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Nevis vs. Anguilla?

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Philadelphia...
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Nevis vs. Anguilla?

Can anyone give me a comparison of Nevis to Anguilla? Other than the terrain (volcanic vs. desert), do they have a similar vibe? Similar type and number of choices for beach bars at which to park ourselves for the day? (I should mention that we do not stay at the "fancy" resorts on Anguilla, but at a quieter, small property with just 24 units.)

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Nevis
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1. Re: Nevis vs. Anguilla?

Two very, very different islands. I gather from your comment that you've already been to Anguilla so I won't spend time reiterating the pluses and minuses of Anguilla. Instead I'll concentrate my comments on Nevis. Area wise they are the same size and have a similar population. Nevis has an Old World Caribbean charm visiting there is like stepping back in time to when "Sugar was King" and Nevis was the "Queen of the Caribbean". The island is steeped in history with lots of ruins to explore, dense rain forests and plenty of hiking trails. The dark sand beaches do not compare with the white sand strands you fond on Anguilla.

There are only 4 true beach bars (Sunshine's, Lime, Double Deuce and Chevy's) on Nevis - all of which are located in a cluster just south of the Four Seasons Resort on Pinney's Beach. There are a couple of other beach front restaurants on other parts of the island but they probably don't really have "beach bar vibe" you are seeking. Chrishi Beach Restaurant is just a few yards from the water and probably comes closest to being a place where you can "park" near both the water and the restaurant area but it doesn't really have a "beach bar" vibe.

Nevis is a quiet island without a lot of night life.

Other than "parking yourself" by a beach bar it's not clear from your post what type of vacation you are seeking. If you give us some idea of what you liked/disliked about Anguilla and the type of activities you like to engage in while on vacation we could help you decide if Nevis is an island that fits your desires.

Philadelphia...
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2. Re: Nevis vs. Anguilla?

I'll give you an idea of where we're coming from and what we've liked and disliked in the past.

Anguilla: Been there 4-5 times, stay on Meads Bay without a pool. Likes: going to other beaches to have lunch and spend a few hours for a change of scenery, the food, how easy it is to get around, friendly people, the fact that even "fancy" restaurants welcome children. Dislikes: Nothing I can think of. It's just become "comfortable" and we're looking for something new.

Bequia: Went there last March and fell in love with it. Likes: small size, lack of large resorts, old school charm, friendly people, snorkeling. Did day trips to Tobago Cays and Mustique; really only found 1 beach bar we went to more than once, and it was more of un upscale restaurant than a beach bar. Dislikes: Nothing, really, but if I had to say something, it would be lack of beachfront accommodations, few beach choices, food not awesome. We want to return to Bequia, but thought we'd look for something else so we don't go 2 years in a row.

Tortola: Have done 4 catamaran charters in the BVI but stayed land-based on Tortola 2 spring breaks ago, stayed at a 9-unit villa resort and sort of stuck to that end of the island. Likes: found one beach we kept returning to with local food and drink vendors set up there, day trip to Jost Van Dyke, charming but not super charming, liked finding small/local-owned restaurants. Dislikes: Generally food is not great, couldn't fly to Beef Island, so ferry from St. Thomas was a bummer.

Provo, Turks & Caicos: Stayed there about 5 years ago, partly at a resort, partly at a villa. Aside from the beach, we really didn't like it much. Too big and developed for us. It felt like we just went to Florida or something.

St. Lucia: Stayed there without kids. Likes: food, snorkeling and diving. Dislikes: Too big.

A typical day for us as a family of 4 (kids 8 and 12) is to plan lunch around a beach bar/restaurant where we can eat, drink, enjoy the sun, play on the beach and in the water, bring snorkel gear along and give that a shot. It doesn't need to be a beach shack-type place, just a place on the beach with food, drinks, and chairs/tables on the sand where kids can wander off and play while waiting for food and after we eat we can continue to just up and place drink or snack orders.

We like to mix in a little "adventure" -- i.e. day trips, fishing, snorkel/dive outings, maybe the girls go horseback riding, stuff like that. We definitely like something off the beaten path, uncrowded (hate when cruise ships "invade" a beach), small easy-to-get-around places, We have no need for shopping or nightlife.

