Thanks to Island Babble, I've met a lot of people. Some have been readers, some have been people I've met through readers. We headed to Nevis thanks to the latter fix-up (thanks Nancy & Ron!). We've been to Nevis a few times, the last time I even did a tour, but this time we had a chance to see the island through the eyes of someone who lived there, so headed over. We've always taken the Seabridge ferry because we always needed a car, but this time we caught it from Basseterre. The ferries that run between Basseterre and Charlestown are more likely to run on schedule as well. It's EC$25 (about US$10) + EC$1 for the port tax, so not too bad. The trip takes about an hour.
Now if Michael the passenger would remember to get in on the left side of the car...
My favorite place on Nevis is Golden Rock. The property is so lush and looks so natural, but if you really look you can see how much work has gone into the landscaping. Plus the mix of old and modern is just up my alley. Michael's only been here as a take-off point to hike to The Source, so it was worth a redo so he could see the whole place too.
I took better pictures on my last visit, so if you just can't get enough, you can click here. And is this not the nicest handwriting?
Then we just sort of drove around as Chris, our host, told us island stories - she's lived on Nevis a long time. Of course, she knew the one place we could get a vegetarian roti.
We did stop to get a drink at the Nisbet Plantation, and although I'd been there before, I had never seen its great pool.
Once back on the road, we could see that this island's building-height restriction of 2 stories was also being violated. Hrmph.
I have to admit the Hamilton development was rather nice, with a quiet beach,and a nice view of St. Kitts.
We also went to the island's only drive-through. You'll note that this simply means that you drive in, place your order, park, and then go in and get your order. It's not quite McDonald's, but perhaps that's a good thing.
From Nevis you can see Redonda and Montserrat (and Antigua, as you come around the island). You'll note we flew very close to Redonda and Montserrat once, sailed there, and Ben has been to Montserrat too. I highly recommend it.
Then we headed to Chris's house, and I thought it was cool how the driveway was designed to handle the occasional deluge of rain by funneling the water under the cement.
The sunset was pretty.
Plus Michael made a friend.
I did too.