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.
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 a few hours on the open water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Check out the chart below to find contact information for area day sail providers.
|Blue Water Safaris||(869) 466-4933||Princes Street - Downtown Basseterre|
|Captain Sunshine||(869) 663-9290||Old Road Town|
|Leeward Islands Charters||(869) 465-7474||Fort Street - Downtown Basseterre|
|Speedy 4 Charters||(869) 466-1472||Frigate Bay|
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.
Is your plan to sail to Basseterre using your own vessel, or a charter from a different location? Check out the listing below to get basic information for marinas in the area.
|(869) 465-9755||Christophe Harbour|
|--||Port Zante - Downtown Basseterre|
|--||5.6 mi. (8.9 km) South of Dieppe Bay Town|
|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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