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.
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.
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.
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
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.