St Kitts - Nevis

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St Kitts - Nevis
17°14.666'N, 062°41.114'W Chart icon.png
St Kitts & Nevis
Capital Basseterre
Language English
Currency East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Time zone (UTC-4)
Calling code +1 869

St. Kitts and Nevis is a nice day's sail from St. Maarten. Depending on wind direction, departing from Phillipsurg may help you avoid a beat. Or sail over from St. Barts, no problem.

One may clear in in Basseterre, St. Kitts, or Charlestown, Nevis. The harbour at Basseterre is a bit "industrial" and customs & immigration is at the deepwater port. Perhaps the best choice is to clear in on Nevis, and pick up a mooring off Pinney's Beach with it's several laid-back beach bar/restaurants. Cruisers tend to congregate at the Double Deuce restaurant, which is at the extreme southern end of Pinney's Beach.

Then, if you like, it's only a short hop to the scenic anchorages on the south east peninsula of St. Kitts--White House Bay, Ballast Bay, Majors Bay, and Banana Bay. Or, take the ferry over to St. Kitts for a taxi tour of the island.

The background and history of St Kitts & Nevis is best observed on Wikipedia


British Admiralty
BA2600 - Mona passage to Domenica
BA4403 - South-east coast of North America, including the Bahamas and Greater Antilles


The climate is tropical with little variation, tempered from December through February by the steady, mild north-easterly breezes called the alizés or trade winds, followed by a slightly hotter and somewhat rainier season from May to November. The Islands lie in the track of tropical hurricanes, developing between August and October. This period has the heaviest rainfall of the year.

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List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


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  • St Kitts St Kitts/wiki/St_Kitts Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Nevis Nevis /wiki/Nevis Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |


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Customs and Immigration


Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared on arrival and these will be bonded by Customs.
An Import permit must be obtained in advance from the Veterinary Services for any pets.

A list of all anchorages that you intend to visit during your stay must be submitted to Customs.


Most countries require a visa to enter St Kitts & Nevis - see current list. Visas are not required for nationals of most West European countries, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


  • The use of jetskis is not allowed.
  • Private scuba diving is not allowed.
  • Do not collect or purchase "Black" or any kind of corals.
  • Nevis only: Do not anchor - use the mooring buoys laid down. See Nevis-Charlestown for details.

Health and Security


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Crime involving cruising yachts is essentially non-existent in St. Kitts and Nevis, however one should still lock the dinghy and button up the boat when ashore as a precaution.



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  • St Kitts St Kitts/wiki/St_Kitts Island icon – island |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
    • Basseterre Basseterre /wiki/Basseterre Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
      • Port Zante Marina Port Zante Marina /wiki/Port_Zante_Marina Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |
  • Nevis Nevis /wiki/Nevis Island icon – island |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
    • Charlestown Charlestown /wiki/Charlestown Port of entry icon – port of entry |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |


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Eating out

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Saint Kitts and Nevis has two international airports. The larger one is Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on the island of Saint Kitts with service outside to the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. The other airport, Vance W. Amory International Airport, is located on the island of Nevis and has flights to other parts of the Caribbean.



Give a short history of the island.)

Places to Visit

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


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