Sailing and Boating Near Basseterre

Sailing options are plentiful in Basseterre

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The official port of entry on St. Kitts is at Port Zante in Basseterre, where yachters have to co-exist with much bigger vessels such as cruise ships to find a place to dock.  Though the facilities are great, this is worrisome to many who will end up choosing to charter a yacht upon arrival in town or sign up for a boat tour rather than sail directly to the island themselves.   

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

The sailing tours offered out of Basseterre tend to be more about luxury and relaxation than action and adventure.  Most offer a few hours of sailing up and down the coast with the inclusion of snacks and beverages, while some will have a full meal.  You might also be able to find a tour guide that will anchor the boat and let guests dive in for some swimming and snorkeling. 

If you're just wanting to enjoy some time on the water, without the cost and responsibility associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Take a look at the chart below for information on area excursion providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Blue Water Safaris (869) 466-4933 Princes Street - Downtown Basseterre
Captain Sunshine (869) 663-9290 Old Road Town
Leeward Islands Charters (869) 465-7474 Bay Road - Basseterre
Speedy 4 Charters (869) 466-1472 Manchester Ave - Frigate Bay

Boat Rentals and Charters

You can skip the hassle of sailing internationally without having to forgo time spend out exploring local waters by hiring a charter when you arrive.  Most local companies also offer a knowledgeable local sailor as part of the package, but if you've got the credentials you may be able to get a bareboat charter. 


If you do decide to sail to the island, your first job when you arrive in Basseterre will be to go to customs at Port Zante where an official will check the boat's paperwork and store list, then go to immigrations at the police station where everyone aboard must present their passports.  If approved by both parties, you will then be responsible for paying a $7.50(USD) customs charge.  Note that if you have plans to sail to Nevis at any point you will need to request a Boat Pass that will prevent you from having to go through customs a second time.

If you have any questions about sailing to St. Kitts, you can contact the marina manager of Port Zante at 869-466-5021 or over the VHF Radio at channels 16 and 68.  It is there that you'll be docking your boat, at the 36 slip marina which can accommodate boats up to 100 feet in length. 

Planning to reach Basseterre using a vessel you own, or one you charter elsewhere? This next table provides a quick summary of nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location
Christopher Harbour Marina (869) 465-9755 Christophe Harbour
Marina at Port Zante -- Port Zante - Downtown Basseterre
New Guine Marina -- 5.6 mi. (8.9 km) South of Dieppe Bay Town
Nearby Anchorages
Name Location Latitude Longitude
Anchorage Frigate Bay - Frigate Bay 17.2804873591 -62.6899838448

With so many options available to those visiting Basseterre, some time spent on a boat is an absolute must.  Whether you sail in yourself, charter a boat when you arrive, or participate in a tour by catamaran, something almost magical awaits.  


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