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St. Kitts & Nevis
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Exploring Nevis:


Pinney's Beach

One of the Caribbean's best beaches, Pinney's is not to be missed during a stay on the island. Its reef-protected waters are great for both swimming and sunbathing; nearby is the palm-fringed lagoon of Nelson's Spring.

 

 


Cotton Ground

This diminutive village is situated close by to Nelson's Spring, the picturesque fresh water source from which Horatio Nelson is said to have replenished his ship's supply of drinking water during his tour in the Leeward Islands.
 


Fort Ashby

The rise on which Fort Ashby is located is said to look out over the spot on which Jamestown, Nevis' first capital, once stood. According to legend, the town is supposed to have slid into the sea when an earthquake and subsequent tidal wave hit in 1680. Despite claims that ruins can be seen under the sea when the sand shifts, and rumors that during the full moon Jamestown's church bells can be heard tolling from under the waves, it seems that the town was in fact damaged (and not sunk) during the well-documented earthquake of 1690, only to be slowly abandoned over the following decades.


Round Hill

From the top of this fine prospect you can see both St. Kitts and Booby Island--named after the brown pelican or booby, the Kittitian/Nevisian national bird.


Fig Tree Village

The nominal reason to visit this charming village is to take a look at the register in St. John's church, in which are the birth of Alexander Hamilton (in 1757) and the wedding of Horatio Nelson and Frances (Fanny) Nesbitt in 1787. An equally compelling reason to make a stop is simply to enjoy the ambience of this lovely spot.


Montpelier House

Little survives of this once prosperous estate, the site of Lord Nelson's marriage to Fanny Nisbet. Only the crumbling gate and a few romantic columns remain of the old manor house.


Eden Brown Estate

This haunting gray ruin was built by a wealthy Nevisian planter as a wedding gift for his daughter. However, on the eve of the wedding, in a drunken duel, the daughter's fiancÚ and the best man killed each other. In addition to the evocative power of the ruins themselves, the estate is said to be home to the ghost of the ill-fated bride-to-be.


Bath House and Spring House

The ruins here are all that remain of the 18th-century Bath Hotel, the first resort destination in the Caribbean. Built by John Huggins in 1778 for the astounding expense of 40,000 island pounds, this once luxurious hotel attracted many prominent Europeans to Nevis and its soothing waters. Samuel Taylor Coleridge spent a number of months here, and it seems undoubted that both Nelson and his friend Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence and the future King William IV, attended gala social functions here in the 1780s. The hotel's days of splendour ended along with the collapse of the sugar industry in the 19th century, and the original structure suffered considerable damage in a 1950 earthquake. Visitors can still take a mineral bath in the five spas built on a fault over a hot spring.


Cottle Church

Built in 1824 by Thomas Cottle, President of Nevis and owner of the Round Hill estate in 1824, so that his family and slaves could pray together. Unfortunately, the church was never regularly used, as such integrated worship was explicitly disallowed by the church during this time. It fell into disrepair, and an earthquake in 1974 reduced the remaining structure to ruin.

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