Caribbean Cruising Areas
The cruising islands of the Caribbean form a fantastic arc from St Thomas to Trinidad. They are traditionally described as the Leeward Islands in the north and the Windwards in the south.
This string of volcanic and coral islands are surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters, cooled by constant easterly trade winds and filled with colour. They provide a unique variety of island scenery and offer in different ways something for everyone. From spectacular tropical forest hillsides and waterfalls, excellent diving and snorkeling with corals and colourful fish, safe swimming, white sand beaches, historic forts, sleepy villages and bustling markets, bars, fashionable restaurants and shopping and an easy going lifestyle, the list could go on for ever. Seldom too hot, never cold, they offer beautiful scenery and some of the best sailing in the world.
While they are typically only a few hours sailing from one another, they represent a range of island nations with diverse cultures, geography and often language too, having been influenced over the centuries by the British, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Americans and others. For chartering the Caribbean offers three distinct areas:
» Virgin Islands » Leeward Islands » Windward Islands