Written by Eva Belanyiova
St Kitts and Nevis and Christophe Harbour are celebrating a record-breaking year for superyacht traffic. The 2015/2016 Caribbean season has seen the destination welcome almost 200 hundred yachts of over 22 metres, with 87% vessels classified as superyachts, measuring 30-metres and more. This is a 20% growth each year in large yacht traffic in St Kitts and Nevis for the fourth consecutive year.
“It has been a really exciting season for Christophe Harbour and St Kitts and Nevis,” says Aeneas Hollins, director of yachting at The Marina at Christophe Harbour. “The number of superyachts spending time here has continued to grow, with almost half of them stopping over at The Marina at Christophe Harbour. Yachts are staying longer, making the most of our state-of-the-art facilities and yacht services, as well as all that St Kitts and Nevis have to offer – friendly locals, culture, incredible food and stunning natural surrounding. We are seeing many of the yachts come back and visit again throughout the season.”
89% of superyachts coming to the Federation clear into St Kitts, which shows an important shift from past years and the influence of their many services, such as expedited VIP customs and immigration services.
Christophe Harbour provides competitively priced in-slip, duty-free fuelling, state-of-the-art marina facilities, provisioning and concierge services and YU Lounge, the VIP private jet terminal for guests to arrive into, which makes St Kitts the perfect Gateway to the Caribbean, a fantastic place to begin and end charters in the region.
Avoiding the overcrowding of more traditional Caribbean superyacht hubs, St Kitts and Christophe Harbour provide an exclusive, five-star location to embark and disembark for guests, as well as an excellent place for the crew to prepare for charters. With islands like St Barths, Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda and St Maarten within easy cruising distance, it is easy to create the perfect charter itinerary from St Kitts. The construction of the Customs House, one of the principal points of the marina village, is progressing very well and The Marina at Christophe Harbour has also recently seen the installation of an innovative fuel farm able to deliver 125 US gallons of duty-free fuel per minute in slip to visiting yachts. Developments such as this at are not only enhancing the superyacht infrastructure on the island, but also the regional infrastructure, and as a result, the number of luxury yachts and superyachts spending time in St Kitts and Nevis will only continue to grow.