Make friends on Nevis
THERE’S a saying in Nevis: “You’re only a stranger once” and that warm welcome gives you an idea why this place outmuscles a lot of the big name islands in terms of popularity.
The 36-square-mile island lies near the top of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 200 miles south of Puerto Rico, and just west of Antigua. Often in the shadow of its sister island St Kitts, it now stands alone as a great choice in its own right.
Its unspoilt character means it’s the perfect place to feel close to nature, whether exploring the lush countryside leading up to the 3,232-foot Nevis Peak to the teeming, vividly colourful marine life that lives around its shores.
On Nevis, the pace of life is even gentler. The charm and tranquility takes you back to a time when things were simpler, when life was more peaceful, when stress was just a word, not a way of life.
Remnants of the colonial past remain with some of the plantation houses but tourism is the big business now – and it’s one of the most welcoming places on earth.
The lack of modernisation has kept much of its main town Charlestown in its original state, and local efforts are under way to preserve the original Georgian-style 18th and 19th century buildings which give the place its distinctive old world feel.
Live calypso music is performed nightly at the Four Seasons Resort by local bands and there’s the same vibe most Sunday nights at the many beach parties held along the shore.
The magic of Guyana
GUYANA is an amazing blend of the Caribbean and South America.
This beautiful country is a tropical paradise and has much to offer but to get the most out of it you need to combine a few well-earned days on the beach with a trek inland to get the full effect of its varied eco-system and natural beauty.
Visit the multitude of stunning waterfalls, creeks and rivers that run through virgin rainforest, home to an abundance of wildlife that includes more than 800 species of birds and over 1,000 tree species.
Most Guyanan people live along the coast. The capital Georgetown is a delightful place to explore, with beautiful gardens and park, a museum detailing Guyana’s rich and fascinating history and a well-maintained zoo.
Its important historical buildings include the St Georges Cathedral, which claims to be the tallest wooden building in the world.
Have St Vincent all to yourself
THE Grenadines are a popular cluster of islands in the Caribbean – and St Vincent is the pick.
It’s surprising, then, that it’s often overlooked by visitors. What that does mean, though, is that those who do decide to pay it a visit feel like they’re getting the place to themselves. It’s less crowded and you get a definite feeling of what the real Caribbean experience is all about.
Nature lovers, scuba divers and hikers will all love St Vincent. From the comfort of a bus tour to the challenge of hiking to the top of La Soufriere volcano, there are activities for everyone to enjoy.
St. Vincent’s volcanic make-up means the coastline is mostly made up of stunning black sand. It has its fair share of white sand beaches too, but walking along a vast, black beach at sunset is an experience you won’t want to miss.