Nevis - Much More than the Birthplace of Alexander Hamilton by JD Andrews

Where is Nevis?

Nevis is located in the Caribbean Sea, West Indies, and is the sister island of the more 'well-known' Saint Kitts. But both islands make up one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Island groups: AntillesLesser AntillesLeeward Islands - Area: 35.91 sq miles (getting very technical)

Most arrive by plane in Saint Kitts and will take the quick seven-minute boat ride, crossing the two-mile Narrows, to Nevis.

Nevis is known for its many beautiful beaches and rich history. More recently it's becoming more famous as the birthplace and early childhood home of Alexander Hamilton.

A statesman and one of the founding fathers of the United States and the subject of the Broadway Musical, Hamilton.

The Museum of Nevis History located in Charlestown, is a restored Georgian building where Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1757.

Visit The Hamilton Estate

Nevis is the place where Horatio Nelson was stationed as a young sea captain, and is where he met and married a Nevisian, Frances Nisbet, the young widow of a plantation-owner.

Nevis was at one time was the highest-producing colony for sugar in the entire West Indies

What's in a Name? I was told: Christopher Columbus named the island Nevis because it looked like a snow capped mountain (Due to the low clouds surrounding the volcano known as Nevis Peak at its center - (985 m / 3,232 ft) and the Spanish word for snow is nieves.

According to the internet: "The island was named Oualie ("Land of Beautiful Waters") by the Caribs and Dulcina - "Sweet Island" by the early British settlers. The name, Nevis, is derived from the Spanish, Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (which means Our Lady of the Snows); the name first appears on maps in the 16th century."

One side of the island has black beaches while the other has white.  Due to a mixture of white coral sand with brown and black sand which is eroded and washed down from the volcanic rocks that make up the island.

Very Wild - There are more monkeys on this island than people and lots of wild Donkeys, Horses
and Goats

You can visit the famous Volcanic hot springs, the Bath Spring near Bath village, just south of the capital Charlestown

Go See The Beautiful Botanical Gardens of Nevis

Visit Cottle Church

The island is known for “goat water,” a stew usually made from the neck bones and meat of goats which sounds interesting (terrible) but in fact is VERY good (I’m told)

Take a Funky Monkey Tour

I stayed at the historical Hermitage Plantation Inn

The unofficial flag of Nevis

More interesting Facts about Nevis:

Built in 1643, St. Thomas Church is the oldest active Anglican Church in the Caribbean

Nevis got its independence from Britain In 1983

Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

People from Nevis are called Nevisians

Nevis has the Caribbean’s oldest colonized territories

Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas and smallest country in the America both in area and population


Disclosure: Nevis Tourism hosted my trip but as always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

Grab a Bite and Beer by the Sea, at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritavilles by JD Andrews

If you're a Jimmy Buffett fan you'll probably recognize that line from the song, “I Heard I Was In Town.” 

But even if you're not a “parrot head” you’ll fall in love with these two Florida Margaritaville properties, inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett.

The Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach sits on more than 800 feet of gulf-front property, with an additional 800 feet overlooking the bay. This was the first Margaritaville hotel to be built in Florida, back in 2010.

The beachfront hotel features “barefoot elegance” with 162 guest rooms, including 24 Corner King Executive rooms with wrap-around balconies.
(Note: The hotel will be undergoing renovations through early spring 2017.)

Because the hotel is located in Northwest Florida, you'll see both incredible sunrises and sunsets.

When you go…
Margaritaville Beach Hotel
165 Fort Pickens Road
Pensacola Beach, FL   32561

The most recent Margaritaville opened in Hollywood in November 2015.

The 349-room, 17-story destination resort is the perfect place to escape the everyday and just relax. With three pools, a full-service spa, eight restaurants, and a flowrider, there's something for everyone.

In the lobby you’ll find cabana-style seating with rattan furniture along with parrot paintings and Jimmy’s own surfboards hanging on the walls. Look up to see a huge chandelier made up of upside-down margarita glasses. And note the mysterious blue flip-flop sculpture that “blew out” after stepping on a pop-top, according to his famous song.

You'll see beautiful sunrises here, too.

When you go…
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
1111 N Ocean Dr. Hollywood, FL  33019

As Jimmy says, "It's five o’clock somewhere," so cheers to both of these amazing Florida destinations.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA. The opinions and text are all mine.

Exploring Florida's Blackwater River State Park by JD Andrews

Blackwater River State Park, about a half-hour drive from Pensacola, offers canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing and camping. The Blackwater's sandy bottom, white beaches and large sandbars contrast with the dark tannic water that gives the river its name. 

You'll love strolling along the nature trails through more than 600 acres of undisturbed natural beauty.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA. The opinions and text are all mine.