The Windward Islands are so called because they were more exposed to the wind of the northeast trade winds to sailing ships arriving in the New World than the Leeward Islands. The winds and the trans-Atlantic currents that provided the fastest route across the Atlantic Ocean brought these old sailing ships to the rough dividing line between the Leeward and Windward islands.
The Windward Islands are located on the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea and are the southern, generally larger islands of the Lesser Antilles and lie south of the Leeward Islands. The Windward group includes the islands of Martinique, St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The majority of the Windward Islands are volcanic and mountainous but a few are flat coral structures, notably Barbados.
Most of the islands of the present “Windward Islands” were once ruled by France and considered to be part of the French Antilles. The islands are largely inhabited by descendants of Africa who were brought as slaves during the colonial period. The culture varies from island to island, but the French influence is particularly strong from the language to the distinctive cuisine.
Today the Windward Islands in the Caribbean are one of the world’s most popular yacht travel destinations. The region enjoys high temperatures and pleasant weather all year around and temperatures generally range from around 23°C in the winter to 30°C in the summer which attracts large numbers of people seeking a vacation in an idyllic tropical Caribbean island paradise. Vegetation is lush and tropical with many streams and lakes, misty rain forests and palm-lined sandy beaches.
The weather is wetter and winds are higher and more constant in the Windward Islands than in other areas of the Caribbean, making this area more favoured for sailing yacht charters than motor yacht charters.
The high season for a Caribbean Windward Yacht Charter runs from November through July, peaking between mid-December and March. The rainy and less windy season extends from July through October with the possibility of hurricanes making this the least expensive time for a Caribbean Windward Yacht Charter.
Summer : 1st May – 30th November (Low Season)
Hurricane season is June – November
Usually September and October are very quiet months, and most crews haul their boats and return home, as this seems to be the most active time for hurricanes.
We recommend that clients take out trip insurance during the summer months, in order to get their money back if they have to cancel with a named storm. We have a list of Trip Insurance Providers if requested.
Winter : 1st December – 30th April (High Season)
First two weeks in January are quiet as everyone has just taken their holiday vacations but the rest of the period is very busy.
Charter rates are 10-15% higher for Xmas and New Year.