Gustavia, St Barths
- Easiest, Most Professional & Friendliest. Captain only needed with boat
papers - surprising that immigration was not that high on their list - so we HAD to request that they stamp our passports - but they were very gracious. Park/Mooring fee is done at natural resources park office (open part time) down the dock
- H3 knows better than me - we took the DD/Sunshine (between the two-late in the afternoon) mooring route
. Next am early, the journey began. I will give them a break because they had computer problems & a very belligerent comm'l captain that put a wrench in the "gears".
Think I was 2nd or 3rd in line of pleasure craft. One Captain at a time - no crew necessary/allowed - just boat papers/passport info to fill out forms. After Customs, it was a walk to the police station for immigration, next stop Port Authority office (adjacent to Customs) to pay for mooring / entry permit
and then return to Customs to prove we went to all the places we were told to hit. Belligerent Captain still in the mix - baseball bat in the hands of Custom agent just in case. I did get the cruising permit/permission to travel the federation - Total time - 1.5 to 2 hrs.....
I checked out of St. Kitts at the new cruise ship
bldg - Computers
were up but since our stuff was unable to be entered on the front end - it took time to input then get Zarpe.
- I would also agree that taking the ferry would be easiest. Tough part is getting to Customs/Immigration vs anchorage. Only truly safe/ tenable one near downtown is the marina in the new Cruise ship
complex because Basseterre is an open / south facing town without a protected anchorage. We needed water
(empty) so we chose to stop there vs filling at the comm'l dock in Nevis - tricky at best & shorthanded. We were visiting St. Kitts anyway - anchored at White House Bay - and did our island travel from there. Last morning, we hit the marina (pre-arranged) crew did water
& ice while I did Customs checkout.
- Pretty laid back - done at Commercial
(and I do mean comm'l - huge oil
terminal activity plus other ships unloading) dock
Customs - Friendly ladies - simple form Captain only necessary
Immigration - Police station annex connected to Customs - he just happened to drive up as we were walking out - guess we would have had to hit the town station if not there - he did a quick look & it was over. Check out with customs very easy - I walked in to ask about best time since we were leaving next am - they offered to do it on the spot & I did not even have my papers with me - they just pulled their copy & I was on my way with zarpe. Left the next am.
- this was a rolly to very rolly(depending on tug traffic and swell angle) anchorage. maybe in the winter with different wind
angle it might be different.........not on my list to return.
- 8/05.......very friendly & helpful ladies - Customs & Immigration in same bldg at Road Bay. Read Cruising Guide & Noonsite as they have a tricky cruising & park mooring fee schedule if you take your boat to the various anchorages
. We passed on that (minimal fee) and hit a couple of beaches, etc with out dinghy
& 9.9 outboard
(only 2 people). If you have a big crew than it might not be bad pp.