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Basseterre is one of the most attractive towns in the Caribbean, with a range of both French and English architecture.

Following its virtual destruction by hurricanes George and Lenny in 2003, the entrance and protective breakwater of the marina have been redesigned so to render it calm and safe from surge. However that said, cruisers have reported a 20 degree roll here which makes it unsafe for yachts in certain weather conditions.

Cruise ships arrive every day during high season and their life boats take priority on the main wall, bringing in hundreds of passengers.

Position 17° 17'10"N, 62° 43'14"W.

Clearance

See St. Kitts & Nevis Formalities for full details on clearance.

On approach, call Customs on VHF channel 16 for instructions.

Clearance is handled at the Customs Office at Port Zante Marina (on the second floor of the yellow building).

The Immigration office and the Port Authority offices are both located in the cruise ship "welcome building"; Immigration on one side and the Port Authority on the other.

Note however that Immigration are not present at the cruise ship "welcome building" at weekends, so a visit to the airport is necessary.

Note: As from the end of June 2012, the E-SeaClear system has been discontinued.

Last updated October 2016.

Customs
Marina Office , Port Zante Marina
Tel: (869) 465-2521 ext. 1077 (Basseterre) Fax:(869) 465-4040 ,VHF Channel 16
Opening hours: 06:00-19:00(Mon-Fri), 06:00-09:00(Sat), 15:00-17:00(Sun)
Customs now has an office at the marina.

Docking

Due to the rolly nature of the anchorage here, berthing in the Zante marina is the more comfortable option, or many boats head around to White House Bay for a comfortable night's sleep. There is good holding here and WiFi available at the beach bar.

The marina is located west of the deep water dock. Care must be taken on approaching the marina at night as many of the pilings from the original cruise ship dock are still there. Contact the marina manager on VHF CH 16 or 68 to arrange a berth.

The marina is very small and only has a few berths available for visiting yachts, all the others are occupied with local boats. There is no dedicated dinghy dock.

A new marina for superyachts opened at Christophe Harbour in February 2015. It has a wide access channel, 24 alongside berths from 45-65 meters and duty free in-slip fueling.
www.ChristopheHarbour.com

Other good anchorages on St Kitts include Ballast Bay, Shitten Bay (good snorkelling), Majors Bay, and Cockleshell Bay.

Last updated November 2016.

Port Zante Marina
Building #9 , Port Zante , Basseterre, St.Kitts
Tel:(869) 466-5021 Fax:(869) 466-5020 ,VHF Channel 68
Water, electricity, and cable are available. Fuel is now available directly on the eastern dock. 24 hour security. Maximum beam in most slips is about 15' but there are some extra-wide slips which can take multi-hulls. The marina depth is said to be 13' but care should be taken near the new rock wall as some boulders may have rolled away from the base of the wall. Restaurants, bars and provisions all within walking distance.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 10, 2015 02:35 PM

This comment posted on main St. Kitts page:
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

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Jun 04, 2014 07:37 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

Paul Lever
Paul Lever says:
Feb 01, 2014 08:17 PM

Anchored off the marina. Marina did not charge for dinghy tie up. Customs/Immigration is at the cruise ship dock in the green building with the round roof, about 1 block from the marina. Customs/Immigration is in the second door on left. Port Control is first door on right. $12US for customs/immigration and $12US for Port control. This covered Kitts and Nevis -- no list of anchorages was asked for, nor was there any place to fill them in.

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