Nevis is an island in the Caribbean, located near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 220 miles southeast of Puerto Rico and 50 miles west of Antigua. The 36 square-mile island is part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies. The capital of Nevis is Charlestown. Nevis, along with Saint Kitts, forms the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The two islands are separated by a shallow 2-mile channel, known as 'The Narrows'. Nevis is conical in shape, with a volcanic peak, Nevis Peak, at the center.
The island is fringed on three sides by long sand beaches, and has a coastline intermittently protected by coral reefs. The most popular beach is the 4-mile long Pinney's Beach, on the western or Caribbean coast. The gently sloping coastal plain has natural fresh water springs, as well as non-potable volcanic hot springs, especially along the west coast.