St Kitts and Nevis gears up yachtingJun 1, 2012 by Guest Writer
Seeing the economic success of neighboring islands, the dual-island Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis is gearing up to attract yacht tourism.
The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has begun to develop a national maritime policy that, in part, will focus on attracting megayacht business to Christophe Harbor and Port Zante.
The Christophe Harbour Development Company (CHDC), a venture led by Charleston, S.C.-based Kiawah Partners, is completing excavation work to make way for larger yachts.
Kiawah Partners is the master developer for Christophe Harbour, a luxury residential resort community with a 300-slip megayacht marina on a 2,500-acre peninsula in the southeastern part of St. Kitts.
The yacht basin at Christophe Harbor now has a depth of 18 feet or more with 15 feet at the harbor entry, the company said. A temporary 240-foot floating dock and superyacht moorings can accommodate six megayachts. The marina does not yet have power or fueling services, but on-site customs clearance is available.
St. Kitts and Nevis is a natural yachting destination given its proximity to other islands such as St. Barth’s, Antigua and St. Maarten.
“With the support of the government and their commitment to expanding the Port Zante marina, we’re hopeful that will help propel the islands as the next great yachting destination,” said Mike Touhill, director of public relations for Kiawah Partners.
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