Sorry to be so long-winded, just wanted to give as much background as I could to give you an idea of what we're looking for!

Sidney, Canada
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3. Re: Nevis vs. Anguilla?

I would suggest the Oualie Beach Hotel on Nevis for modest/medium accommodation, a great, kid friendly beach and bar/dining room. Some of their units have kitchenettes for preparing your own meals/snacks. Costs will depend upon the time of year you wish to travel. I would also suggest renting a car to explore the island and other beaches. Other than that, CaribSurfer is, as usual, very correct with his information. Cheers, Richard.

Nevis
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4. Re: Nevis vs. Anguilla?

Diving is decent around Nevis (Scuba Safaris is the only dive operator on the island - www.divestkittsnevis.com).

Snorkeling is almost non-existent around Nevis. There's a small reef 100' or so off of Herbert's Beach (just northeast of Nisbet Plantation) and that's about it - you can see all there is to see in about 10 or 15 minutes. The best (and it's only a "low" average compared to what you found at the Tobago cays and the BVI's) snorkeling in the area is at Shitten Bay off of St. Kitts - it's accessible only by boat - you need to do a daysail or a private charter to get there. If snorkeling is a high priority for your family you'll be very disappointed with Nevis (and St. Kitts). Simply put, no one goes to Nevis or St. Kitts for the snorkeling.

To read up more on what nevis has to offer go to: www.nevis1.com - lots of good info there.

There's some good deep sea fishing around the island but it is subject to the whims of Mother Nature.

Philadelphia...
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5. Re: Nevis vs. Anguilla?

Anguilla doesn't have good snorkeling, either, but that hasn't kept us away from there. So, snorkeling aside, and given my description of what we like, do you think Nevis fits the bill?

Philadelphia...
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6. Re: Nevis vs. Anguilla?

Maybe I should ask if a better comparison would be Nevis to Bequia? Other than size -- Nevis is bigger.

Nevis
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7. Re: Nevis vs. Anguilla?

I'm not quite sure what you are asking or trying to compare. Like most islands in the Caribbean Nevis is different from any other island and "Vive Le Difference". Other than the points mentioned in some of the above posts maybe the following will help:

Nevis is 5 times bigger than Bequia and has 2.5 times the population. By contrast St. Lucia (one of the other islands you mentioned) is 6.5 times bigger than Nevis with 15 times the population of Nevis. Bequia has hills (highest point 866'), Nevis and St. Lucia have mountains with high points of 3,232' and 3,120' respectively. Both St. Lucia and Nevis have more "history" than Bequia. Annually, Nevis gets about 2.5 times as many tourists as Bequia while St. Lucia gets about 3 times as many tourists as Nevis. Those facts alone make comparisons difficult.

Of the islands you've mentioned Anguilla, Provo and to a lesser extent Tortola have better beaches that St. Lucia, Bequia or Nevis.

All of the islands you mentioned have their share of restaurants and beach bars.

I don't mean to sound blunt but a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" will taste about the same, the sun will be just as warm and bright, the drinks just as cold and the water will be just as wet regardless of the island you are visiting.

If you liked Bequia, St. Lucia and some of the lesser islands in the BVI's, you'd probably enjoy Nevis - it's small, quiet and laid back. If you are looking for sophisticated shopping, casinos and high-rise hotels Nevis is not for you.

Philadelphia...
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reviews: 6
8. Re: Nevis vs. Anguilla?

We are certainly not looking for shopping, casinos and high-rise hotels, but just the opposite.

I was more asking a "If You Like That, You'll Like This..." type of question. It sounds like Nevis is a place we'd like. Small, quiet and laid back is exactly what we look for.

I appreciate your candor and input -- thank you for taking the time to answer!

Sidney, Canada
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9. Re: Nevis vs. Anguilla?

Here's a recent travel article in the Washington Post:

washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/taking-i…

As a writer of "other stuf" and a Nevis fanatic...the item is well worth reading. Cheers, Richard.

Philadelphia...
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reviews: 6
10. Re: Nevis vs. Anguilla?

Thank you for the link to the article -- loved it! Seems to be exactly what we're looking for!!

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