (shooting only with a camera, please) on an island safari.
The swimmable, shallow waters of Ouali Beach attract visitors and locals to Nevis’s northwest shore. By day, fish or dive from the jetty; by night, toast the picture-perfect sunset over St. Kitts. Lover’s Beach isn’t strictly for lovers only, but the bright white sand and crystal blue surf on the north coast certainly set the tone.
Pinney’s Beach, on a 3-mile stretch along the west coast, has it all: You can unwind in quiet corners or join the crowds for Sunday volleyball games and dancing. Need something more isolated? Head south to the aptly named Windward Beach. This grey-sanded expanse has plenty of room to wander and contemplate the roiling Atlantic waves.
Flora and foliage
Graced with a majestic array of flowers, trees and vines, Nevis is an ecotourist’s paradise. The tiny island’s fertile tropical makeup – lush rainforest, gentle plains and volcanic hillsides – plays host to countless types of trees, ferns and succulents, while flowering plants and fruit trees large and small colour the landscape all year round: Bougainvillea and hibiscus, poinciana and wild cherry, mango and breadfruit. The rich land puts forth a treasure trove of medicinal plants, too. Locals have been harvesting wild sage, soursop, wild cilliment and coconut palm flowers for generations.
Birds and beasts
Bring a pair of binoculars to Nevis. Creatures great and small roam the island, including wild mongooses, goats, boars, bats and donkeys. You might spot a troop of wild Vervet monkeys in the less-populated areas. While visitors can’t get enough of their mischievous antics, islanders aren’t fans. These white-cheeked marauders lay waste to anything that grows, putting many farmers out of business.
Some 200 different avian species have been identified on this birdwatcher’s fantasy island – green-throated hummingbirds, yellow warblers, green herons, egrets, pelicans, black terns, Caribbean coots and much more. Snorkellers can swim the reef-laden shores with magnificent marine life including humpback whales, sea turtles, stingrays, nurse sharks, barracuda, seahorses, spiny lobster, sea urchins and coral.
Go off the beaten path – literally. Guided and unguided hikes will reveal ruins, remains and spectacles of nature that elude most visitors. The island is filled with any number of adventures to enjoy by foot. An easy one is the old goat trail that leads to the top of Hurricane Hill, where you’re rewarded by stunning views of the coastline. Another showcases interesting ruins, like the defunct windmill of Coconut Grove Estate and the old Lime Kiln. Eagle-eyed hikers may find a keepsake at the “Diamond Mines,” an area of the plain near Indian Castle with gravel mines but no actual diamonds – just small, six-sided quartz crystals that occur only in this spot.