St. Kitts Yacht Charter Guide
A St. Kitts yacht charter delivers the ultimate Caribbean holiday. Experience idyllic island hopping from deserted cays to fashionable harbors.
A hidden jewel among the archipelago of Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, St. Kitts hits the sweet spot in terms of location and facilities for the yachting set. Whether you are looking for a week-long itinerary or a long weekend, St. Kitts is the perfect link in an enticing chain. If you crave a Caribbean idyll with a swirling blend of volcanic black sand mixed with white coral particles, lush rainforests and relaxed charm, then St. Kitts has all the essentials in abundance. Both ashore and on the water, the island offers an exotic concoction of modern chic and laidback Caribbean attitude, with endless opportunities of fun and adventure.
Boasting warm and steady tradewinds, safe harbors and beaches galore, St. Kitts is the winter destination of choice for many superyachts. Arrive in absolute style and take advantage of the private jet terminal with exclusive KayanJet Lounge facilities. Slowly acclimatize to life in the Caribbean, spending a night aboard your yacht or enjoying one of the luxury properties on the island.
ST. KITTS & NEVIS (2 NAUTICAL MILES)
Spend a few days cruising around St. Kitts, dropping anchor for a refreshing dip in some of the finest blue waters in the Caribbean. Late afternoon head across the Narrows to the island of Nevis for a round of golf at the Four Seasons Robert Trent Jones II designed course before heading back to St. Kitts to berth at Christophe Harbour. Step ashore to SALT Plage – a fantastic setting built on the foundations of the Old Salt Factory – for a cocktail with the yachting crowd.
Anchor in the stunning waters of Frigate Bay and spend the afternoon enjoying watersports on “The Strip” and stay into the evening for a true toes-in-the-sand Caribbean-style “jump-up”.
ST. KITTS TO ST. EUSTATIUS (12 NAUTICAL MILES)
After exploring St. Kitts many heritage sites, such as the Brimstone Hill Fortess UNESCO World Heritage Site, relax on board as you cruise towards the tiny island of St. Eustatius. Step ashore to experience a laid-back Caribbean with a few places to eat and a little bit of history to contemplate.
ST. EUSTATIUS TO SABA (21 NAUTICAL MILES)
Cruise towards the island of Saba – as you approach the volcanic island seemingly rises out of the sea. Perfect for energetic hikers, explore the dramatic scenery inland. Saba doesn’t have any beaches but offers plenty of diving opportunities for the skilled scuba divers in the charter party. Spend a peaceful night anchored off the tranquil island.
SABA TO ST. BARTHS (31 NAUTICAL MILES)
Cruise north to the quintessentially chic St. Barths – the Caribbean’s take on St. Tropez, this is the place to go for pristine beaches, calm waters and gourmet restaurants. Take the tender to the bustling waterfront at Gustavia before anchoring off Shell Beach. Step ashore for cocktails and canapés at Do Brazil and discover the French island’s joie de vivre.
ST. BARTHS TO ANGUILLA (30 NAUTICAL MILES)
Discover the low-lying coral island of Anguilla with its 12 miles of blinding white sand beaches and fabulous culinary scene. The most northerly of the Leewards, the island has excellent restaurants with wine lists to please a French sommelier. Spend the day in and around the reef-protected shallows of Shoal Bay East.
ANGUILLA TO ST. MARTIN (15 NAUTICAL MILES)
Cross over to St. Martin/St. Maarten. The island enjoys a dual personality – part Dutch, part French – and has exuberant night spots, duty-free shops and exciting casinos promising an upbeat, cosmopolitan experience.
DAY 9 (OVERNIGHT)
ST. MARTIN TO ANTIGUA (90 NAUTICAL MILES)
Cruise around the beautiful island of Antigua, jumping in to discover some of the finest coral reefs in the Caribbean. The island also boasts a rich colonial past and is steeped in maritime history.
ANTIGUA TO ST. KITTS (56 NAUTICAL MILES)
Cruise back to St. Kitts and spend a few days ashore, relaxing on one the islands’ fine beaches and stretching those sea legs with a hike up the extinct volcano and around the wide summit crater of Mount Liamuiga.
For guests looking to explore the island’s stunning interior or spend a few nights ashore before or after their charter, St. Kitts offers the quintessential Caribbean experience.
St. Kitts specializes in catering to the specific needs of the yachting crowd and boasts two fully-serviced marinas.
The island features a wide range of properties located in or close to the bustling area of Frigate Bay, from beachfront villas and condos, to hotels and charming inns.
- Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour
- St. Kitts Marriott Resort
- Royal St. Kitts Hotel
- Timothy Beach Resort
- Koi Resort Saint Kitts, Curio Collection by Hilton
RESTAURANTS & BARS
Most charters tend to combine dining both aboard and ashore for the duration of a yacht charter. Restaurants are strategically located throughout St. Kitts, the majority of which take advantage of the spectacular sea views from various vantage points.
- The Pavilion
- Spice Mill
- Sprat Net
- El Fredo’s
- Vibes Beach Bar
- Buddies Beach Hut
GOLF & SPAS
For those seeking laid-back and soothing Caribbean experiences ashore, look no further than St. Kitts’ scenic golf courses and full-service spa facilities.
- Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, St. Kitts Marriott Resort
- Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course, Four Seasons Resort Nevis
- The Sugar Mill Spa & Sanctuary, Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour
- Emerald Mist Spa, St. Kitts Marriott Resort
THINGS TO DO
During a yacht charter, you can explore the island from every aspect, dropping anchor in any of the naturally protected coves that dot the coastline. Spend days swimming in the clear blue waters before taking the tender ashore to discover the island’s plethora of cultural and heritage sites and natural wonders.
- Catch the St. Kitts and Nevis Masquerades performing rhythmic dances in colorful and intricate costumes
- Head to Basseterre with its colonial clapboard and Georgian-style colonial buildings home to boutiques and galleries
- The south-west coast also offers plenty of sheltered anchorages with bays for all manner of watersports
- Watch the islands’ spectacular ‘green flash’ at sunset from SALT Plage, Christophe Harbour
- Step ashore for the occasional rum punch at Pinney’s Beach, Nevis
- Play a game of golf at the Four Seasons Robert Trent Jones II designed course, Nevis
- Take advantage of the private jet terminal with exclusive KayanJet Lounge facilities
Northrop & Johnson can create a unique itinerary for a St. Kitts yacht charter. Those looking for a longer charter could cruise through the entire Leeward Island archipelago. Spread in a lazy curve with Antigua to the south and Anguilla to the north, the following itinerary is just a sample of what the islands have to offer.