Add the twin-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis to the growing list of countries looking to welcome megayachts into their harbors.
A 2,500-acre resort is being developed in conjunction with the government of St. Kitts along the southeast peninsula, pictured here. Christophe Harbour will, among other things, feature 40 to 60 berths for yachts up to 300 feet. Owners and crew will be able to take advantage of a yacht club and captain’s lounge, dockside provisioning, fueling, maintenance and repair, wi-fi, a heliport, and the services of two five-star hotels, one a Mandarin Oriental hotel, the other an Auberge resort. Other amenities will include high-end shops, restaurants, condos, and a golf course designed by Tom Fazio. The developers plan to take an eco-friendly approach to the marina’s construction, which is in a natural harbor, to preserve the shoreline, water, and nearby coral reefs.
You’ll have to wait ’til 2010 for the marina to open. But nothing should stop you from visiting the island now, as it’s truly one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean. I visited about a decade ago, and even with the passage of time, I’m told it’s still as unspoiled.