Separated by a shallow 3.22 kilometer channel called ‘The Narrows’, Nevis is conical in shaped with the Nevis Volcano peak located in the centre. Fringed by sandy beaches made up of a mix of white, brown and black coral sands, Nevis Island is largely eroded and washed down by volcanic rocks. Featuring several natural freshwater springs along with non-potable volcanic hot springs, topless sunbathing is however prohibited on this rather conservative island. This former British colony is home to 12,000 residents who are primarily of African descent.
Charlestown is a small, picturesque urban settlement displaying a main street lined with Georgian stone buildings, and serving as the administrative and commercial capital of Nevis Island. Boasting of 98 percent literacy rate which is the highest within the Western Hemisphere, English, which is widely spoken also serves as the official language. Spread over a 93 square kilometer landscape, Nevis however, is the smaller counterpart of the Saint Kitts & Nevis Islands.