St Kitts and Nevis enjoys record superyacht season
by Sophia Heath
St Kitts and Nevis has had its most successful Caribbean cruising season ever with more than 130 superyachts visiting the region. The islands have seen a 60 per cent increase in the number of megayachts sailing through its waters over the past three years.
The area is aiming to establish itself as a superyacht hub and encourgage more people to explore St Kitts and Nevis with a superyacht charter. This aim has been boosted by the creation of a new marina in Christophe Harbour.
The new St Kitts superyacht marina Christophe Harbour officially opened last February. The marina was the result of years of planning by real estate developer Buddy Darby, owner of charter yacht Andromeda la Dea, and was built in collaboration with local government. In its inaugural season the marina has welcomed 46 boats over 80 feet and has received a lot of positive feedback.
“The reason we wanted to take our boat to Christophe Harbour was to try it out as a base for exploring that area,” said one visitor.
“We have enjoyed Antigua, St Baths, St Kitts and the neighbouring islands many times, but they have lacked a really good, protected anchorage. Christophe Harbour changes all that. It’s fabulous, well-protected and close to some unspoilt and very historic islands.”
“The dock itself is terrific. It’s big, safe and all the necessary service. The marina staff were extremely helpful and assisted with both docking and support,” added another.
The marina offers significantly reduced bunkering costs due to no duties on the import or sale of fuel, provisioning services and state-of-the-art pedestals. It is also home to a waterside bar, called SALT Plage, which has a 25 meter pier that stretches into the sea and is easily accessible by tender.