The Leeward Islands provide the ultimate soporific lifestyle. Spanning some 120 miles from the northern outpost of Anguilla to mountainous Domenica in the south, both ashore and on the water, the diverse history and varied nations, cultures and cuisine make this island chain a microcosm of the world. From the sophisticated French island of St Barth’s to the old world charm of Antigua, each unique sanctuary offers an exotic concoction of modern chic and laid-back Caribbean charm.
Beaches are what the Caribbean does best and Antigua alone has 365, one for every day of the year. Some are only accessible by yacht, others are ideal for partygoers or watersport enthusiasts but all offer shimmering blue waters and coral reefs protecting silky soft sands. The nearly deserted stretch of Pink Beach on the island of Barbuda reaches from Spanish Point to Palmetto Point, allowing you to walk for miles without encountering another footprint: barefoot luxury at its best.
The varied cultural influences of the Leeward Islands, including French, Dutch and West Indian ensure an equally varied choice of cuisine and a number of wonderful restaurants to choose from. From traditional Caribbean jerk enjoyed in casual beach bars to fresh fish served in fine dining settings, the island of Anguilla offers true gastronomic feasts. Sample the lobster caught that morning with a chilled glass of wine and soak up the laid back ambience before moving on to one of the chic bars for an evening of laughter and music. Whether cruising as a couple, a family or with a group of friends, the combination of rest and relaxation, exciting cultures and opportunities for watersports provide something for everyone in this stunning chain of islands.
- Dive the seabed museum, six marine parks and nine dive wrecks in the waters surrounding Anguilla
- Jump in to the coral grottoes at Sandy Point Reef, St Kitts
- Swim with leatherback, hawksbill and green turtles in Maunday’s Bay, Anguilla
- Dive the underwater volcanic fissures and canyons surrounding St Eustatius
- Jump in and dive Antigua’s Pillars of Hercules, a group of coral columns resembling an ancient Greek temple
- Stretch out languorously in the sun on the decks of your yacht
- Windsurf around Barnes Bay, Anguilla
- Discover 17 miles of pink coral beaches on Barbuda
- Anchor off Antigua’s Half Moon Bay on the east coast, said to be amongst the best beaches in the Caribbean
- People watch on the cosmopolitan beach of St Jean, St Barth’s
- The most impressive man-made site in the Caribbean – and the most essential viewing – is English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua.
- For reggae, steel pans and lots of lively dancing, make time to head to the Shirley-Heights ‘jump-up’ every Sunday on Antigua.