14 May to 19 May
The port office in St. Bart’s let us check out yesterday so we could leave very early in the morning for St. Kitts. We had a great sail all the way to the NW corner of St. Kitts, where we turned and motor/sailed to Basseterre to check in. There were no cruise ships docked, so Port Zante was empty, and we were able to check in quickly. In St. Kitts you have to go to 3 offices: customs, immigration and the port authority. Fortunately the offices are close to each other and the officers were very nice and helpful. We checked in and out including Nevis (Take a note, the custom office formerly located at Deepwater Harbor is closed) Basseterre was a very rolly anchorage so we decided to motor to White House Bay after we checked in. White House bay is very beautiful, calm and very well protected. We enjoyed a couple of nights relaxing and snorkeling and cleaning the boat.
Friday morning we left for Nevis. We had a nice, short and smooth sail. We picked up a mooring ball (mandatory) at Pinney’s Beach in front of Mount Nevis, and took the dinghy to Charlestown to pay for the mooring ball. There are no gas stations in town and the fuel at the dock is delivered by truck so we took a taxi to buy fuel for the dinghy. Later in the day we dinghied to the Sunshine Bar to try their famous Killer Bee drink, it was ok. The restaurant is a little over rated, or maybe they were just having a bad day. Sunshine said he was short staffed and it showed. The service was very slow. The food was ok. We did enjoy their music from the boat at night and the Four Seasons put on a fireworks display. The next day we took a taxi to the Golden Rock Plantation where we did a 3 hours hike inside the rainforest. We saw lots of goats, pigs, donkeys and monkeys. The views from the hills were amazing, and we were able to get a clear view of the Nevis’s Peak, without clouds covering it. After the hike we had an amazing lunch at Golden Rock and walked around the plantation, it is such a beautiful place, very lovely, full of colorful plants. We decided to stay one more day at Nevis and take a taxi tour around the island. Sam from Sam’s taxi service took us to all the historical sites on the island. Nevis has so much architectural heritage and beautiful plantations to see, we loved it.