Congratulations on your new job, if that works out for you. I saw it advertised in the local newspaper. Lucky for you, I'm retired!
We've lived here about a year and a half. We found Nevis while cruising the islands a few years ago. We sold out in the States, and bought a home in Fern Hill Gardens, which is at about 450' elevation, up above Jessups Village, and the Four Seasons golf course.
The issue of what to charge for the new government
moorings has been a bit confusing. They took forever to come up with the transient rates, and are still cogitating on long-term rates. I've been on mine since mid-November, and have yet to pay, but I'm sure I'll be asked to settle up sometime soon. The transient rates are posted here: Charlestown - CruiserlogWiki
A friend of ours sailed in for a few days in December, and they charged him $20 US for four days on a mooring
. He could have stayed seven days for that amount. Pretty reasonable, actually.
The Cruising Permit comes with your practique fee when you clear in. They charge me $30 EC (just over $11 US) for my 38 footer. With that, you are good for 30 days at the anchorage you specify and can cruise
to to others that you ask to be listed on your Cruising Permit. But for some odd reason, the Cruising Permit is only valid for seven days. You can renew it, and I don't think they charge you for that. They really ought to change that.
If you move here with a job at the Four Seasons, you'll have a work permit, so you will have a Visa for longer than 30 days.
When we first sailed to St. Kitts in 2004, we cleared in at Basseterre and stayed for a few days. When we sailed to Nevis, we were required to go to Customs and clear in to Nevis. I was told that I could sail back to St Kitts and anchor
in the bays noted on my cruising permit, but could not go ashore unless I cleared in to St Kitts again. I've heard a rumor they've done away with that requirement, but I'm not sure, since we take the ferry
if we need to go to St. Kitts.
Hope things work out for you. Nevis is a great spot to live in th Caribbean.