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 St Kitts & Nevis - Profile

Facts

  • The Federation of St Christopher (more popularly known as St Kitts) and Nevis is part of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles.
  • St Kitts and Nevis are rather off the cruising track. It is a tough return beating against wind and current to more popular Antigua.
  • The rebuilding of Port Zante Marina at Basseterre following hurricane damage means a considerable improvement to facilities; breakwaters have been redesigned to make the marina much more protected from surge than formerly.
  • Although they do not abound in scenic anchorages, the islands themselves are extremely attractive and their interesting past makes visiting ashore a worthwhile experience.
  • Facilities are very basic on Nevis where there are plans to build a small marina at Fort Charles, at the southern end of Charlestown. Another development is planned at the old Newcastle harbour, on the NW side of the island near the airport.

Security

Based on reports to Noonsite from cruisers, petty theft from yachts is on the rise in the Caribbean in general. Cruisers should take basic safety precautions and use common sense when leaving the boat or going ashore at night. Dinghy thieves operate throughout the Caribbean and best advice is to place your dinghy on deck and chain it overnight.

Check the Noonsite Piracy Pages and the Caribbean Safety & Security Net for information on the current island situation.

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net (safetyandsecuritynet@gmail.com) provides information by anchorage or by island, so sailors can plan their cruising in the Caribbean with an eye to appropriate behaviour and precautions wherever they decide to go. Should you have suffered a boarding, robbery or attack on your yacht or have information about a yachting-related security incident, go to the CSSN homepage and click on the "Report an Incident" icon. The associated form is quick and simple to complete and ensures that all the necessary details are reported. The CSSN is the most comprehensive source of Caribbean security incidents against sailors. Remember, it is every cruiser's responsibility to ensure that incidents are reported. Also cruisers can subscribe to e-mail alerts, follow on facebook and twitter and listen to the SSB Voice Service.

The Caribbean Security Index (CSI) is a a tool to assist cruisers in assessing the probability of crime at ports and anchorages throughout the Caribbean. The CSI provides a means of assessing risk in a given area.
http://freecruisingguides.com/caribbean-security-index/

Also be sure to check the Noonsite Piracy & Safety Pages

Last updated October 2015.

Weather

The islands are in the trade wind belt. There is plenty of rainfall on the hills, but it is less humid on the coast. The hurricane season is from June to November.

http://www.antiguamet.com/
Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Office providing public weather forecasts for Antigua & Barbuda, the Leeward Islands and the BVIs.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

There is no customs office at Zante Marina for the time being, but this is still the more convenient place to berth the boat and complete formalities in Basseterre which is best reached by taxi. There are plans for the clearance facilities to be reinstated at Zante Marina.

St. Kitts – St Christophe Harbour - 2014 update: Works are ongoing but seem to be delayed and marina seems quite far from being operational.

Nevis: Charlestown *

St Kitts: Basseterre *

* indicates port of entry

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JGuste
JGuste says:
Nov 05, 2015 04:47 PM

If you consider to drydock the boat during hurricane season I can recommend St Kitts Marine Work near Brimstone Hill on the southwestern coast of St Kitts. The boatyard is located on a field and is very simple. Not much facilities. But I must say it is the cheapest boatyard in the whole Carribbean. I have compared boatyards between Trinidad and Antigua. The solution to do a safe hurricane safe choking is to dig a hole for the keel annd put the boat there and put some truck tires round the hull. Easy and hurricane safe. Google on St Kitts Marine Works. The disadvantage is that there is no boat chandleries on the Island. You have to bring all stuff you need. Close to the boatyard (which is very remote located) is some good apartments for rent while you are working with shut down or the opposite.St Kitts & Nevis has daily flights to Miami. I have more info of my experience if somebody is interested. Give me a mail jan.o.h.guste@gmail.com

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 01, 2014 05:48 PM

Update on clearing in to St Kitts and Nevis: Customs now have an office in the Port Zante marina office (on the second floor of the yellow building). Customs fees were USD $12. There doesn't seem to be a "cruising permit" anymore and they checked us in for both St Kitts and Nevis. As we were only staying a week, they also cleared us out at the same time. You also need to stop at the immigration office and the port authority office. Both are located in the cruise ship "welcome building", immigration on one side the port authority on the other. Port authotity charged USD $13. No immigration fees. I asked about any need to check in at Charlestown in Nevis, and was told that there was no need.
Cheers- SV Perry
www.svperry.com

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