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Guide To A Sailing Charter In The Caribbean Leeward Islands

Apr 5, 2008
Variety - this is the main reason why sailing in Leeward Islands is "just the thing". You can enjoy different cultures at one trip. Leeward Islands are located in Lesser Antilles' northern region along the West Indies. It is a group of several islands which include:

- The American Virgin Islands (once colonized by the US)
- The British Virgin Islands (UK)
- Guadeloupe including its dependencies (France)
- St. Eustatius (Netherlands)
- Saba (Netherlands)
- St. Martin (Netherlands and France)
- Antigua and Barbuda (UK)
- St. Kitts and Nevis (UK)
- Montserrat (UK)
- Anguilla (UK)
- Dominica (UK)
- Saint Bartholomew

For the sake of geographical suitability, the Isla Aves is included in the Leeward Islands. Because of the islands' different colonizers, they don't share each others culture and tradition. Each of them is unique and diverse.

The name "Leeward" was given to the group of islands because of the current winds in the region that blows from northwest. These trade winds are almost constant all over the year and blows from 10 to 25 knots. Because of the Atlantic ocean, the strongest currents and largest waves are most often on the northeastern sides of the islands. The waters of the Caribbean Sea are normally much calmer and make easier sailing.

Cruising in Leeward Islands is best done from the months of November to July. This period is considered as the most perfect yacht season of the year. Also, the months of December to March is considered as the peak season wherein thousands of local and international sailors all around the world flock the Leewards and sail its magnificent coastal waters.

Average air temperatures range from 22 to 30 C (72 to 86 F) and the water temperatures stay between 20 and 23 C (68 and 74 F).

July to October is the least attractive months because this is when the hurricane season is very prevalent.

The island of Saba is one of the smallest islands of Leewards. Its size is only about 5 square miles. The islet is almost completely made of rocks. However, it is an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkeling. If you want a little bit of British and Dutch blends, you should visit Saba.

One of the best starting points when cruising in Lewards is in Antigua. This islet is a major yacht hub not only in the Lewards but also in the Caribbean. Antigua became famous when it became Great Britain's base in the West Indies during the 18th century. Antigua has remarkable beaches with stunning white sand.

The Lewards (as it is sometimes called) is volcanic in nature. Because of this, the islands have very fertile lands full of lush vegetation. The climate around the Lewards is considered as sub-tropic. It is warm with a touch of beachy temper.

The first post colonial history of Lewards started in 1493 when it was rediscovered by Christopher Columbus. However, it was in the first part of the 17th century when the islands hosted its first migrant settlement.
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