Of volcanic origin, the islands are generally rugged, mountainous, and well forested, and they have many streams and lakes. With an equable climate, ample rainfall, and rich soil, they produce a variety of tropical agricultural crops for export, including bananas, spices, limes, and cacao. The deep and sheltered harbors encourage considerable inter-island commerce. Fort-de-France, on Martinique, and Castries, on Saint Lucia, are the islands' chief cities. The islands are largely inhabited by descendants of Africans, who were brought as slaves during the colonial period. The culture varies from island to island, but the French influence is particularly strong.
This jewel area of the Caribbean hosts yacht charters year-round, with a rainy season from July through October. From its distinctive cuisine to its language, The Windward Islands exude the ambiance of Paris with the warmth, friendliness and spice of the West Indies.
Luxury charter yachts ply from island to island in the Grenadines, pampering their yacht charter guests while they sail between quiet villages on unspoiled islands to countless secluded beaches. Just south of St. Vincent, charter yachts can visit enchanting Bequia, the largest island of the Grenadines. A must stop within easy cruising distance for sailing yacht or motor yacht charters is the spectacular anchorage area in the Tobago Cays.
Popular Windward Islands:
Full of rugged natural beauty, black volcanic sand beaches with excellent diving, good access by plane to start or finish your yacht charter
Accessible only by boat, native craftsmen handcraft colorful small working boats as well as much smaller ships' models
Hideaway for the rich and famous.
Spectacular cluster of uninhabited cays with excellent diving. Many secure anchorages lie within its colorful reefs with nothing but ocean between you and Africa!
Southern end of the Windward Islands. Its airport provides easy USA and international access.
As with most of the Caribbean, the Windward Islands yacht charter season runs from November through July. The primary high season is from mid-December to March, when the winter escapees from North America and Europe arrive in their greatest numbers. The hurricane season is from late July to early October. Although hurricanes are generally rare, this is the least expensive time for Windward Island yacht charters and there are some really good deals available. However, as well as running the risk of storms, this time of year also tends to have lighter (or non-existent) winds. Winds are higher and more constant in the Windward Islands than in other areas of the Caribbean, making this area more favored for sailing yacht charters than motor yacht charters.
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