Luxury yacht charters St Kitts
Luxury yacht charters in St Kitts and Nevis transport you to a Caribbean haven bursting with old-world charm, where colourful beach shacks and friendly locals can be found alongside well-preserved plantation houses and vertiginous green peaks.
As the smallest country in the Americas, St Kitts and Nevis are a jewel in the Leeward Islands’ crown. Located at the meeting point between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, they are of historical importance while also maintaining outstanding natural beauty. Once the keystone in the British colonial presence within the Caribbean, with a large number of sugar plantations, today the islands’ economies are dominated by tourism.
The larger of the two islands, St Kitts has black-sand beaches, luxury resorts and a more developed infrastructure. With a quarter of the island designated as national park, presided over by a dormant volcano, the increasing number of visitors have not encroached on the abundant wildlife. Visiting St Kitts by superyacht gives you the opportunity to cherry pick the best parts of the island while avoiding the growing crowds.
Neighbouring Nevis is the little sister of St Kitts, with a more low-key and reserved nature. Once known as Sweet Island after its sugar plantations, it has become a haven for Caribbean veterans with discerning tastes looking to avoid the clamour of resort-heavy islands elsewhere.
What kind of experiences are there to enjoy on a yacht charter in St Kitts?
Thanks to the significant portion of protected land, there are ample opportunities for fantastic hiking through the seemingly prehistoric jungle with enormous ferns, colourful orchids, spectacular birds of paradise, iridescent hummingbirds and curious green vervet monkeys. On St Kitts, the American Oceanic Rainforest can be found above 300 metres (1,000 feet), with its rare ecosystem and kaleidoscopic array of green hues. On Nevis, the truly energetic might attempt an ascent of the island’s ever-visible 975-metre (3,200-feet) Nevis Peak, with its crown of wispy white cloud.
As the oldest and wealthiest of the English colonies in the Caribbean, there are over 250 heritage sites to explore on luxury yacht charters in St Kitts and Nevis. Head to the west of St Kitts for Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a well-preserved historically important fortification from the late 1600s that has UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
For other activities ashore, there are a number of well-respected golf courses including the Royal St Kitts Golf Course and the Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course on Nevis. A highly anticipated Tom Fazio-designed championship 18-hole course set 150 metres (500 feet) above the sea is expected to soon be completed within the Christophe Harbour luxury residential resort.
The purpose-built superyacht marina in Christophe Harbour, St Kitts, gives yacht charter guests a chance to enjoy the resort’s private beach club, restaurants, bars and spa. For a day enjoying the sand between your toes and the sound of gently lapping water, head to Timothy Beach on the narrowest part of the island, where a handful of laid-back beach shacks play soft reggae and calypso beats and serve up fresh, local fare.
Those who enjoy exploring coral reefs and wreck dives will not be disappointed, with plenty of sites to choose from, in particular off Nevis.
When is the best time to charter a yacht in St Kitts?
The main charter season in St Kitts falls between December and April. Average temperatures in St Kitts are generally stable year-round, with highs of approximately 27C (81F) in December and 30C (86F) in April. The sea temperature between December and April is usually around 27C (81F).
Where can you visit on luxury yacht charters in St Kitts?
The largest town on St Kitts is the capital Basseterre, which is also the location of the island’s international airport.
The only town on Nevis is Charlestown, though there are few shops compared to other Caribbean islands in the region. Otherwise, the various renovated plantations scattered across the island offer fantastic dining opportunities with distinct French gourmet leanings, and many have private beaches.
What are the major yachting ports in St Kitts?
Superyachts of up to 76 metres (250 feet) can dock at the purpose-built luxury resort and marina at Christophe Harbour, which has been designated the official port of entry status. Port Zante in Basseterre has some superyacht-berthing capabilities both on its 91-metre (300-feet) pier as well as the nearby cruise ship dock.