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WorldCaribbeanMiddle AmericaLesser AntillesSt Kitts - NevisNevisCharlestown
Port of Entry
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Charlestown is the capital of the island of Nevis, in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Leeward Islands, West Indies. Charlestown is situated on the leeward side of the island of Nevis, near the southern end of Pinneys Beach. Charlestown has a population of 1,500.


See St Kitts - Nevis.


See St Kitts - Nevis.


See St Kitts - Nevis.


Sailing instructions and sketch charts for navigation are best found in Chris Doyles' "Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands".


Charlestown is a port of entry/exit for St Kitts - Nevis Islands. For details see Entrance: St Kitts - Nevis Islands.

Yachts clearing in to Nevis should pick up one of the five yellow Quarantine bouys located off the ferry dock at Charlestown. The dinghy dock is on the smaller concrete pier just to the south of the ferry pier.

Proceed to Customs, located on the second floor of the Cotton Ginnery, which is through a courtyard behind the dock area. When clearing in be sure to ask for a coastwise cruising permit if you intend to visit other anchorages. Customs is open 0800-1200, 1300-1600 weekdays, and half day on Saturday.

Immigration is located in the police station, to the right on main street about three blocks. Captains should also check in with the Port Authority at the Charlestown dock to arrange for a mooring.

If you have already cleared in on St. Kitts, contact the Nevis Port Authority on VHF 16 when approaching the island and ask for instructions.

The Nevis Port Authority has installed 100 yacht mooring buoys along the western coast, and now requires yachts to pick up a mooring; anchoring is no longer permitted. The mooring fields are laid out at Pinney's Beach (from the Double Deuce to Sunshine's), Nelson's Spring, Cades Bay, Tamarind Bay (5) and Oualie Bay (3). The moorings are first class.

Mooring fees for 2008-2010 are:

  • Up to 35' - $10 US for up to two days, $15 for 3-7 days;
  • 36' - 60' - $15 US for up to two days, $20 for 3-7 days;
  • 61' - 90' - $20 US for up to two days, $25 for 3-7 days.
  • The fees are the total cost for the time period, not per day.

Contact informaton: Port Authority phone: +1 (869) 469 0788/0651;


First class moorings are available at very reasonable prices compared to other islands.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Nevis has no marina, although plans are in the works.

Port Zante Marina, in Basseterre on St. Kitts offers slips, fuel and water. Call +1 (869) 469-5021 and ask to be connected to the marina, or hail them on VHF 16.


Gallows Bay

Gallows Bay/wiki/Charlestown#Gallows_Bay
Anchorage icon Gallows Bay [[Charlestown#Gallows Bay|Gallows Bay]] 17°08.237'N, 062°37.948'W
Five yellow quarantine buoys for clearing in.


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  • The Boat Store at Caribbean Canvas on Prince William Street in Charlestown has a limited inventory of boat related items
  • Hardware stores are TDC, Hosford's and Island Tyres
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Eating out

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See StKitts Nevis.



Historically, in colonial times, the town of Charlestown was protected by Fort Charles to the south and Fort Black Rocks to the north. Many of the oldest two-story stone buildings were severely damaged over time by earthquakes, which tended to cause the upper story to collapse into the lower story. This unfortunate design flaw led to the common practice of building a wooden upper floor above a stone ground floor.

Charlestown was the birthplace and childhood home of Alexander Hamilton.

Places to Visit

The restored stone building of Alexander Hamilton's place of birth now houses the Museum of Nevis History on the ground floor and the Nevis Island Administration Assembly Room on the upper floor. There are two other museums in Charlestown: the Nelson Museum, and the Nevis Sport Museum, as well as the Philatelic Bureau.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads



See StKitts Nevis.


We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

  • Many agree that Nevis is home to the friendliest people in the eastern Caribbean!

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