Sailing the Windward Islands

A rich blend of French and West Indian culture.

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Windward Islands at a glance
Sail the Windward Islands, dive on reef drop offs, hike up volcanic pitons and visit celebrity hot spots. Sailing from Martinique or Grenada, you’ll experience a rich blend of French and West Indian culture and the rum punch is not to be missed.

Windward Islands

The second most sought after sailing cruising ground in the Caribbean, the Caribbean Windward islands (CWI) of the West Indies are famous for pirate lore, rum plantations and safe harbours. Must see islands: Martinique, Grenada, St Lucia and the St Vincent and Grenadine islands of Bequia, Mustique, Carriacou and Tobago Cays.

Sailing yourself: a more challenging yacht charter destination for intermediate level sailors with some longer passages and Atlantic swell between islands.

Your choices for sailing in the Windward Islands
When to enjoy sailing in the Caribbean Windward Islands (CWI)

The winter months December to May avoids the hottest time of year and hurricane season. Hurricane season is typically July to November.

The Windward Islands are a great yacht charter destination for the intermediate sailor. A sailing license or certificate is not mandatory for yacht charter/bareboat and flotilla yacht charters but you will be asked to provide a sailing resume. For luxury charter, skippered charter or cabin charter, you do not require any experience or certification.

Discover the Windward Islands

Depending on your chosen sailing Windward Islands itinerary, board a catamaran in Martinique or Grenada and visit some of these stunning locations.

St Lucia
St Vincent
Union Island
Tobago Cays
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