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Boats for rent in: Lesser Antilles

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Lesser Antilles

In the Lesser Antilles you can sail throughout the year. By the constant trade winds, the stable air and the water temperatures there are ideal sailing conditions for your charter trip.

  • Year-round sailing area
  • Ideal wind conditions
  • Uneven infrastructure
  • Tropical climate

An exotic archipelago

The charter area of the Lesser Antilles are a group of islands in the eastern Caribbean. The islands extend from the Virgin Islands in the north, to the coast of Venezuela in the south. Along with the Bahamas and The Greater Antilles, The Lesser Antilles form the West Indian Islands. The Leeward Islands are in the north of the Lesser Antilles and include The Virgin Islands, St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda. The southern part includes: Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, (known as the ABC islands.) From island to island there are significant differences in culture and nationality. Some are British, French or Dutch colonies, and others are small independent states. Within the Caribbean islands the Lesser Antilles are the most popular for yacht charter. Sailing crews can expect a tropical panorama of white sand beaches, palm trees and turquoise waters as far as the eye can see. There is an abundance of marine life that includes colorful coral reefs and exotic fish.

Many atractions for visitors

Yacht charters in the Leeward Islands offers many exciting sailing opportunities and the best spots are numerous and debated amongst avid travellers.
The choices are endless, you can choose between the easily manageable islands of the British Virgin Islands, the partly French and partly Dutch St. Maarten / Saint Martin or the luxury island of St. Barts.  Perhaps the island of Nevis that is almost circular and surrounded by coral reefs, the five beautiful islands of Les Saintes or the lush flora and fauna of Dominica tickle your fancy.  Others will sail the impressive volcanic island of St. Eustatius, the very European Charter Centre Martinique or charter the popular unspoiled islands of Antigua and Barbuda.
Sail through the tropical rain forest and the waterfalls of the Deshaies River, charter the wooded mountains and rugged cliffs of Grande Terre or explore the island of Grenada by boat. Uncover the unique and mountainous volcanic island of Carriacou or Tobago with its rich scenery. Sail the small uninhabited Palm Islands in the Tobago Cays, the largely unspoiled Anguilla or the extinct volcanoes of St. Lucia.  The island of Trinidad with different nationalities and religions, the green and fertile St. Vincent with the 1467 m high volcano and the many wonderful islands of the Grenadines are also arguably the best spots for a boat trip. The sheer diversity of these islands and the beauty of the landscape make the Lesser Antilles a paradise on earth.

 

Good infrastructure for a yacht charter

In the Lesser Antilles the marinas and charter bases are unevenly distributed. The largest bases are located in Martinique and the British Virgin Islands where boat rental and services can be found. More marinas and charter bases can be found on St. Martin, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia and Grenada. For Caribbean newcomers the Virgin Islands, Martinique and Guadeloupe are recommended. These islands have good facilities and are easy to navigate. The main ports of the Lesser Antilles are: Tortola, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Union, Iceland, Bequia, Grenada and Trinidad. In addition to the marinas and ports, there are numerous idyllic coves where you can anchor safely.

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable

Marinas, harbors and cities in the sailing area Leeward Islands 

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  • Oyster Pond
  • English Harbour
  • Pointe à Pitre
  • Marina Fort Louis / Marigot Harbour
  • Cole Bay Anchorage at Port de Plaisance Marina
  • Great Harbour / Codrington harbor
  • The Catamaran Marina / Falmouth Harbour
  • Marina Anse Marcel
  • Jolly Harbour

 

Sailing Routes Lesser Antilles

A yacht charter vacation in Saint Martin will be the ultimate island getaway. White sands and turquoise waters stretch as far as the eye can see, and this route takes you to the most beautiful islands and beaches off the beaten track. Begin at Oyster Pond... more

Airports nearby Lesser Antilles

  • Antigua and Barbuda (Air Field) to Great Harbour: 12 km, 16 minutes
  • Osbourn, Antigua and Barbuda (LIAT Hanger) to The Catamaran Marina: 18 km, 24 minutes
  • Osbourn, Antigua and Barbuda (LIAT Hanger) to Jolly Harbour: 19 km, 23 minutes
  • Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport to Pointe à Pitre: 11 km, 16 minutes
  • Princess Juliana International Airport to Oyster Pond: 15 km, 22 minutes
  • Princess Juliana International Airport to Cole Bay Anchorage: 3 km, 4 minutes
  • VC Bird International Airport to English Harbour: 24 km, 29 minutes
  • Vigie Beach, Castries, Saint Lucia (George Charles Airport) to Marigot Bay Anchorage: 16 km, 24 minutes
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Climate & Weather

There is a moist, tropical climate in the Lesser Antilles. It is possible to sail all year round, but the best time of the year is November. There are warm waters and air temperatures throughout the year: the average annual temperature is 27 °C and the water ranges from 20 °C to just above 30 °C. The wind conditions are very good as the northeast trade winds blow consistently at 2-6 Bft. Out of season there is a risk of hurricanes, but they are well predicted. The likelihood of tropical storms is highest in the months of August and September. The northern Leeward Islands are affected by the northeast trade winds, humid air masses, and short, sometimes violent rain storms and as a result the islands have very green vegetation. The "Windward Islands" lie off the north coast of South America and are no longer in the area of influence of the trade winds, so here you will find a much drier climate.