If you plan to sail yacht charters in the Lesser Antilles, be prepared for the endless possibilities. The island is grouped into two: the Windward and the Leeward Islands. The former comprises Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada. The latter consists of Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and St Barths, St Martin/St Maarten, Anguilla and the US and the British Virgin Islands. If you haven’t booked a charter to the Lesser Antilles, here are 5 reasons you should.
#1. Paradise on Earth
The Lesser Antilles offers amazing spots for diving and gorgeous beaches that are teeming with fascinating marine life. That’s not all; quaint towns and villages, as well as lush tropical mountains and palm-fringed shorelines that captivate the hearts of any visitor.
#2. Many tourist attractions
Yacht charters in the Leeward Islands bring you plenty of sailing opportunities, taking you to the island’s best spots. Go for a more thrilling adventure as you sail the volcanic Island of Sint Eustatius or experience ultimate relaxation on the pristine beaches of Antigua and Barbuda.
There’s also the opportunity to explore Grenada islands by boat, and discover lush mountains in the volcanic island of Carriacou. All the beautiful landscapes on the Lesser Antilles easily make the island a must-visit paradise.
#3. A great base for yacht charter
Lesser Antilles charter bases and marines are distributed evenly, with the largest bases found in Martinique and the British Virgin Islands. Boat rental services are also available on those bases. First-time Caribbean visitors are advised to visit Martinique, Guadeloupe and Virgin Islands first as they have facilities and are easier to navigate. Remember the main ports of the Lesser Antilles, which are ST. Thomas, Tortola, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Thomas, St. Martin, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Antigua, Bequia, Union, Trinidad and Grenada.
#4. Beautiful sailing routes
This one is an obvious reason to sail the Lesser Antilles. A yacht charter in Saint Martin will be a remarkable island vacation. Sparkling turquoise waters and gorgeous white sand beaches stretch out. The route will give you a view of the glorious islands and unspoiled beaches.
#5. Ideal climate and weather
The Caribbean has always been the perfect island getaway because of its ideal climate and weather. In the Lesser Antilles, the climate is tropical and moist, which makes year-round sailing possible. The best time to visit the area, however, is in November.
Wind conditions are great as the northeast trade winds consistently blow at 2-6 Bft. Hurricanes may occur out of season but there’s always a way of predicting it. Tropical storms are highly likely around August and September. Northern Leeward Islands are also affected by humid air masses, sometimes short violent rainstorms and northeast trade winds. For this reason, the Leeward Islands have plenty of lush green vegetation. The Windward Islands are located off South America’s north coast and are away from the area of influence of the trade winds. Because of that, these islands have a much drier climate compared to the Leeward Islands.