LOCATION OF THE
South of the 'little Antilles', Martinique, Saint Lucia
and the Grenadines belong to the windward islands. It doesn't mean that they are
Martinique island, French department, is full of contrasts
between the lagoons in the south and volcanic summits in the north.
Saint Lucia, previous English colony, mountainous and
green, is quite impressive with its pitons 700 meters above the sea.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are one area, but are so
different!... high summits at Saint Vincent, low corralled archipelago in the
rest of the Grenadines.
Sailing down the Grenadines, beam reach, is
sometimes long but very pleasant, sometimes on flat sea leeward of the islands,
sometimes a bit rough in the channels.
This area is not difficult for the sailor, apart from the
reefs that are on the charts.
Secluded anchorages are numerous and well protected.
There are a few marinas for provisioning.
The West Indies have pleasant weather condition all year
round thanks to the trade winds. The air temperature is between 25 and 30
C, the hottest in summer, water between 26 and 28 C.
the dry season (December to May) the trade winds are
permanently between 15 - 20 knots. Local showers can bring some extra wind for a
short period of time.
the wet season (June to November) winds are not that stable. It is also a season
when tropical storms may appear
good variety of local cuisine; fish is the king, delicious when 'facon creole'...
and taste the lambi, a local shell.
spoken: French and Creole in Martinique, English and Creole anywhere else.
Currency: Euro (Martinique), Dollar US
or Dollar Caribbean
'EC' anywhere else.
No visa for US citizens and EEC citizens. Passport
for all nationalities (even EEC) requested.
and Bouygues in Martinique, three-band anywhere
TO REACH THE GRENADINES
flights from Europe or the US towards Martinique or Saint Lucia. Local flights
between most of the small islands (Mustique, Union, Saint Vincent, Grenada).