Transportation Options for Nevis

There are a few noticeable differences about transportation on Nevis

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Separated from St. Kitts by a two mile channel called “The Narrows,” the small island of Nevis is a series of white, sandy beaches that fringe a central Volcanic peak called Nevis Peak. There are only 12,000 permanent residents on the island, which welcomes approximately 40,000 tourists each year. The draw to the island is simple: its unspoiled, natural beauty and quiet tranquility. If escaping to this tropical paradise is in the cards for you, make sure to go over the transportation options in advance, because getting here can take a few extra steps in planning.

Getting There

Many people aren't even aware that there is more than one way to get to Nevis, but it is true. You don't have to limit yourself to flying (unless this is the option that you feel most comfortable with). Sailing a private yacht or visiting the island as part of a cruise are also very popular transportation options.

Getting Around

Whether you're going to be on the island for a couple of hours or a few days, you'll need some way to get around Nevis. Taxis seem like the obvious choice for the day trippers, but buses are another choice, and rental cars are good for people who have the confidence to drive in an unknown area. Then of course there is the ferry service that can transport you between St. Kitts and Nevis, taking away the need for a secondary plane ride.

Air Travel

The small size of the airport on Nevis means that international travelers will first have to land on another island in the Caribbean before connecting with Vance W. Amory International Airport (NEV) in New Castle. A number of regional airlines offer quick flights to the island on a regular basis, mainly traveling from St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Antigua. A full run down of flight paths can be found here.

Sailing

Those who choose to sail to Nevis from international waters will clear in at Charlestown Harbor, and most end up taking advantage of the facilities in the harbor as well.  Procedures for clearing in are pretty standard, and here you have the added bonus of being able to sail over to St. Kitts without having to go through the process again.  Find out what sailing to Nevis entails by clicking here

Cruises

Cruising through the Caribbean, tourists have the opportunity to visit several different islands and get a feel what life is like throughout the region. Cruise ships do make stops at every port in the Caribbean, but fortunately, small amount of liners visit Nevis each year. They will typically dock in Charlestown, then allows tourists to explore the island for a day or even two in some cases.

Rental Cars

Renting a car on Nevis is a great option for those who want to go-go-go from dawn until dusk and don't want something like waiting for a ride to get in their way. If you'll be renting a car, you'll need a local driving permit, plus a ride from the airport or ferry docks to the agency since there are no branches in these locations. Some agencies offer pick up and drop off services, but this is something you'll have to call and confirm as you're picking who to rent with. For a complete listing of rental agencies, including phone numbers, as well as a discussion of costs and driving on the island, click here.

Taxis

Most people will experience a taxi ride at least once during their stay on Nevis, and should come prepared for high fares. You could spend up to $25(USD) for a quick trip across the small island. The good news is that the rates are set in advance, so you'll never be caught off guard by rates. Everything you need to know about hailing a taxi on Nevis can be learned here.

Buses

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The buses on Nevis are hard to miss. Brightly colored minibuses with creative names like “Who Loves You Baby” in bold print across the side is how they appear on the outside, and inside they blast local tunes that keep guests energized as they ride along. The cost is around $1(USD) per person, per trip, but varies depending upon the distance, and must be paid in local currency, which is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. There is no schedule for the bus system, but they do stick to a specific route and if you see one on the street you can flag them down and they'll pick you up. Likewise, you can get the driver to drop you off anywhere along his or her route even if there is no designated bus stop in sight. The major routes originate in Charlestown and go north to the southwest end of D.R. Walwyn Plaza as well as south to the north end of Memorial Square.

Ferries

Rather than fly, many tourists will choose to travel between St. Kitts and Nevis and Nevis aboard a local ferry. There are several companies that offer this service, so you can get a ride without much trouble and without much wait time every day of the week. There is even one ferry that serves as a barge, allowing passengers to drive a a car aboard. Everything you need to know about this service, including schedules and fares can be learned by clicking here.

Well equipped with all the knowledge there is available about each transportation option on Nevis, you are now ready to begin making permanent plans and booking the modes of transport you'll use to get to and around this island. Now you are one step closer to making your dream getaway a reality.

 

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