Ideal for island hopping from deserted cays to fashionable harbours, the Leeward Islands span some 120 miles from Anguilla in the north to Dominicana in the south. The area is made up of several islands and nations, and its diverse history of French, Dutch and West Indian influences has resulted in varied cultures with their own Caribbean style. The islands are an exotic concoction of modern chic and laid-back Caribbean charm.
Cruise from the historical Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour towards the uninhabited Green Island lying just off the southeastern coast of Antigua. Enjoy a picnic ashore before returning to the mainland for dinner at Jumby Bay.
Barefoot relaxation is best reserved for the quieter low lying island of Barbuda. Explore the island’s miles of pink sand beaches and heavily wooded interior before an overnight crossing to Nevis.
Awake for breakfast at anchor in Tamarind Bay before exploring the exclusive island of Nevis. Step ashore and discover a tangle of tropical rainforests splashed with wild orchids, sugar cane hillsides and palm shaded ribbons of sandy coastlines. Later enjoy a sunset cocktail on Pinney’s Beach.
Cruise across The Narrows to St Kitts where you will find a thriving West Indian culture. For diving enthusiasts, the Sandy Point Reef National Marine Park has challenging diving through its 30m-long canyons.
The waters surrounding the tiny island of St Eustatius offer a multitude of snorkelling opportunities around hard and soft coral. Cruise on to the perfect hideaway island of Saba for a peaceful night’s anchorage.
To experience the French Riviera of the Caribbean, look no further than St Barths. As you cruise towards the island its lush vegetation and bright red roofed houses immediately catch your eye. Once you step ashore, the superb restaurants, glamorous beach scene, designer boutiques and chic island charm steals your heart.
Cruise to the east of St Martin to the low-lying coral island of Anguilla. Radiating an unspoilt innocence, and inhabited by friendly, laid back locals, the island has been sparingly developed.
Home to two sovereign nations, the island of St Martin/St Maarten has two distinct cultures. Part French and part Dutch, the island has exuberant nightspots, duty free shops and grand casinos. Disembark here and enjoy an upbeat, cosmopolitan experience as you gently acclimatise back to 21st century life.