Charlestown

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St Kitts and Nevis
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East Caribbean Dollar
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About Charlestown
Charlestown is the capital of the island of Nevis, in the Leeward Islands, West Indies. Charlestown is situated on the leeward side of the island, near the southern end of Pinneys Beach.

In Charlestown, the main attractions surround the Alexander Hamilton Birthplace on Low Street.

A reconstructed 17th century manor on the waterfront houses the museum which contains various artefacts (Hamilton spent the first 17 years of his life here before heading to colonial America). The Museum of Nevis History is also located here.

The nearby Cafe des Arts offers souvenirs of original artwork by noted regional painters.

Bocane Ceramics and Gift Studio on Main Street, sells a variety of locally designed bowls, mosaics and other art pieces.

Nevis Botanical Gardens (Montpelier Estate) lies in the shadow of the peak of Mt. Nevis. Here you will find lagoons, waterfalls, streams and a rainforest. A re-created plantation house is also here and offering indoor/outdoor dining with great views.

Scuba diving is available at Ft. Ashby. The settlement of Jamestown fell into the sea in the late 17th century so there are many interesting underwater sightings.

For golf, head to the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course at the Four Seasons Hotel at Pinney's Beach.

Horse riding can be found on Oaulie Beach at the Nevis Equestrian Centre, just beyond the Oaulie Hotel, which also offers horse and buggy rides. There is also a petting centre here.

Take a ride in a historic Victorian horse drawn buggy at the Hermitage Plantation and Restaurant at St. John Fig Tree Parish (10 minutes from Charlestown).

At Oualie Beach, there are many watersports available. It is also a central location for scuba diving, deep sea fishing and snorkelling trips. The Sea Life Education Centre offers half educational/half action-oriented programmes called "Touch and Go", where you can learn about the underwater environment and snorkel with an experienced guide.

Pinney's Beach (left at tender pier, following the coastline) is a pleasant, 10-20 minute walk away.

Lover's Beach is on north side of the airport near Hurricane Hill and is secluded.

Local dishes include fresh fish and seafood (especially crab), curries, mutton, ribs, fresh sandwiches and salads.
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Cruise ships anchor in Charlestown Harbour and tender passengers ashore.

Charlestown is very walkable, however taxis are available if you wish to explore further afield. Taxis are usually minibus style and will pick up and drop off many passengers at a time. They line up on Main Street.

Privately owned minibuses are the island's version of public transport which run round the island during the day. To catch a bus, stand in the direction you are going and flag one down.

Nevis is very small so it isn't really necessary to hire a car, however if you wish to do so, you need to obtain a driver's licence from any of the island police departments. Cost is around $20 US for a 3 month licence. Your own valid driver's licence is required too.
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