Main Street, Charlestown © Aaron Vos
The unassuming capital of Nevis is one of the most charming towns in the Caribbean, with a small population and a tranquil atmosphere to match. Eighteenth and 19th century Georgian buildings remain from the colonial era, with ground floors of stone and wooden structures upstairs, a building custom that came about due to the destruction caused by the frequent earthquakes of the 1800s.
Part of Charlestown's vivid history was the birth of Alexander Hamilton, the great American statesman, whose family estate home has been turned into a museum of Nevis history as well as Hamilton memorabilia. Charlestown is also the site of the Jewish cemetery, a reminder of the Sephardic Jews whose sought-after sugar processing techniques were responsible for the ultimate success and prosperity of the sugar industry on the island.