Caribbean Windward and Leeward Islands

The Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands lie like a ‘backbone’ framing the Caribbean Sea, luring sailors, cruise ships, and charter yachts to their shores for their close to perfect climate, a staggering array of diverse cultures, customs, cuisines and experiences, watersports and myriad attractions.

The term 'leeward islands' is derived from the course taken by most of the sailing ships that voyaged from Britain to the Caribbean. Driven by the trade winds, these vessels normally encountered Barbados, the island most to windward, as their first port of call.

The Windward Islands are the south-eastern islands of the Caribbean and simply called windward because they're exposed to the wind of the northeast trade winds. They include the islands of Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines and Grenada.

Dominica is the dividing line between the Windward and Leeward islands.

After progressing through the Windward Islands, these ships rounded off their voyages with the islands to leeward.

The Leeward Islands are called leeward because they're away from the wind or downwind (in the "lee"), and they include the Virgin Islands, Dominica, St Maarten (St Martin), Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla.

The climate of the Windwards is marine, and the extreme tropical heat is greatly tempered by the steady trade winds and daily sea breezes. A dry season alternates with a wet season, with the eastern sides of the islands receiving more rainfall because of the prevailing northeasterly trade winds.

The climate of the Leeward Islands is drier than the Windward Islands to the south but does vary from island to island and even in different parts of a single island; rainfall increases with elevation and in more southerly latitudes. Trade winds are a refreshingly soothing tonic to the tropical heat.

For charter yacht guests, both groups have their charms and innumerable reasons to chart a course and explore.

Contact your charter professionals at Luxury Charter Group to organize your next yachting holiday in the Caribbean.

Disclaimer: The information about luxury yachts displayed on this page is merely informational and these yachts are not necessarily available for yacht charter or for sale, nor are they represented or marketed in anyway by Luxury Charter Group. This web page and the superyacht information contained herein is not contractual. All yacht specifications and information is displayed in good faith but Luxury Charter Group does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the current accuracy, completeness, validity, or usefulness of any superyacht information and/or images displayed. All boat information is subject to change without prior notice and may not be current.

Related Blog Posts

Discover exotic Asia on a luxury charter yacht

Discover exotic Asia on a luxury charter yacht

Asia, the new frontier of charter, is a fascinating, pristine and diverse region comprising sophisticated cities, idyllic islands, ancient cultures and remote communities now open to luxury charter yachts. Learn more...

Five Family-Friendly Luxury Charter Yacht Destinations

Five Family-Friendly Luxury Charter Yacht Destinations

"There is no better way to connect family than having fun on the water". For some it is about celestial luxury, for others it's champagne-soaked parties – but many mega yacht vacations are all about lovely family occasions. We know both the luxury yachts and the destinations to make that superyacht vacation with your family truly sensational. Learn more...

Discover the Caribbean gem, the Grenadines

Discover the Caribbean gem, the Grenadines

The Grenadines are a heady mix of a wealthy tropical playground combined with stunning beauty and real get-away-from-it-all territory. It is an idyllic location for a luxury yacht charter, and here we share some of the places we recommend as the jewels in this Caribbean crown. Learn more...

A crewed yacht charter offers adventure & luxury

A crewed yacht charter offers adventure & luxury

Dive, surf, climb and tee off – no matter your favored outdoor pursuit, a mega yacht can take you there in style and comfort. Set a course for adventure on board a luxury yacht charter and let the team at the Luxury Charter Group guide you to the right yacht and destination for that dream vacation. Learn more...