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thanks everyone for the feedback regarding Nevis. I had been hesitating about airfare but since we want to be there for Thanksgiving, I am going to get them. I checked the flights from Nevis home that Saturday and it is over half sold.

We are going to split the time between Hermitage and Nisbet. If there is anything in particular we should do while there, please let us know.

So many of you have written about how wonderful Nevis is that we are really looking forward to it!

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    There are lots of things to do and see on Nevis. For starters check out www.nevis1.com. It's a comprehensive website that will literally tell you everything you could want to know about the island and how you should spend your time.

    Now for some suggestions:

    Explore some of the many ruins of sugar plantations, lost villiages, forts and churches. There are some many (most hidden in the rain forests) that many Nevisians haven't even found them. Simply put, Nevis has a lot of "neat stuff" if you take the time to search for it. The staff at Hermitage or Nisbet can arrange for a gude to show you some of the places that are so off the beaten path you'd swear you were on an expidition with Indiana Jone while he was searching for the Lost Ark. Visit the ruins of the Eden Brown Estate - if you are there durning the full moon and are adventuresome you might want to go at night and see the ghost of Eden Brown herself searching for her fiance who was killed the day before their wedding.

    Visit the Nevis Museum and the Admiral Nelson Museum. Check out the Nevisian Village and see how Nevisians lived from the very first days of the Arawack Indiandians through the times when sugar was king and Nevis was know as the Queen of the Caribbean.

    Have lunch in the Tea House at the Botanical Gardens where you'll have fantastic views of Mount Nevis, Charlestown and the Caribbean (allow enough time to roam the gardens).

    Check out the ruins of Fort Charles (just south of Charlestown), search for the site of the oldest Synagogue in the Caribbean. Visit some of the old churches and see the crucifix with the Black Christ and find Admiral Nelson's & Fanny Nisbet's Marrage Certificate.

    Hike the rain forest or take a trek up Saddle Hill to see the Ramparts and Lookouts use by Admiral Nelson and his crew. If you are really energetic hike to the top of Mount Nevis (don't do this without a guide as the trails are steep and it's easy to get lost).

    That's only a sampling of things to do or see on Nevis. Of course, you'll have to set aside some time to stroll the beaches. If you want to see pounding surf take a trip to the windward side of the island and beachcomb along Windward Beach. Have lunch or drinks at beach bars like Chevy's, Sunshines or Double Douce. If you are lucky enough you might be there during one of the Sunday Horse Races (usualy around a Nevisian Holiday). If so don't miss this event - it's a lot of fund and a good chance to mingle with the locals.

    WOW!!! So much to due (and I haven't even scrathed the surface). Guess you'll have to make a second trip to see everything.

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    I always feel better when my flights are taken care of. Then you just have to sit back and wait for the trip to start.
    While in Nevis, I would recommend an island tour. We love Chip as our driver and guide. Great lunch or dinner at Chevy's. We prefer this over Sunshine's, but if you have time to visit both, it would be fun. Wonderful dinners were at Coconut Grove, Oualie Beach and Bananas.
    I have heard great things about Jim Johnson's rainforest hike, which is not as difficult as his mountain hike to the peak.
    There are a few ferries that go into St. Kitts for the day. This time, we payed the extra money ($100 for 2 people) to take the water taxi from Oualie Beach to Turtle Beach. It beat waiting in line, but we also had our luggage since we were staying in St. Kitts. The ferry is much cheaper, but check the schedules carefully.

    Have fun!

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