Yachts sailing to the beautiful Caribbean will soon have a new and exciting waypoint to dial into the GPS: 17° 14’ N; 62° 45’ W. This is the position of Christophe Harbour on the island of St. Christopher (St. Kitts), one of the newest resorts and marinas in the Lesser Antilles.
Located in the heart of the cruising grounds between Antigua and St. Maarten, in what was once a salt pond, Christophe Harbour is set on 2,500 acres of natural bays, bluffs, and beaches on the southeastern peninsula of St. Kitts. The centerpiece of the new development is a 300-slip superyacht marina and village that is due for completion in 2014. The first phase of the marina development calls for one dock with 20 alongside berths to accommodate vessels from 148.5 to 214.5ft (45 to 65m) in length.
“Saint Kitts is part of the twin-island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, which means twice the adventure for charter guests or for a crew stop,” says Marina Project Manager Aeneas Hollins. “There’s something for everyone – beautiful white-sand beaches, UNESCO world heritage sites to explore, vibrant cultural arts displays throughout the year and endless outdoor adventure opportunities.”
As the Caribbean continues to develop as a destination, Hollins says that the new marina will compliment existing regional highlights, a home port for some – a charter hub for others. “The entry channel will be maintained to 20ft (6m) depth, there will be no bridge to negotiate and our max vessel LOA is 300ft (91m) operating within the marina.”
While captains and crews will relish the thought of a new, sheltered, Caribbean superyacht marina with ease of access, charter guests will delight in the facilities ashore. The dynamic resort features elegant residences, a Park Hyatt, St. Kitts hotel, Tom Fazio golf course (under construction), and beachside pavilion.
Vessels wishing to visit Christophe Harbour can find secure anchorage in Whitehouse Bay. And although parts of the marina are still under construction, many of the services are in place, these include (as a designated port of entry):
- on-site customs
- VIP clearance for private jets and yachts
- ground transfers
- personal concierge service
- access to Beach Club pool
- dining and bar
- daily refuse collection
- tender dock
- 24-hour safety and security
- complimentary WiFi.
For yachts wishing to provision, supermarkets are available only 15 minutes from the site and repair facilities and marine stores are all planned for future phases.
For more on St. Kitts and Nevis, visit: www.stkittstourism.kn