Caribbean Leeward Islands – Tips For A Sailing Holiday
October 8, 2021
If you want to sail many places at a single shot, try the Leeward Islands. Sailing in Leeward Islands can comprise various routes and interesting cultures. This is because it is a number of several island nations and independent territories that have been once colonized by the US, UK, France, and Netherlands. The Leewards is composed of the Virgin Islands (American and British), Saint Bartholomew, Montserrat, St. Martin, Dominica, Anguilla, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, and St. Eustatius. Among these, the largest is the American and British Virgin Islands. Because of geographical situation, Isla Aves has been included as a part of the Leeward Islands.
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.
Sailing in Leeward Islands is best done from the months of November to July. This period is recognized as the most perfect yacht season of the year. Also, the months of December to March is recognized 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.
Leeward Islands have been considered as one of the most excellent sailing regions in the world. This is true especially along of St. Martin, Antigua, and Dominica. At present, you will notice a lot of big cruises such as luxury motor yachts and Super Yachts while cruising in the Lewards.
One of the best starting points when cruising in Lewards is in Antigua. This place 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 beautiful white sand.
From Antigua, you can turn your route to St. Kitts and Nevis – one of Caribbean’s several “twin island nations”. Sailing in Leeward Islands through the St. Kitts and Nevis, your itinerary can be filled with adventure and fun. The place is beautiful and its waters so magical. It is also very historic as evidenced by its old sugar plantations, forts, and monuments.