Why St Kitts is the Superyacht Destination of the Moment

By Editorial Team   15 October 2015

The tiny island of St Kitts with its unspoiled natural beauty, secluded Caribbean beaches and fascinating history is on the rise as one of the most desirable destinations to visit on a luxury yacht charter. With help from the ultra-modern superyacht Christophe Harbour marina, the island has a new lease of life attracting an increasing number of yacht owners and charterers to discover anew what her opulent shores have to offer.

In February 2015 superyacht owner Buddy Darby witnessed the opening of his $100 million project, finally revealing St Kitts to the yachting world. As the owner of the magnificent Perini Navi sailing yacht ‘Andromeda la Dea’, Darby knew first-hand what the quiet waters of St Kitts was in need of - 300 berths 24 of which are capable of accommodating 45 to 67-metre superyachts to be exact. It was an ambitiously scaled project but Darby was resolute in developing a resort that featured innovative amenities and state-of-the-art facilities.

seating area at new Christophe Marina in st kitts
plans for Christophe Marina in St Kitts

Providing 24/7 security, a high-tech turning basin, and 5* boutique shore-side village are just a handful of features that the marina boasts in order to create an exclusive and hassle-free port for visiting superyachts. Darby has been able to turn 2,500 acres into a stylish seclusion with six peaceful beaches, and dazzling nightlife and beach bars in order to make St Kitts a prime location for island hopping on a yacht charter between Antigua and St Barts. The rest of St Kitts’ appeal and abundant natural beauty has been unlocked to visitors who will discover it reaped in history with remnants of old mills from the sugar trade and fascinating architecture which reflects the islands' past.

in a prime location between Antigua and St Barts in the heart of the Eastern Caribbean charter, St Kitts is a destination to look out for

The azure waters lap against spectacular dark volcanic rock sands and are perfect for snorkelling, diving and fishing whilst below the surface you’ll discover countless shipwrecks that are captivating explorations due the plethora of rainbow marine life that call them home. The 27°C waters ensure your underwater adventures around Black Coral Reef and your idyllic dips in uninterrupted waters are as effortless and tranquil as your vacation. Equally, ashore you’ll find botanical gardens and a breath-taking landscape blanketed with lush rainforests that circle the islands volcano. For spectacular views of the landscape of St Kitts, take a climb to the top of the volcano where you’ll be met with sights of a thriving island.

St Kitts mountains in the Caribbean
diving at Shipwreck in St Kitts
volcano and rainforest in st kitts, Caribbean

Like the rest of the Caribbean, St Kitts boasts a tropical climate year-round and instead of higher summer temperatures, the winter months between May and October generally see daily short rainstorms. For such an idyllic island it is almost empty of boats meaning finding a quiet beach, cove or spot to drop anchor any time of the day will be the easiest decision you make - endeavouring to decide what you would prefer to drink in the warmth of the Caribbean sun will be the toughest.

days of relaxation or activities along the harbour’s edge, dazzling nightlife inside the harbour village, and tranquility hidden in the hillside and on the shores

white-sand St Kitts beach in the Caribbean
exterior view of Yu Lounge in St Kitts

Waterfront markets that dot the island sell incredible fresh local produce from the catch-of-the-day to juicy mangos, making it increasingly easy for your chef to cook some delectable meals using only the best local ingredients. In addition to delights such as this that St Kitts has to offer, the longer and more flexible restaurant hours, increase in the speed of yacht entry to the new marina, and improved helipad facilities - with a plush private Yu Lounge, St Kitts has seen an upsurge in the number of luxury yachts visiting the island over the past three years. With an increase of approximately 60% visiting yachts recorded from 2012 to 2015, the improved amenities and local facilities look likely to attract record numbers to the enchanting island in the next 3 years.

nighttime at Beach bar in St Kitts

In a prime location between Antigua and St Barts in the heart of the Eastern Caribbean charter and cruising grounds, with the exclusive new Christophe Harbour, St Kitts is a destination on the rise and one to truly look out for. Island dining is at its finest with restaurants surrounded by palms and fire pits using only the best seasonal ingredients, and the ability to carry on your evening amidst the cool ocean breeze and golden sunsets is simple with exclusive bars open till the early hours selling crisp champagne and signature cocktails. The island offers opulence and an abundance of history throughout its lands to create the ideal balance for a cultural and relaxing yacht charter vacation with friends and family.

For your chance to be a part of this yacht-friendly revolution in St Kitts, view all luxury yachts available for charter in the Caribbean and for help on planning your itinerary contact your preferred charter broker.

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