Megayacht tourism

Nice article on concerning marina projects for Megayachts, including plan of Sandy Ground Marina :

by Gregory Weykamp
Anguilla, the northernmost of the Leeward Islands along the eastern edge of the Caribbean, is a beautiful island nation of just 15,000 residents. Known for its quiet and peaceful beaches, friendly locals, and a distinct lack of American style franchise chains that clutter so many other Caribbean islands, Anguilla has made a conscious effort to focus its efforts on protecting the authentic character of the island by concentrating on serving a smaller number of tourists, but at a much higher level of service. Rather than compete for the mass market cruise ship industry, which could easily overwhelm the natural resources and culture of the island, Anguilla has set its sights on providing a new destination for the hundreds of super and mega yachts that cruise the Caribbean.

Located just 12.8km (8mi) north of Saint Martin, Anguilla is a very desirable alternative to the more crowded beaches and cruise ports for those looking for a different experience. While large yachts regularly visit the waters around Anguilla, there are currently no dedicated facilities for berthing private yachts of any size anywhere on the island. Visiting yachts must anchor offshore or utilise one of the very few mooring fields and use their tenders to visit the island or provision the yacht.


sandy ground marina
Sandy Ground is a narrow peninsula with an ocean front beach on Road Bay to the west and a 43ha (106 acre) salt flat to the east. Just 150m (492ft) wide, Sandy Ground is home to some of the best local restaurants and beaches on Anguilla, as well as many historic homes, all of which are threatened by sea level rise. The concept master plan for this site proposes to transform the salt flat into a megayacht marina capable of supporting nearly 2,900m (9,514ft) of berthing for vessels in excess of 100m (328ft) in length. The new marina will be nestled into the site and surrounded by a nature preserve for nesting terns and emergent wetland and upland vegetation. The maritime traditions of Anguilla will be preserved through a heritage centre that will share the traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and history of the Sandy Ground site. Additional elements include high end resort and residential, as well as marina service facilities, all on new land created by dredging the salt flat to create adequate depths for navigation. The plan avoids displacing existing residences and businesses and will also provide for the use of the dredge materials to raise the Sandy Ground neighbourhood above anticipated sea level rise.