The Leeward Islands (Virgin Islands, Antigua, St Martin and Guadeloupe) are the northern islands of the Caribbean West Indies. They are situated where the Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean.
The name Leeward Islands, comes from prevailing winds, the fastest route west across the Atlantic to the Caribbean from Europe brought sailing ships halfway between Dominica and Martinique becoming the dividing line between the Windward Islands in the south and the Leeward Islands in the north.
The Caribbean Windward Islands are called thus because the prevailing trade winds in the West Indies blow from east to west. The transatlantic currents and winds that provided the fastest route across the ocean brought ships to the rough dividing line between the Windward and Leeward islands in the Caribbean.
The Windward Islands are Martinique (French West Indies) and all the others islands are part of the Commonwealth: Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and also Grenada.
Yacht charter in the Windward Islands are available in Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Grenadines and also Grenada.
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